Communications Department Intern

American Dental Association

About the American Dental Association:

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry.

Position Details

Communications Department Intern
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Communications Department Intern

The American Dental Association is looking for an intern within the ADA communications department to begin June 2021. The internship is virtual and the duration and hours of the internship are flexible depending on the right candidate’s schedule. This is a paid internship.

The Intern must be able to work effectively with a variety of staff within the ADA. S/he must have good organizational skills and the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments and deadlines. S/he must have solid knowledge of MS Office Suite and superior verbal and written communication skills. The Intern is generally someone who is studying to complete a bachelor’s degree in a communications field or who has recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree and is looking for entry-level experience in a communications and public relations setting. Familiarity with the public relations discipline through past coursework or other internships is desirable.

Position Responsibilities:

Intern candidates must have interest in the communications/public relations field and possess good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work effectively with others.

The Intern is responsible for assisting with implementing and monitoring projects under the direction of the supervisor. S/he works closely with and supports the needs of the communications team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting communications materials and content including but not limited to media pitches, press releases, media alerts, social media copy and short remarks for leadership engagements. 
  • Promoting positive news stories to key stakeholders. 
  • Compiling resources for ADA spokespersons and media trainings. 
  • Compiling media reports and researching journalists and media outlets and industry organizations as appropriate 
  • Creation and maintenance of media contact lists. 
  • Tracking leadership speaking engagements. 
  • Participation in team brainstorms and meetings.

This position has the following minimum requirements:

  • Currently a junior or senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in PR, Communications, Journalism, English, or related field. Recent graduates may apply as well. 
  • Understanding of principles of PR and familiarity with AP style. 
  • Awareness of media list building tools (Meltwater, Cision, Muckrack, etc. Previous experience with one of these tools is highly desirable). 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to commit to the internship for at least three months.

Rate: $14 USD per hour.

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