Public Affairs/Communication Internship


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


446 West 33rd StreetNew York, NY 10001


GMHC is a not-for-profit, data-driven, volunteer-supported, and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We provide HIV prevention and coordinated care services to men, women and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City. The Public Policy team advocates for fair, effective and fully-funded HIV/AIDS policies and programs at all levels of government - city, state and federal.

GMHC’s Public Affairs/Communication Internship Program provides real-world experience working with a cross-departmental team of non-profit professionals, and external stakeholders that include local and national media outlets, elected officials’ offices and government agencies to help end the epidemic and uplifting the lives of all affected. The program invites interns to actively participate in GMHC’s nationally recognized work with a specific focus on communications and social media.

Candidates will partner with the Vice President and Director of Public Affairs and policy to help manage and shape GMHC’s social media presence, draft key talking points for CEO and other staff, media advisories, press releases, fact sheets and critical communications used to support the overall communication strategy

Program Goals

  • Experiential Learning - Interns will actively learn through:
    • Direct participation in all aspects of the work of the department, from active engagement in daily project management and problem-solving meetings, to the development, writing, and release of reports and social-media-based initiatives.
    • Developing strong working relationships with full-time department staff and engaging with them in a team-learning and problem solving process, with an emphasis on projects that meet funder and community needs on strict timelines.
    • Support all public facing events.
    • Becoming familiar with GMHC’s diverse program goals and activities and how those programs work together to fulfill GMHC’s mission and commitment to clients.
  • Career Development- Interns will develop skills and qualification necessary for a career in nonprofit management, social service, and policy advocacy by:
    • Increasing their ability to create and implement communication strategies for a complicated and nuances field
    • Increasing their writing and public speaking skills
    • Increasing their expertise and experience in developing and completing project management plans and strategies
    • Increasing professional contacts with media, nonprofit and government leaders
    • Work creatively to engage the public through all social media platforms
  • Skill Development-Interns will progressively strengthen their skills in:
    • Time management, problem solving, decision making, critical analysis, and leadership
    • Verbal and written communication, with a focus on identifying opportunities to reach targeted audiences through emerging trends in social media, as well as direct engagement with political leaders and mainstream press.
    • Understanding the intersection of HIV/AIDS, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and the unique needs of GMHC clients, from youth to seniors.
  • Personal Development-As Intern’s progress through the program, they will develop:
    • A more complete understanding of how communications impacts public health and social advocacy work in the nonprofit sector intersects with their personal motivations and career goals.

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at least half-time that focuses on public affairs, ideally journalism or communications majors, however, we are open to all majors if you have a strong sense of social media engagement, excellent written and verbal communication skills and are able to work in a fast-paced demanding environment with tight deadlines.

Interested applicants should have:

  • Demonstrated skills in social media platforms,
  • Demonstrated skills in research, writing and critical thinking.
  • Capacity to work in a dynamic, small-team environment on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Comfort communicating with media outlets (logistics only), political and policy leaders in professional environments.
  • Desire to work in a multi-cultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation and physical ability is an important institutional value.
  • Computer proficiency in office software, spreadsheet and ideally be able to help generate original content for social media (videos, photos with captions, etc)

Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter outlining the applicant's interest and background, if any, working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for three references
  4. Writing samples (media advisories, press releases, promotional materials, etc)


  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Public Relations
  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO
  • Verbal / Written Communication

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training

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