Government Affairs Intern-NACCHO

Website NACCHO




The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing 2,800 local health departments has an opening for a Government Affairs Intern. This position will have an opportunity to work in policy and communications across public health issue areas including emergency preparedness, food safety, chronic disease prevention, infectious disease prevention and funding for local health departments.

Salary: Unpaid FLSA Classification: N/A


Negotiable and flexible between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm; at least 20 hours per week. The internship is unpaid. NACCHO will work with intern to facilitate academic credit.


Work Duties May Include But Are Not Limited To

The intern will be responsible for supporting staff in government affairs projects.

  • Reviewing and editing documents and written materials
  • Drafting letters, testimony and other communications to Members of Congress
  • Attending and reporting on Congressional briefings and hearings
  • Identifying and posting relevant web-based resources
  • Creating and maintaining an online repository of resources
  • Developing and editing PowerPoint presentations
  • Summarizing and developing information for internal and external dissemination (e.g. NACCHO publications, electronic newsletters, and websites)
  • Formatting and disseminating electronic newsletters
  • Drafting messages for external stakeholders
  • Identifying opportunities in social media to disseminate NACCHO’s messaging
  • Drafting tweets and Facebook posts
  • Assisting with updating NACCHO policy statements
  • Updating database of grassroots members and uploading lists via online software
  • Scheduling meetings with Congressional staff
  • Coordinating logistics of webinars, Congressional briefings and other events
  • Conducting Internet research


    Master’s student in public health, health education, public policy or related field preferred but not required.


  • Knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment
  • Interest in learning about how a non-profit organization organizes and implements advocacy activities to further the organization’s mission
  • Preferred, not required: Familiarity with public health practice and policy


  • Ability to synthesize information for written and oral reporting
  • Ability to communicate well on the phone and in person
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to organize work projects and complete tasks within assigned time frames
  • Ability to work effectively within teams
  • Ability to work independently as necessary to achieve high performance
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy in all aspects of work


  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Medium-level computer skills with Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Preferred: Medium-level skills with website editing
  • Preferred: Medium-level skills with website development
  • Preferred: Medium-level skills with using social media

    Selection Requirements

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • A copy of a sealed official college transcript(s) must be submitted in order to be considered. A cover letter, resume and (2) professional references/recommendations should also be attached to the application.
  • Applicants must also provide a brief writing sample, no more than a page for review.
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