Education Development Center, Inc. Health Communication Intern in Washington, District Of Columbia

Health Communication Intern(I030918)

Job Type

Temporary Part-time


US Division


Office: Washington, DC

Job Details


Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

EDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

EDC has an opening for a Health Communication Intern, reporting to the Associate Director for Communications for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), located within the U.S. Division’s Suicide, Violence, and Injury Prevention Portfolio. The Intern will be paid hourly and will be expected to work a consistent schedule of 20/hours per week for 8-12 weeks during the months of June-August, 2018. Eligible candidates for this opening will be physically located at the EDC Georgetown office in Washington, D.C.

The Action Alliance is charged with advancing theNational Strategy for Suicide Prevention(NSSP) by championing suicide prevention as a national priority, catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of theNSSP, and cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress.The Action Alliance has three key priorities which were chosen for their potential to produce the systems-level change necessary to substantially lower the number of suicides in our nation. These include:

•Transforming health systems to reduce suicide– we look to engage key stakeholders to improve and strengthen suicide care in our nation’s health systems.

•Changing the conversation– we leverage news media, entertainment industry representatives, and suicide prevention messengers to change the national narrative around suicide from one that focuses on death and despair to one that emphasizes hope, help, and recovery.

•Transforming community-based suicide prevention– we look for ways to support and advance the implementation of effective suicide prevention strategies in communities nationwide.

The Action Alliance’s Executive Committee– representing senior leaders from diverse public e.g., (U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice) and private sectors (e.g., Entertainment Industries Council, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, NFL, Optum, Union Pacific, Universal Health Services) – is the driving force of Action Alliance by providing strategic direction to advance this important work.More information can be found This opening is hosted in conjunction with EDC’s summer 2018 internship program. Participants in this program will interact within a cohort of 6-8 peers and have exposure to weekly public health, education, and general career-related professional development opportunities including but not limited to: peer to peer networking across the Waltham, New York City, Washington D.C. and Chicago offices; skill-building on specific technologies commonly used in public health and education research and consulting; health and education writing for training and technical assistance, and more.

EDC casual employees generally work as needed. A casual position receives statutory benefits of Social Security contributions, Medicare contributions, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation insurance and sick leave. A casual position ends when work is complete.


The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

The Health Communication Intern would contribute to multiple marketing and communications-related initiatives for the Action Alliance. Primary internship responsibilities include the following:

•Update and maintain Action Alliance’s social media presence.

•Assist in planning the Action Alliance’s efforts for National Suicide Prevention Week.

•Assist in planning, writing and managing monthly eNewsletter.

•Update media list and monitor coverage for media opportunities.

•Design flyers, shareable social media images, graphics, e-vites and other marketing materials for major events hosted by the Action Alliance.

•Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications.

•Assist with planning stakeholder meetings (in-person or conference calls), including the biannual Action Alliance Executive Committee meeting, by helping to craft agendas, design presentations, taking photos, and writing meeting summaries.

•Other duties as assigned to support the Action Alliance.

The Intern is expected to:

• Effectively interact with diverse staff

• Learn teamwork; incorporate feedback

• Adapt readily

• Seek help and support as needed


This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

• Current enrollment in a graduate-level, degree-granting program relevant to communications, such as Communications, Health Communications, Marketing, or Public Relations.

• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and Google Documents (knowledge of Photoshop or design software is a plus).

• Focused, self-directed.

• Good people skills.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Working knowledge of major social media platforms.

• Ability to manage numerous projects, requests, and responsibilities.

• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.

• Must have at least one year of relevant work experience.

Cover Letter Required


EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453

No phone calls, please

Posted: 3/9/18

As an EOE/AA employer, EDC does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status. EDC is a smoke-free workplace.