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  • Dana-Farber Communications Internships

    Communications Department intern

    Since our founding in 1947, Dana-Farber has been committed to providing adults and children with cancer and blood disorders with the best treatment available today, while developing tomorrow's cures through cutting-edge research.

    Dana-Farber's Communications department performs many of the functions of a full-service, in-house communications agency — for which we have won numerous awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications, the Publicity Club of New England, Women in Communications, and others.

    We use our communications expertise to support Dana-Farber's fight against cancer by:

    • Building awareness of, and support for, the Institute's life-saving mission
    • Providing marketing and communications services for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
    • Enhancing communication with patients and families
    • Helping employees work more effectively

    As a Communications intern, you have the opportunity to be part of one of the most active communications departments in our area and make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.

    Editorial Internship
    • Interview members of the Dana-Farber community
    • Write news and feature stories, and cover events
    • Write, edit, proofread, and manage communications projects
    • Assist in production of online videos, event and program collateral, and other forms of digital and print content
    Media Relations Internship
    • Develop and distribute news materials to reporters
    • Learn and work with web-based media monitoring systems
    • Research, write, and send targeted "hometowner" press releases
    • Organize news coverage clips and create post-event media reports
    • Help with managing reporters during celebrity visits or promotional events
    Photography Internship
    • Work directly with the staff photographer on photo shoots for print and Web
    • Learn and work with photo database management software
    • Post-production image management with Adobe Lightroom
    Videography Internship
    • Create Web videos
    • Assist in filming, editing, and lighting segments
    • Update media tracking video database
    • Format edited video segments for Web use
    Interactive Internship
    • Research and write content for the Dana-Farber, Jimmy Fund, and/or DFCIOnline (intranet) websites
    • Maintain content on the Dana-Farber, Jimmy Fund, and DFCIOnline sites
    • Work with editors to review and edit sections on the sites
    • Interview members of the Dana-Farber community for stories
    • Support and assist with social media campaigns
    Client Communications Internship
    • Assist in strategic communications planning for internal clients, such as women's cancers and blood cancers
    • Manage communications projects and content that support clients' communications goals with external and internal audiences
    • Assist with research projects
    • Help manage the development of patient education materials
    • Support updates of internal contact, project, and content management databases

    Requirements

    • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or master's program for the duration of the internship
    • Receive course credit for the internship
    • Dedicate 20 hours per week, between Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., for 13 weeks
    • Strong preference given to juniors, seniors, and graduate students
    • International students are welcome to apply

    To apply for a spring 2018 internship, please send your cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples (or visual samples for photo and video interns) to student_internships@dfci.harvard.edu with the name of the internship you prefer in the subject line by Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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  • What is it like to work here?

    • Shannon WattersonShannon Watterson tweeted about her life as a senior communications specialist. Shannon manages communication for many departments and coordinates social media for the Young Adult Program.