Truth Initiative
  • Truth Initiative
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Intern - Part Time

Internships at Truth Initiative!

Truth Initiative is currently searching for energetic and COMMITTED individuals for our Internship Program. Could this be YOU?

Moving toward empowering the first generation to end smoking is more than just a job 'it's what motivates us every day. We're looking for qualified individuals who share this spirit to participate in our internship program. 

As a Truth Initiative intern, you'll gain practical knowledge on public health issues, real world professional experience, valuable workplace skills and general career guidance. You'll work hard, learn a lot and have fun, too.

If you are confident that your diligence and passion can affect change, we want to hear from you! Our semester-long internships are paid and available in the fall, spring and summer.  Opportunities vary each semester, but are typically in the following areas of specialization: Marketing, Communications, Government Affairs, Human Resources, IT, Evaluation Science and Research, Youth Activism, and Community Youth & Engagement. Read below for more information!

How Long Will This Internship Last?

The duration of the internship varies depending on the semester. The fall and spring internships align with university academic semesters, while the summer internship runs from June to August. Fall and Spring Interns are requested to work between 15 to 20 hours a week, while summer interns may work up to a full-time schedule (37.5 hours). Interns are paid competitively (including a travel stipend) and are eligible to participate in the program for up to two semesters.

What Kind of Work Will I Do?

The Marketing Intern will help with a variety of tasks that vary from week to week. In the past, interns have conducted background research on potential partners, artists, and collaborators; assisted the grassroots marketing team with truth tour logistics and organization; coordinated ticket giveaways; coordinated internal approvals for creative; and fulfilled administrative tasks needed to help keep the campaign moving and department functioning.

The Communications Intern will assist in all aspects of the department and will be fully integrated into the Communications team. As an intern you will participate in team meetings and events as well as have opportunities to gain experience in supporting the team in a wide range of communications and administrative functions. Duties may include: writing press releases, drafting stories from our monthly newsletter, assembling press kits, researching media coverage, compiling reporter information, clipping/tracking media coverage, compiling clips reports, and assisting with in-house press conferences and events. Ideal candidates are current students pursuing their undergraduate degree in a related field.

The Public Policy Intern will support the efforts of Truth Initiative's outreach with various governmental entities. This internship also provides opportunities to become familiar with the political process by way of Capitol Hill hearings, briefings, and delivering materials to congressional offices. Ideal applicants will have an interest in public health/public policy and a strong interest in government affairs work. Previous experience on Capitol Hill or similar experience is a plus, but not required.

The Human Resources Intern will support Truth Initiative's Human Resources expertise center in various function areas and with special projects to broaden their knowledge of the HR function. They will assist with performance management projects, learn HRIS processes and assist in processing employee changes/updates, file/discard HR files and contracts consistent with Truth Initiative's document retention policy, read and understand Truth Initiative policies, procedures, and benefits to answer employee inquiries, and assist with updating benefits information into and HRIS. Ideal candidates are students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree with an interest in learning more about Human Resources as a profession.

The Information Technology Intern's primary responsibility will be to respond to user questions and issues about PC's and provide Help Desk support. PC support responsibilities will include, but not be limited to installing new and upgrading computers for staff, assisting with staff moves, and resolving hardware and software problems. The intern will also provide project based support in areas of interest to IT. Ideal candidates are current students pursuing their undergraduate degree in the areas of Electrical or Systems Engineering; Computer Science, or Business Information Technology.

The Evaluation Science and Research Intern will contribute to the work of evaluating the truth campaign.  The work of the Evaluation Science and Research expertise center consists of evaluating all aspects of the truth campaign and the role of the intern would be to assist the expertise center with any aspect of that process. Past tasks of interns have been conducting literature search for peer reviewed papers, assisting in searchers for campaign related information and data, testing online surveys used to evaluate the campaign and preparing results. Ideal candidates are detail oriented, possess excellent communication skills, and can work independently as well as collaboratively with other departments and in a fast-paced environment. Current students pursuing their graduate degree in public health are preferred but undergraduate students will be considered. An interest in behavioral research is a plus.

The Schroeder Institute Intern will contribute to the work of the department by assisting in producing codebooks for internal studies using in-house common codebook template, build repository of common survey measures in Qualtrics system, GeoCode FDA (Warning Letters & Passed Inspections), create GIS feature services for the Truth Initiative Tobacco Viewer,  and Geotag weekly reported study participant locations. Interested applicants are graduate students pursuing their degree in public health are preferred with at least 1 year of experience in an applied research setting, preferably working directly in tobacco control or substance abuse research.

The Youth Activism Intern will provide research & administrative support for the implementation of CAYE initiatives including but not limited to: Youth Activism Fellowship, National Summit for Youth Activism, the Tobacco-Free HBCU Initiative. The intern will also be responsible for the execution of strategies related to promoting and dissemination of the HBCU/Youth Activism toolkits.  Interested applicants are undergraduate students who have an interest in youth outreach, public health education, and health promotion or project implementation. 

The Community and Youth Engagement (CAYE) Intern will support Truth Initiative's Community and Youth Engagement expertise center in various function areas and with special projects to broaden their knowledge of social justice, philanthropy and community activism. The intern will be involved in various community initiatives such as smoke-free campuses, Head Start and community health center initiative. Ideal candidates are undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in philanthropy, community activism and social justice and are pursuing a degree in public or business administration, economic, or related fields.

What Kind of Background Do I Need?

Intern candidates are current students pursuing their undergraduate degree (graduate students are only considered for internships with our research teams). A passionate interest in public health or tobacco control is a plus. Experience working on multiple tasks and projects in a fast paced environment is essential. Those interested in applying should send their resume, references, and answers to the following questions (in 250 words or less). 

Why are you interested in interning at Truth Initiative?

What do you hope to contribute to Truth Initiative during your time as an intern?

How will this help you in your future career?

 

*Marketing Applicants 

In addition, submit a short response to the following prompt- Captain Crunch: Best breakfast cereal ever or weapon of breakfast destruction? Explain.

So what's in this for me?

Do I get paid? YES!

Will the work schedule be flexible? YES!

Will I be able to contribute to positive change in the lives of millions? Absolutely! The rewards are more than what can fit on this page!

So what's stopping you? Apply today!

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, salary history, and (3) professional references through our application system. 

OR 

Human Resources

Attn: Truth Initiative Internship Program

900 G Street, NW

Washington, DC  20001

Fax: (202) 454-5597

No telephone calls please.   

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

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