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Public Affairs Internship

  • Internship (Unpaid)
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Minimum Education Required: N/A
  • Minimum Experience Required: 0-3 Years

Website Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

Summary: The Public Affairs Internship position with the Office of Communication and Outreach is available at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center located in Gainesville Florida. Through this program, the intern will have the opportunity to observe or work on typical public affairs assignments. These positions are non-paid, non-competitive. The intern is appointed as a WOC (Without Compensation) employee. Work hours and days are flexible, but it is preferred the Intern work during normal business hours which are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30 pm. The purpose of this internship is to gain practical knowledge in public affairs/relations activities. The intern will learn how to efficiently and effectively learn to communicate with both internal and external stakeholders and gain skills in feature story and press release writing, event coordination, visual/graphic communication methods, etc. It is the responsibility of the intern to actively participate and contribute throughout the duration of the internship.


  • Complete HIPAA Training and security clearance required for VA interns
  • Attend all meetings, conference calls, webinars, etc., that are available for observation by intern
  • Contribute to development of feature stories, press releases, social media content, etc
  • Gain understanding of health system operations
  • Work with program managers and service chiefs to fulfill communication requests
  • Participate in assisting with town hall and stakeholder meetings
  • Develop an understanding of analytic/media monitoring systems i.e. SiteImprove, Meltwater, and Social Studio
  • Learn about VA programs and services available to enrolled Veterans
  • Assist with the development/creation of a media day program to aid in educating local media stakeholders about NF/SGVHS programs and services
  • Strengthen critical thinking skills
  • Learn how to publish content to the web
  • Develop and strengthen effective communication


  • Complete 4 feature stories
  • Complete 4 press releases
  • Assist with monthly VA 411 webex events
  • Creates and schedules social media content for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (10 local posts/month) to include photos, video and/or conduct Facebook Lives.
  • Serves as photographer for special events and/or content creation
  • Assists with interviewing staff for potential media engagements and pitches ideas for media engagement opportunities to the Public Affairs Officer
  • Works with the Public Affairs Officer to layout and design a quarterly magazine

Application Instructions:
Interested Public Affairs Internship candidates can submit their resumes to the Office of Communication and Outreach at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System for consideration by emailing:

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Listing Expires: February 12, 2022
Major(s): Public Relations