Press Intern

Posted On: April 19, 2022

Media-Related Internship

Media Organization: Doctors Without Borders

Company Description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers impartial medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries.

We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s common mission.

Job Description

Location: New York City, NY, US, 10006 Oakland, CA, US, 94612 Washington, D.C., DC, US, 20006

The Communications Department is responsible for developing a coherent voice and delivering clear public messages to inform both US and international audiences of MSF, its field activities and the humanitarian principles that underpin them; to raise awareness about the plight of the populations we serve; to promote public communication aimed at exposing and describing the field reality, including dilemmas and challenges; and to garner public understanding for our advocacy messages related to field operational concerns and the Access Campaign, via the media, print and digital channels , public awareness and advocacy campaigns, conferences, etc.

The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières works to expand awareness of the humanitarian crises and endemic health problems in developing countries that our medical teams address in the field. Public awareness is built through three primary means: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including our quarterly newsletter and website; and public events activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, film screenings, and conferences, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools.

The Press Intern will work closely with the Press Officer and Communications Assistant, offering day-to-day research support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. As a valued member of the Communications department, the Press Intern will be centrally involved in the department's attempts to bring MSF's advocacy messages into the media. He or she will have ample opportunities to learn about public relations through direct experience and humanitarian medical aid through osmosis. This position is ideal for a student interested in both humanitarian aid and public relations or journalism. The Intern will assist to lessen the workload of the communications staff while providing a practical learning experience to a student interested in humanitarian aid and advocacy and public relations.

The Press Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:
• Media research and daily monitoring of coverage (30%)
• Updating and maintaining the press office's media contacts (30%)
• Supporting media projects as they arise in response to developing humanitarian news stories (helping to organize press conferences, etc.) (20%)
• Tracking and filing MSF news clippings (15%)
• Putting together a tri-annual "media highlights" kit (5%)

• Ability to work independently on a number of separate, simultaneous tasks
• Familiarity with US television and print media
• Proficiency in writing and internet research
• Working knowledge of Word and Excel
• French and/or Spanish a plus.

Please note neither relocation assistance nor visa sponsorship will be offered for this position.

Please note this is for the Summer Internship session.

Application Deadline: May 1



Pay Class & Contract Type

Intern Nonexempt

Working Time (Hours Per Week)


To Apply

Apply through MSF's website: