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CA LGBTQ HHS Network Communications Intern

California LGBTQ Health & Human Services Network Communications Intern*

*California, currently remote

Position Summary:

The California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network (The Network), a program of Health Access Foundation, seeks a dedicated and enthusiastic candidate for the Communications Intern role to advance LGBTQ+ health equity across California. This position is responsible for various communication tasks including but not limited to; social media, drafting press releases, identifying blog post subjects and writers, and working alongside the CA LGBTQ HHS Network’s Communications Specialist to organize and coordinate regular communication among LGBTQ HHS Network members and stakeholders. Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and passion for LGBTQ health and wellness are essential.  Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications.

The position is remote and may be based anywhere in California. This position will be directly supervised by the Communications Specialist with oversight from the CA LGBTQ HHS Manager of Programs.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with the Communication Specialists, assist with the planning and coordination of communication activities for The Network’s various programs, including We Breathe, OUT Against Big Tobacco Los Angeles, #Out4MentalHealth, and more.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with marginalized communities, including an understanding of power, privilege, and oppression within LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Passion for and commitment to addressing the issues, needs and interests of LGBTQ people of color, youth, adults, families and community, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender identity and transgender issues.
  • Monitor major news outlets and prepare weekly clips for staff regarding LGBTQ Health, LGBTQ news in California, and other relevant topics
  • Assist with the production and development of Network communication materials including the monthly e-newsletter, educational materials, and occasionally editing and transcribing videos
  • Identify monthly blog post topics and writers
  • Maintain existing press contact databases and identify new contacts using media search tools such as Meltwater
  • Assist in drafting social media posts for the Network’s social channels; and occasionally assist with drafting press releases for major Network events
  • This includes increasing accessibility of posts and including details such as alt text or image descriptions
  • Help maintain digital files of photos, videos, and text content (e.g. for blog, newsletter, and website)
  • Support with organizing webinars and technical support for events
  • Occasionally review analytics from social channels to improve outreach strategies

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Actively enrolled in a California College, University, or Trade School
  • Professional writing, editing, proofreading and communications skills
  • Strong copyediting skills, a strong command of English spelling and grammar
  • Social media experience in a professional capacity (i.e. creating content and posting for a brand or organization)
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Majors in journalism, communications, English, public relations or related fields preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide range of personalities
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, be responsive, and demonstrate excellent communication skills


This internship will provide emerging public health leaders with an opportunity to gain valuable skills while supporting the work of The Network and its mission to advance LGBTQ+ health equity in California. This includes:

  • Real world professional experience with a content management system
  • Understanding of digital marketing and communications plans and execution of rollouts
  • Development and improvement of various skills, including professional and social media writing and editing, communications and marketing strategy and understanding analytics
  • Hands-on experience in non-profit communications and marketing work
  • Opportunity to learn and practice disability justice through digital accessibility trainings
  • Learning about the issues and laws affecting the LGBTQ+ community
  • Understanding the social determinants of health impacting LGBTQ+ communities.

Compensations and Benefits:

Health Access Interns are paid $17.00 per hour. Health Access reimburses for travel-related costs when necessary. The Network Communications intern is expected to complete a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for 52 weeks (about 12 months). College credit may also be granted when it is arranged and approved by the course professor.

About the California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network:

The California LGBTQ Health & Human Services Network is an LGBTQ-specific program of Health Access, bringing together more than 60 non-profit providers, community centers, and researchers to advocate collectively for state level policies and resources that will advance LGBTQ health. Founded in 2007, the Network provides coordinated leadership about LGBTQ health policy in a proactive, responsive manner that promotes health and well-being as part of the movement for LGBTQ equality and ensures that there is a distinct LGBTQ voice in health policy decision-making venues.

How to Apply

Please email hajobs@health-access.org and include:

  • “LGBTQ Network HHS Comms Intern in subject line of email
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
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