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American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Intern, Rural Health

  • Responsibilities


    Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

    We're hiring an Intern, Rural Health.

    Under close supervision and mentorship of experienced public health professionals, students will apply classroom learning to practical problems. Throughout this process students will develop and strengthen skills such as: research methods, health strategy development, and community engagement. We have an exciting opportunity for an intern to work closely with the Community Impact Team to assist in developing a strategy and other needed resources to build a sustainable culture of health within the diverse & vulnerable communities in rural areas.

    The American Heart Association’s Internship Program provides college students an opportunity for hands-on experience in various facets for individuals interested in gaining work experience with a non-profit, voluntary health organization. Individuals will obtain practical experience and receive hands-on training in various disciplines.

    The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as additional training and support, locally.

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    Internship Overview:

    • Time Commitment: 20 hours per week
    • Internship Duration: 1/16/2024 – 5/3/2024
    • Hybrid, remote, or office-based position depending on location
    • Must be located in one of the following states: AR, OK, TX, NM, CO, WY
    • Salary: $23.00 per hour

    Internship Outcomes:

    Individuals participating in the internship program are provided with an opportunity to:

    • Gain important and practical job skills to be successful in a non-profit environment.
    • Opportunity to explore a career path with a reputable voluntary health/service organization.
    • Gain experience in the professional world while learning about board management.
    • Complete an internship that enriches your academic and professional resume as well as enriching your personal life by making a difference in the lives of others.


    Tasks could include the following:

    • Support work around community impact priority issues including hypertension control, nutrition security, community response, and tobacco/vaping.
    • Apply the principles and practices of public health planning, research administration, and evaluation to support current and future rural health efforts.
    • Research effective community engagement and outreach efforts in rural settings.
    • Investigate potential strategic partnerships with health care professionals, businesses, and community-based organizations to support and improve rural health work.
    • Explore state or local organizations that align with The Association priority issue areas and identify opportunities for collaboration.
    • Assist in developing community and culturally appropriate health initiatives and programs throughout rural communities.
    • Identify, review, and develop resources that meet community health needs such as playbooks and other tools.
    • Design effective culturally appropriate written materials as needed for specific populations, such as agricultural workers, tribal, and/or community health workers.
    • Assist rural team in communicating the impact of local work.
    • Attend internal and external meetings as requested, mostly virtual.


    • 2+ years educational or equivalent experience in health or public health courses with an interest or experience in community engagement principles and working with rural communities. A letter of recommendation from a current or recent professor, employer or internship supervisor is preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to research health topics and translate findings into actionable guidance.
    • Demonstrated excellence in written communications skills, including writing on health topics for promotional or educational outcomes.
    • Demonstrated skills in effective one-on-one and group communications and comfort with working with all levels of community leaders, volunteers, and staff.
    • Ability to deal professionally in a corporate or non-profit environment and assume responsibility for guiding projects and programs from inception through completion.
    • Effective oral, written and presentation communication skills.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment managing multiple priorities involving multiple entities.
    • Intermediate to excellent proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
    • Minimum availability of 20 hrs/wk, M-F between the hours of 8:30am-5pm.
    • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship, now or in the future. For any roles working remotely, the work must also be performed inside the United States, not in a foreign country.
    • Required Equipment: Reliable WiFi Connection

    Compensation & Benefits

    The American Heart Association invests in its people. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

    • Compensation and Performance – Attracting talented, committed interns means offering competitive compensation, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.
    • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

    The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

    At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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  • Industry
    Health, Wellness and Fitness
  • About Us

    The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

    The size and scope of our organization, along with our more than 40 million volunteers and supporters, allows us to make a real impact on our shared focus of cardiovascular and overall health.