Reports to: Communications Assistant and Press Officer
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To lessen the workload of the communications staff while providing a practical learning experience to a student interested in humanitarian aid and advocacy and public relations.

Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières works to expand awareness of the humanitarian crises and endemic health problems in developing countries that our medical teams address in the field. Public awareness is built through three primary means: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including our quarterly newsletter and website; and public education activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, screenings, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools and curriculums.

The Press Intern will work closely with the Press Officer and Communications Assistant, offering day-to-day research support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. As a valued member of the Communications department, the Press Intern will be centrally involved in the department's attempts to bring MSF's advocacy messages into the media. He or she will have ample opportunities to learn about public relations through direct experience and humanitarian medical aid through osmosis. This position is ideal for a student interested in both humanitarian aid and public relations or journalism.

Duties: The Press Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Media research and daily monitoring of coverage (30%)
  • Updating and maintaining the press office's media contacts (30%)
  • Supporting media projects as they arise in response to developing humanitarian news stories (helping to organize press conferences, etc.) (20%)
  • Tracking and filing MSF news clippings (15%)
  • Putting together a tri-annual "media highlights" kit (5%)

Skills: Ability to work independently on a number of separate, simultaneous tasks. Familiarity with US television and print media. Proficiency in writing and internet research. Working knowledge of Word and Excel. French and/or Spanish a plus.

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