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Summer 2017: VCU Massey Cancer Center - Communications Intern

Apr 26, 2017

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

VCU Massey Cancer Center is among the top 4 percent of cancer centers in the country to be designated by the National Cancer Institute to lead and shape America’s cancer research efforts. Working with all kinds of cancers, Massey conducts every form of cancer research, including basic science, translational, clinical and population sciences research; provides state-of-the-art cancer treatments and cutting-edge clinical trials; serves as a vital resource for oncology education, teaching and training; and promotes cancer prevention. Since 1974, Massey has been an internationally recognized center of excellence. Massey provides award-winning cancer care at multiple sites throughout Virginia by leading cancer sub-specialists and offers one of the largest cancer clinical trial menus as well as a statewide network that brings trials to communities across the Commonwealth. Its 1,000-plus researchers, clinicians and staff members are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by discovering, developing, delivering and teaching effective means to prevent, detect, treat and ultimately cure cancer.

Intern Responsibilities
VCU Massey Cancer Center seeks a highly motivated, creative and self-starting student to help support its communications initiatives. This unpaid internship offers a flexible schedule that will provide professional work experience and the ability to earn credits toward a degree in Mass Communications.

Candidates will gain practical skills while they help support public relations, communications, event planning and branding initiatives to build Massey’s reputation and promote its research, medical care and education and community outreach programs.  Other opportunities include working on special projects; developing content for a variety of audiences and mediums; assisting with social media campaigns; working with communications staff to develop pitches, press releases and media advisories and escort reporters covering cancer-related news stories; and performing research and administrative duties as they relate to a functioning communications office.

Qualifications
Interested students should have a working knowledge of AP Style for news and public relations writing. An interest in health care communications and an ability to research, summarize and translate technical information into layman’s terms is preferred.  Experience with video editing, photography, design and new media is a plus.

Credit
Internships are available year round on the MCV campus for two-or three-credit hours. Interns are not paid and must schedule regular hours (approximately 10 hours per week, depending on the credits earned).

How to Apply
To apply for a communications internship at VCU Massey Cancer Center, please email your resume, a cover letter explaining how the internship fits into your career plans and two complete writing samples of any length, fiction or nonfiction, to:

John Wallace
VCU Massey Cancer Center
PO Box 980023
1000 E. Marshall St.
Suite 408
Richmond, VA 23298
wallacej@vcu.edu