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American Lung Association in SC

American Lung Association in SC 
1817 Gadsden Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Name: Melissa Goforth
Title: Regional Manager 
Phone: 803-779-5864

Type of Organization:
 Agency  Media Organization  Governmental Agency  Educational  Not-For-Profit  Manufacturer, Retailer or Service  Other

Major Recommended for Position : 
 Advertising  Public Relations  Visual Communications  Broadcast Journalism  Print Journalism  Mass Communications Concentration

Unpaid Number of hours: The intern may work 8 to 10 hours each week through the 14 week period. The work schedule will be flexible around school obligations, however, a schedule will need to be established and completely enforced. While we realize this is a non-paid internship, we expect students to make responsible and accountable efforts to work when scheduled.

Fall Spring

Duties of Intern:
Internship Description The mission of the American Lung Association is to improve lung health and prevent lung disease through research, advocacy, community service and education through local initiatives. These local initiatives include: Better Breathers Club - a support group that is currently held at Lexington Medical Center for those diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, other lung diseases. We are excited to announce the development of a 2nd BBC at Intermedical Hospital in Palmetto Baptist. Interns will asked to help plan and implement an awareness campaign surrounding its establishment. Lung Cancer Support Group - Held on the second Tuesday of every month at the local ALA office for lung cancer patients and family members. Lung Cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer, but there are often stigmas surrounding the condition. Interns will help plan for and promote this support group to the Midlands community. Asthma101 - Asthma management training for adults that encounter children on a regular basis (what to do, how to react to an asthma attack) Interns may be trained as an Asthma101 facilitator and assist in the creation of an Ashtma101 Outreach Event for the Midlands community. Open Airways for Schools - Elementary School asthma management program for 3-5 graders, ages 8-11. Interns can assist in the promotion of this event, or actually be trained as a facilitator volunteer and administer the program at local elementary schools. Tobacco Control / Smoking Cessation Programs - ALA hosts programs for the workplace, as well as preventative programs for middle and high schoolers. We support these initiatives through three major fundraisers each year, as well as other events hosted by the community. Oxygen Ball: Planning for this event is in full-swing. The Oxygen Ball: Midlands Dancing With the Stars Competition is a night filled with glamour, dancing and silent/live auctions. This year’s Oxygen Ball will be held on December 7, 2012. Interns are needed immediately to assist in the planning, logistics and promotion of this event. Fight for Air Climb: This is a stair-climbing event at the Capitol Center – SC’s tallest building! Roles may include marketing and promotion of the event, updating social media sites with event information, coordinating event setup and activities, researching possible sponsorship opportunities, recruiting teams and volunteers to participate in the event, website design, and other logistics. The Fight for Air Climb is scheduled for April 20, 2013. Fight for Air Run/Walk: This is a 5K run/walk event for anyone to attend! Intern roles will be similar to Fight for Air Climb (see above). The date for this event in 2013 is TBD. Third Party Fundraising: Do you have a creative idea for bringing funds to the American Lung Association? If so, contact Melissa Goforth at to discuss. Interns will be asked to complete basic office administrative tasks such as answering the phone, filing, helping with mail outs, and putting information into Excel.

Skills Required for Internship:
Skills: The intern should be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Adobe Photoshop/InDesign experience is requested and preferred, but not mandatory. This intern should also possess great communication skills. Non-paid internship: This internship will not be a paid one. Full-time Employment: There is no formal procedure whereby internships lead into management training programs. If there is a job opening with the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc. and the intern has excelled in the internship program, then that intern will be considered for possible positions in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Location: The internship will take place at the American Lung Association in South Carolina’s office at 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201 (in downtown Columbia). Travel: No long distance travel will be involved. If the intern is willing, they may be asked to complete some tasks that require local travel. They will be reimbursed for their mileage.