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NAMI Public Policy and Advocacy Internships - Arlington VA

Job Description
NAMIís policy team is looking for computer savvy, inquisitive and dedicated interns to assist with a variety of projects key to the success of our organization.

Whatís in it for you? Interns will have the opportunity to: work on a multi-disciplinary team of national mental health policy experts; be exposed to a variety of mental health policy issues and have a key role in a project that will make a difference for NAMIís members.

Internships are unpaid. Interns will be expected to commit to 10 weeks, at least 10-20 hours/week. Actual days and times can be negotiated between intern and supervisor.

In order to apply, please go to Please specify in your cover letter one of the projects below that are of greatest interest to you and tailor your letter to that project.

Young Adults and Mental Health. This intern will assist with, NAMIís online resource center and social networking website for young adults, and NAMI on Campus, NAMIís program for college students. The intern will be responsible for helping to create new resources and materials for NAMI on Campus and updating the program. The intern will also work on promoting and posting content on the site. This exciting internship offers the opportunity to learn about the lived experience of young adults and to truly make a difference in their lives by providing resources, support, hope and strength. The ideal candidate will have extensive social networking knowledge, strong writing skills, creative talents and a passion for mental health.

Mental Illness, Probation and Parole. This intern will be responsible for gathering information about people with mental illnesses who are on probation and parole. The intern will develop a short best practices guide highlighting model programs of probation and parole agencies that work with people with mental illness, as well as resources for individuals currently on probation or parole.

Military and Veterans Program Development Intern. This is intern will be responsible for assisting in the development of a new initiative entitled The Resiliency Project: Empowering Women Veterans. The Resiliency Project will incorporate principles of recovery and resiliency, and provide support for women veterans by helping them to use their skills to enhance quality of life. This internís activities will include gathering program information from the field for evaluation and reporting purposes.

Supported Employment Initiative Intern. This intern collaborates with the national NAMI Policy Team to promote greater engagement of people with serious mental illness in the workforce. Core responsibilities will include research, web content management, developing fact sheets and creating reports, articles and social media messaging to promote supported employment.

Health Reform Outreach Campaign Intern. This intern collaborates with the national NAMI Policy Team to promote awareness of new coverage opportunities for people living with mental illness offered as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Core responsibilities will include assisting Policy Team staff with various aspects of the campaign including a social media strategy, writing articles and blog posts, volunteer training through webinars and conference calls, networking with allied organizations and evaluation data management.
Job Specifications
Position Type: Internship
Department: Policy & Legal Affairs
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