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Fall 2016: Virginia Department of Health Professions - Communications Intern (Deadline Sept. 15)

Aug 25, 2016

Posted in: Advertising internships, Journalism internships, Internships & scholarships, Public Relations internships

Virginia Department of Health Professions Seeks Communications Intern

Gain hands on media and public relations experience with healthcare regulatory agency  


The Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) is interviewing candidates for an eight to ten-hour a week Communications internship to total 100 hours from September 2016 through December 2016. There is an option to renew following completion of this engagement. Interns will receive academic credit hours to be arranged through the School.

To learn more about DHP and its work to license and regulate Virginia’s 350,000 healthcare practitioners please visit the website at and use the left scroll bar to access and review the Healthcare Workforce Data Center portion of the site.

Candidates will have strong writing skills, strong computer skills, an interest in healthcare related communications and a demonstrated appreciation for the dissemination of governmental statistical information to the public and other stakeholder groups, including the news media.  Additionally, some experience with graphic design is beneficial.  Internet access, a telephone and computer are required.

Two three-paragraph writing samples, a resume and an in-person interview are requested.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of communications staff located in DHP’s Office of the Director at the Perimeter Center Building, Suite 300 at 9960 Mayland Drive, Henrico, approximately 15 miles from campus.  This is a 25 minute car ride.  Telephone and one-on-one meetings with the DHP Director of Communication and Communications Assistant will be convened to provide guidance and feedback on projects.

This opportunity is a portfolio builder for a future communications executive with assignments that can be completed off site. Online work includes: drafting media materials, such as press releases; talking points; drafting online copy; conducting research, such as media list development and story placement ideas; and, drafting outreach correspondence. Select projects including implementation of media and other special events will take place on site at DHP.

Applicants may make their interest known in writing by US Mail or email on or before September 15, 2016 to:

Diane Powers

Director of Communications

Virginia Department of Health Professions

9960 Mayland Drive

Suite 300

Henrico, Virginia  23233