Internship Opportunity!!!

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund
Spring 2009 Practice Communications Internship

Overview: This position will assist the practice communications manager and other members of the communications department in supporting communications activities for specific practice areas within the Institute, including the Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine, Hematologic Oncology, and other organizational priority areas. The intern will learn about day-to-day tasks through specific projects and works assignments that will help to increase program awareness and grow clinical patient volume.

Specific duties include:
Research best practices and identify successful communications initiatives for other blood donor centers (regionally and nationally)
Investigate/analyze marketplace offerings
Assist with writing, editing, and project management of practice area newsletters and other program materials
Develop fact sheets for practice areas
Assist with development of sponsor/donor/patient profiles
Attend news and recruiting team meetings
Provide general and administrative support as needed
Skills and attributes required:
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Windows, and Internet Explorer
General computer literacy and ability to learn new programs
Solid written and oral communication skills
Ability to interact well with a variety of people, including blood/platelet donors and recruiting teams, patients and families, communications colleagues, and staff, including doctors and nurses
Sensitivity to a health care environment and the needs of cancer patients and families
Enthusiasm for the cancer cause
Ability to self-start, work independently, and manage multiple deadlines

Skills preferred:
Writing experience – please provide writing samples
20 hours a week (minimum)/ TBD within a 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. time frame/
13 week commitment
Credit: All Dana-Farber Communications Department internships are available for college credit. Unpaid internships (non-credit) are also available.

Please list the internship name in the subject line of the e-mail, and forward cover letter, any writing samples to:

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Communications Department
As one of the largest hospital communications department in the area, our 40-plus member group is unique in its ability to fulfill many of the functions of a full-service communications agency in house. With numerous awards for our work from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications, Publicity Club of New England, and Women in Communications, our goal is to use our combined expertise to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s fight against cancer by:
building awareness of DFCI’s mission and successes among national and international audiences supporting the Institute’s fundraising efforts
helping employees work more effectively
enhancing communication with patients and families
and providing marketing and communications services for the Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Care

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