Open Positions


Health Communications Intern

August 2019 - May 2020 (exact dates TBD)

Job Summary

The Health Communications intern will have the opportunity to work on all communication efforts for our statewide organization with an emphasis on social media, e-news, op-eds, and health promotion materials. Position is ideal for someone looking to gain extensive “real-world” experience while helping an organization increase both impact and engagement.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Working collaboratively with staff and independently, intern will:


  • Support statewide Youth Vaping Prevention Education initiative which will launch in Fall 2019; promote smoking cessation resources; plan and execute participation in national programs such as Kick Butts Day; create Advocacy messages and materials; develop materials for 2020 Smokefree SC Summit; support other organization initiatives as needed

  • Develop a social media plan for specific projects as well as the organization as a whole

  • Create and schedule social media posts and create graphics as needed

  • Contribute to writing projects such as op-eds, health education materials, grants, etc.

  • Develop presentations


Minimum Competencies, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Must be able to demonstrate aptitude and willingness to learn about the complex nature of smoking, vaping, and tobacco-use; ongoing reading and self-education will be necessary to be successful in this position (all education resources will be provided by staff)

  • Basic understanding of social media and online content practices, including an understanding of audience behaviors by channel and platform

  • Some personal and/or professional experience creating content for online communities

  • Solid research, writing, editing, and communications skills

  • Strong time management skills, personal initiative, and desire to make an impact


Required Experience/Education

  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited bachelor or master degree program, working towards degrees in communications, journalism, health promotion & education, or a related field

  • Experience with content management systems, email marketing tools (e.g. Constant Contact) and social media management tools

  • Knowledge of document design and experience using Microsoft Office and/or Canva to create web-ready content


Additional Competencies, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Minimum of one year of intern or professional communications experience preferred

  • Experience with video development and editing software a plus

Hours: 10 hours/week for 12 weeks per semester; a regular weekly work schedule will be determined based on the student’s schedule and Smokefree SC needs. Office is located in the Middleburg complex approx. 3 miles from UofSC campus.


Compensation: $1,400 per semester


To Apply: Email cover letter expressing your interest and qualifications with resume or CV and 2 references to:  
Rebecca Jacobson, Executive Director, and place “Health Communications Intern" in the Subject Line. Your cover letter will be assessed as a writing sample, so be thoughtful and clear enough to communicate why you're an awesome candidate!


Questions should be directed via email.