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Health communication internship opportunity for Spring 2011

The National Cancer Institute's Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP) is now accepting applications for its Spring 2011 intern class.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest of the 27 institutes and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

The NCI recognizes that health information dissemination is key to raising public awareness about new cancer treatments, support for cancer patients and their families and prevention strategies. To that end, in 1975 the NCI established the Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP) to attract individuals interested in careers in health communications and science writing.

The HCIP gives highly qualified graduate students and recent graduate school graduates the opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications projects in one of the many offices that make up the NCI. Interns will select an area of emphasis: Health Communications or Science Writing. Six-month and one-year internship terms are offered.

Successful Health Communications applicants have some science background as well as experience and/or education in any of the following areas: public health, epistemology, public relations, health education, communications, science writing, statistics, social marketing or journalism.

Health Communications interns:

  • Plan, develop and promote cancer education programs and materials (including Web-based) for the public, cancer patients or health professionals
  • Gain experience in pre-testing and evaluating cancer prevention and treatment messages, publications, materials and programs that reach the American public
  • Participate in professional meetings and training seminars

Applications are due by September 7th. Apply online, See web site for further details.

 
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