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Communication Internships

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    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 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.

    Client Communications Internship
    • Assist with strategic communications planning, project management, collateral and content development, and social media for major treatment centers
    • Develop materials and provide support for patient education events
    • Write and edit content for various communications and marketing materials
    • Participate in meetings across the Communications team and with clinicians and staff members
    Digital Web Internship
    • Assist with web quality and accessibility efforts
    • Write automated web tests
    • Learn version control, basic web development, and more
    Internal Communications Intranet Channel Internship
    • Assist with maintenance of the Dana-Farber intranet, including creating new pages
    • Work with site editor to review and edit page content
    • Contribute to news content by writing feature stories and covering events
    • Interview members of the Dana-Farber community
    • Assist in production of newsletters
    Marketing Communications Internship
    • Assist in developing and implementing marketing strategies
    • Assist with writing, editing and project management of program materials/marketing collateral
    • Assist in the development of web and blog content
    • Perform competitive analysis of the marketplace
    • May assist with marketing outreach for continuing medical education (CME) conferences
    News Video Production - Media Relations Internship
    • Research topics around science-based story ideas
    • Assist in production of news style videos including: filming reporter stand-ups and operating camera during interviews, and other duties as needed during interviews and film sessions
    • Log interviews
    • Write and format television news-style scripts
    • Pitch research- and science-based video stories to news media
    • Produce a final video project for resume reel (short news-style video with reporter stand-up)
    Social Media Internship
    • Work with the social media team to assist in development of social strategies for Dana-Farber
    • Monitor online presence and respond to comments across Dana-Farber’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, Pinterest, Google+
    • Support social listening, publishing, content creation, and reporting as needed
    Special Projects Internship
    • Assist with the activities related to celebrating Dana-Farber's 75th Anniversary
    • Assist in production of internal and external facing content (digital video, email, print)
    • Assist with historical archives organization (cataloging)
    • Assist with planning and executing in person and online events
    • Collaborate with members of Communications department
    Videography Internship
    • Create web videos
    • Assist in filming, editing, and lighting segments
    • Update media tracking video database
    • Format edited video segments for website use


    • 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

    The deadline for Summer 2023 internships is April 17, 2023.
    Please apply below with your cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples (or visual samples for photo and video interns).

    Apply for a Communication Internship

    If you have any questions, please email

  • Our Communications Internship Experience

    Laura Gartelman


    "I just accepted a position with the Los Angeles Chargers. I am going to be their year-long intern for video production and fan experience and I couldn't be more excited! I cannot thank you enough times for hiring me as your intern, and helping me create an amazing project last summer."



    "The work I did as a media relations intern was not only relevant and engaging, but it gave me great experience that I know will set me apart professionally. My time at Dana-Farber showed me the joy of non-profit, intentional work, and I am so grateful I was able to share patient stories and advocate for this amazing institution."



    "My time at Dana-Farber was invaluable. I truly felt my skills progressed each time I came into the office. From curating media lists, to becoming extremely familiar with pitching local reporters, these are skills I hope to carry with me for the rest of my career. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to intern at such a special place."