Media Relations and Communications Intern

March 2014

Media Relations and Communications Intern
United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals

Would you like to help union members tell their stories to the media? Do you have an interest in health care and those who work on the front lines of care? UNAC/UHCP is based in San Dimas, California and advocates for over 23,000 members, including nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and physician assistants. The UNAC/UHCP communications team is expanding our media operation, and looking for an intern to support our media relations work.

UNAC/UHCP’s communications department works with every other department at UNAC/UHCP, so an internship in our department is a great primer on what a job with a union entails. We’ve run press events to protest dangerous ER procedures in south Riverside County, done media for pickets at four Southern California Kaiser locations, and placed opinion/editorials about the Affordable Care Act in major newspapers like the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Our ideal candidate is creative, committed to social justice, outgoing and able to strike up a conversation with almost anyone.

What You Will Learn:
• How to write a press release
• How to prep a subject for an interview by media
• How to pitch a story to a reporter
• How to work with media relations software and maintain a press list
• How to monitor media for an organization
• How to post a press release on a website
• How to add photos or video to a website or social media post
• How to craft more effective Facebook posts
• Twitter basics and how to tweet for advocacy

What We Require:
• Coursework in communications, English, political science or journalism
• Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written
• Interest in health care and unions
• Demonstrated commitment to the social justice movement, such as volunteer work or online advocacy for movement causes
• Good judgment
• Ability to represent UNAC/UHCP in a professional manner.

We will pay $20/hour for 20 hours of work per week in our San Dimas office. Priority will be given to interns who can work for at least eight consecutive weeks.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and a brief 150 word essay explaining how you believe unions contribute to the social justice movement to Christy.McConville@unacuhcp.org. No phone calls.