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Communications Intern (CHI #1920-66)

City: Chicago

State: Illinois

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for two Communications Intern to join our incredible team in our Chicago, IL office. Working alongside members of the Marketing & Communications Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission:  to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy.

In this role, the intern will assist the American Lung Association, Western Division staff to execute marketing and communications activities to gain experience in the field of communications. 


This is a great opportunity for the intern to enhance their skills in organization, multi-tasking and communications.  The intern can expect to develop confidence and marketable skills by engaging in or assisting with many of the following activities:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the American Lung Association
    • Become knowledgeable of mission, development, and communications efforts.
    • Gain technical training by utilizing media monitoring platforms, social media platforms and Microsoft Office applications.
    • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
  • Communications
    • Assist with general administrative support for communications to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
    • Assist in the development of media materials such as press releases, facts sheets and briefing documents, as well as working to develop compelling media pitches and story angles.
    • Assist in compiling media lists, media calendars and communications plans.
    • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute communications efforts for events, programs and advocacy efforts for teams throughout the Western Division.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a basic understanding of media monitoring and social media platforms.
  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Gain technical training by utilizing the best practices for media relations, including media planning, the development of media materials, pitching media, following up and compiling communications reports.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to develop communications for American Lung Association fundraising events, educational programs and advocacy efforts.
  • Learn to cultivate relationships.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.


Before internship begins, documentation from the school may be required stating that this internship opportunity is eligible for academic credits.

This is an unpaid internship position requiring a minimum time commitment of 15 hours per week (flexible schedule) and must be eligible for course credit. This internship will start at the beginning of Spring 2020 Quarter or Semester and will conclude at the end of the academic term.


  • Must be working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Non-Profit Management, Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or related field
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit for internship
  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in developing a career in public relations, communications, marketing, or non-profit management
  • Qualified candidates should possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and have a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all unpaid interns and volunteers must abstain from tobacco use in any form


Please e-mail you cover letter and resume to (include EXACT title in subject of email):


The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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