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NAMI Communications Internships - Arlington VA

Job Description
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest organization focused on serious mental illnesses, offers unpaid summer internships with its Communications team. Work with media relations, publications, graphics, website content development and social media. Strong writing, editing and research skills essential. Education in communications, public relations or related field preferred. Background or interest in mental health issues or health care policy helpful. Send letter, resume and three writing samples to NAMI Communications Internships at

Public Information and Education Web Resources

Assist the Communications Department in completing an audit of selected content sections of, including major action centers. In addition to auditing for accuracy and compliance with the NAMI Identity Guide, the intern(s) will conduct research and recommend and/or develop new content to compliment, refresh and update existing resources. Areas of focus will include:

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Media Relations Assistant

Working with NAMI’s Media Relations director on tasks including:

•Daily media clips preparation and distribution
•Research and writing; e.g., short press releases, articles or Web content
•Assistance in managing and fulfilling media requests
•Other duties as assigned

Graphic Design Assistant

Working with NAMI’s Publishing Director and Communications director to provide:
•Social media graphics
•Web graphics
•layout of reports and fact sheets
•video/photo editing
•other duties as assigned

Editorial intern

Learn NAMI’s editorial style guide and serve as copy editor across NAMI content, including daily news stories, reports, magazines, fact sheets, web sections, etc.


Assist the Communications Team at the NAMI Convention, including assistance with preparation for media relations, photo direction, social media, tweeting, VIP relations, book signings and authors, opening plenary and more. Assist with VIP relations,
marketing research and other tasks related to NAMI’s marketing plans.
Job Specifications
Position Type: Internship
Department: Communications
Contact Information
Contact Name: Brendan McLean
Contact E-mail: