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Summer 2019: Department of Health Professions - Communications Intern (PAID -- Deadline March 15)

Mar 8, 2019

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

Program Description:  The summer job program at the Department of Health Professions (DHP) provides an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with knowledgeable staff in an environment devoted to protecting the public.  Our mission is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice and providing information to health care practitioners and the public. 

This summer job program will cover a period of 10 weeks, starting June 3, 2019 through August 9, 2019.  DHP sponsors a wide range of opportunities including research and policy development, data analytics and digital communications.


  • The Department of Health Professions Communications Division is seeking a junior, senior or graduate studies student intern enrolled in a four-year degree program in communications, journalism, English, Humanities or a Public Relations degree program to support external relations and other communications activities. Interest in Virginia‚Äôs healthcare workforce, media relations and digital communications is required to be a successful candidate. To apply for this position, use the link below that is specific for this position.

Eligibility:The DHP Summer Wage Job Program is for undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are at least eighteen years of age at the time they begin the program.  To be eligible, candidates must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A transcript will be required for selected candidates.


Compensation:  This is a paid summer wage position, with participants working approximately 30 hours a week earning $11.00 per hour.


Application Process:  Prospective candidates must submit a complete application packet by March 15, 2019.   A complete application packet includes:

  • a completed state application
  • a cover letter describing your interests and career goals
  • transcript

Selection:  The DHP Summer Wage Job Program is highly competitive.  Applications will be reviewed thoroughly and selections will be based on the quality of the complete application packet.  Prospective candidates may be interviewed either in-person, over the phone or via Skype.  Candidates may be required to undergo a writing work sample. Selected candidates will be informed of their selection by the hiring manager, generally in April. Selected candidates will be required to complete an I-9 form and provide documentation of identity for employment purposes.