DC AAP Seeks New Advocacy Intern

The DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is the Washington, DC affiliate of the National American Academy of Pediatrics, a children’s health organization of 66,000 pediatricians. The D.C. chapter has over 450 members and is dedicated to promoting the optimal health and development of children and adolescents of Washington, DC in partnership with their families and communities, and to support the pediatricians who care for them.

Internship Overview:
DC AAP is seeking an entrepreneurial, thoughtful, and creative Advocacy Intern.  Candidates chosen will have attention to detail, display a passion for vulnerable children, and feel comfortable with a virtual work experience.  Our goal is to fuel the intern’s knowledge and passion on children’s health.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Strong writing, research, and communication skills
  • Solid academic record
  • Must be pursuing a degree or a recent graduate.
  • Must be available to intern for the entire Spring semester. (Summer opportunity will be available.)
  • Candidates must be available at least 10 hours per week.


Advocacy Intern (Campaigns)

Interns will create communication strategies for DC AAP’s most pressing advocacy projects. They will work closely with the executive director on administrative support for DC AAP priority projects.

Activities will include but not limited to:

  • On-going media outreach efforts by assisting with news releases, and other public relations and marketing work.
  • Gather news stories, conduct interviews and writing stories for monthly member newsletter.
  • Assist in the event planning for the Spring Forum and Advocacy Training.
  • Assist communication chair with social media channels.
  • Other communication activities based on interest and skill set.

Advocacy Intern (Policy)

Interns will create an advocacy plan for DC AAP projects in the District of Columbia.  They will work closely with the executive director on administrative support for DC AAP priority projects.

Activities will include but not limited to;

  • Provide assistance in research, on-going advocacy efforts, coalition building and the development of fact sheets, action alerts and other advocacy materials to address DC AAP priority areas.
  • The intern will be responsible for reporting on the progress and producing comparative analyses of legislative proposals, and attend DC Council health committee meetings and hearings.
  • Assist the advocacy chair with creating a database of federal and local hearing testimony and template letters.
  • Other advocacy activities based on interest and skill set.

At the end of the internship period, the intern will have produced press releases, position fact sheets, news articles, blog posts and other materials that support the advocacy efforts for DC AAP. A modest stipend, based on experience and knowledge, will be provided for two interns.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter indicating dates of availability, resume, and the names and phone numbers of two references to tysus@aapdc.org.  No phone calls please.