Spring 2024: VCU Dept of Psychology, Humphrey Fellowship - Communications Intern

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright exchange initiative that brings experienced  professionals from selected countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle  East, Europe, and Eurasia to the United States for ten months of study and practical,  professional experiences. VCU is one of 13 universities in the country serving as a Humphrey  Campus, with a program that focuses on understanding and addressing a range of health issues.  The program emphasizes the use of culturally appropriate, science-based prevention, treatment,  and policy interventions. Core components of the program include leadership development,  discipline-specific knowledge building, and knowledge of U.S. systems to foster collaboration  and problem-solving. 

Name of Business: 

VCU Department of Psychology, Humphrey Fellowship Program  

Type of internship 

English, journalism, international affairs or public relations 

Communications Intern Position Description 

The VCU Department of Psychology's Humphrey Fellowship Program is seeking a talented and  motivated Communications Intern to join our team. The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a 10-month leadership program for mid-career international scholars working in the field of public  health. As a Communications Intern, you will work with the assistant coordinator to create  compelling content for digital and print materials, social media, and the web. You will have the  opportunity to tell the stories of mid-career international scholars working in public health and  demonstrate the impact of this Fulbright sponsored program on individuals and communities  domestically and around the world. 

Working for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, as a Communications Intern offers a variety of  unique opportunities and benefits including:

  • Exposure to international communications: As a Communications Intern, you will have  the opportunity to work with mid-career international scholars and gain experience in  communicating with diverse people from around the world. This will provide valuable  experience in cross-cultural communication and the opportunity to hone your  communication skills. 
  • Professional development: The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a prestigious program  with a strong reputation in the field of public health. As an intern, you will have the  opportunity to work with experienced professionals and gain valuable skills and  experience that will be transferable to future career opportunities. 
  • Networking: As an intern, you will have the opportunity to interact with scholars,  faculty, and staff from the Humphrey Fellowship Program as well as members of the  Richmond community. This will provide opportunities for networking and building  relationships that can be beneficial for future career opportunities. 
  • Impact: As a Communications Intern, your work will have a direct impact on the  program and its participants. By telling the stories of the Humphrey Fellowship Program  and associated stakeholders, you will help to raise awareness of the program and its  impact both domestically and internationally. 

Intern Responsibilities 

  • Research and write news stories, profiles, features, and social media content • Conduct interviews with faculty, staff, Humphrey Fellows, Richmond community  members and alumni as needed for stories 
  • Work with the assistant coordinator and the social media team with any  communications needs 
  • Utilize a content management system to assist with digital newsletter and web content 

Intern Qualifications 

  • Current junior, senior, or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher 
  • Strong writing, interviewing, and communication skills 
  • Ability to deliver creative content (text, image, and video)  
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel and PowerPoint, in particular) 
  • Familiarity with content scheduling tools, like Hootsuite  
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment 
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously • Self-starter with a desire to learn and grow in the field of communications • Familiarity with content management systems, social media platforms, and digital  marketing is a plus

When offered 

Year-round, hours are flexible; ideally 10 hours per week 


Unpaid; college credit 


Grace Street Center – 912 West Grace St., Monroe Park Campus 

Who to contact 

Heather Ashton, assistant coordinator 


How to contact 

Please email a cover letter/resume and writing samples to Heather Ashton, assistant  coordinator (ashtonhr@vcu.edu).