Strategic Communications Internships

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law’s Strategic Communications Internship Program emphasizes skills coaching, mentoring, a supportive work environment, and significant autonomy. This is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about nonprofit communications, media relations, online advocacy, and even mental health policy and law. Strategic Communications interns can also, but are not required to, propose and pursue an independent project to dive deeper into an issue of one’s choosing and to develop a portfolio-grade product. Examples include, but are not limited to, developing a strategy memo; drafting and submitting for publication an opinion article (op-ed); or creating a web-graphic that helps tell the story of those in need.


  • Assisting with social media research and posts
  • Researching media opportunities and developing and honing media lists
  • Assisting with drafting/editing/launching deliverables such as press releases, action alerts, op-eds, newsletters, message framing, talking points, web copy, correspondence, reports, etc.
  • Assisting with website development using a Content Management System
  • Attending and covering occasional legislative briefings, press events and/or coalition meetings
  • Collaborating closely with legal, policy and development staff members as needed on projects


  • Self-motivated, proactive, enthusiastic undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Interested in current events, communications, media, and/or public policy
  • Creative thinker
  • Team player
  • Eagerness to learn and to assist

Salary: This is an unpaid, volunteer internship. We are happy to work with interns and their schools to gain academic credit for the internship if needed.

Internship Length and Schedule: Both are flexible.

Applications for Fall 2023 are open.


To submit an application, please send the following materials via PDF attachment to [email protected]

  •  a cover letter describing your interest in working with the Center, the time period for which you are applying, and what experiences you are hoping to have as an intern;
  • a resume;
  • a writing sample of five pages or fewer.

Please use the subject line: “Internship Application of (your name) for Spring/Winter/Fall/Summer (year).”

Application deadline: rolling