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Community Relations Intern

Overview

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Government Affairs and Community Relations is seeking a Community Relations intern from January through June. The largest and one of the oldest not-for-profit home and community-based health care organizations in the U.S., VNSNY focuses on promoting the health and well-being of patients and families by providing expert, cost-effective care in their homes and communities. From pre-natal to end-of-life, we offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients. VNSNY Government Affairs and Community Relations is heavily involved in health care public policy and advocacy, specifically focused on home and community-based care and managed care. We advocate and interact with government officials and elected officials at the city, state, and federal levels to create greater awareness about VNSNY and the services and programs that are available to the community.


Responsibilities

Government Affairs and Community Relations sits at the enterprise level of VNSNY, and supports the policy and advocacy needs of the entire organization. The intern will be mentored and given responsibilities based on ability and experience. The intern will focus on actively engaging, coordinating and communicating with project stakeholders to promote stakeholder awareness about VNSNY. Reporting to the Community Relations Manager, the intern will support all aspects of the department. Specific activities include:

  • Helping to pitch VNSNY community program partnerships with key legislators;

  • Identifying and coordinating community events with elected officials and key community organizations;

  • Assisting in updating the SharePoint page and internal community events calendar;

  • Assisting in the development of customer relationship management and geo-mapping systems to demonstrate the impact of VNSNY’s work on elected officials’ districts;

  • Providing writing and editing support on community newsletter and external communications;

  • Research and brainstorming ideas to address health disparities in underserved communities; and

  • Provide administrative support for the Community Collaborations initiative.


Qualifications

Students applying for this internship must have strong organizational, writing, and communication skills and should be pursuing undergraduate or masters-level studies in Public Health, Marketing, Health Management, Public Affairs, Community Relations/Outreach or related fields. Knowledge of contact management and geo-mapping software a plus.

The internship will require 15-20 hours per week. Schedule flexible based on the intern’s schedule during the academic year.

Education: Requires current enrollment in graduate school. Experience: Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) or other pc software, as required to meet operational needs. Salesforce experience a plus. Internet proficiency required. Ability to manage detail-oriented tasks preferred.


ABOUT US

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Countries. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost effective healthcare in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. Each day, more than 13,000 VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 44,000 patients and members, helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.