Research and Communications Intern – Summer 2018


Background: With a focus on the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) builds partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions to improve health and well-being for all people and communities, particularly those most affected by health inequities.  Our work strengthens service systems and public policy; enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress.

Description: IPHI is seeking a Research and Communications Intern to support communications and program research for the Healthy Eating Active Living Cities & Towns Campaign (HEAL C&T) for the Mid-Atlantic. HEAL C&T supports and engages municipal leaders (i.e. mayors, city council members, town managers) in Maryland and Virginia to adopt policies that improve their communities’ physical activity and food environments. Individuals want to be healthy, but need environments that support them making healthy choices. Local government leaders are uniquely positioned to shape the environments in which individuals make choices that affect their health by adopting healthy eating and active living policies and practices. The HEAL C&T Campaign provides training and technical assistance to help local leaders make their vision for a healthier community a reality. The HEAL C&T Campaign is funded by Kaiser Permanente, founding partner. The Virginia and Maryland Municipal Leagues are strategic partners in the Campaign.

Research Tasks:

  • Organize and update documentation and files shared through a program library
  • Conduct outreach and desk-based research on member cities’ and towns’ HEAL policy implementation
  • Conduct research on local and regional health care providers, businesses, and nonprofits supporting healthy eating and active living initiatives in Maryland and Virginia

Communications Tasks:

  • Support HEAL C&T social media and newsletter communications, including collaboratively planning and writing content
  • Collaborate with program staff to review and design website content as needed
  • Develop material and strategies for new marketing and communications channels
  • Research, stay up-to-date, and document information about grants from HEAL C&T and other sources for dissemination to municipal leaders

Qualifications Include:

  • Experience using multiple research methods, including phone interviews, web-based research, and legislative research
  • Experience using multiple social media tools and platforms
  • Completed or working toward a graduate-level degree, preferably in the field of public health, planning, public policy, or a related field
  • Must be computer literate and have a working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel (knowledge of HTML and graphic design is a plus)
  • Effective at communication, both written and orally, and have the ability to communicate in a professional manner with community contacts
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of IPHI and the HEAL Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic

Location & Hours: This position will be based at the IPHI office in the District of Columbia with the option to telework for a portion of the hours. This position is an internship position. We are looking for a candidate who can commit between 20-30 hours per week. Work location and hours are flexible however a minimum of 50% of hours must be during business hours.

Compensation:This is an unpaid internship without employee benefits. A $350.00 stipend will be awarded on a biweekly basis to help cover expenses. Credit is available to students participating in a college or university program.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]. IPHI will not accept resumes without cover letters.  Please place “Research and Communications Intern– HEAL C&T” in the subject line of the email when applying. Applications will be accepted through May 1. 2018.  No phone calls, please. Due to the large number of applicants expected, only successful candidates will be contacted.


The Institute for Public Health Innovation values a diverse, respectful, and collaborative work environment. We establish and maintain trustful relationships with all staff, contractors, funders, partners, and communities. We believe that hard work, a focus on quality, and a passion for the public’s health are required to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. IPHI looks to all staff and contractors to contribute to the effective implementation of programmatic activities.