Marketing and Events Internships, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

The Healthiest State Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit organization supporting statewide efforts to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation, has two internship opportunities.  Full descriptions and application information is on our site. The marketing/PR position is also posted below.

Marketing & Public Relations Internship – This position will support the growing needs to promote and market efforts of the organization, events and programs.


  • Research, write and edit communications materials including Inspiring Iowans blog, website pages, Momentum monthly e-newsletter, and press releases
  • Monitor media coverage and create weekly news alerts
  • Participate in planning, developing and promoting Healthiest State events Fitness on the Hill at the Iowa State Fair and Annual Walk
  • Support the Executive Director in media outreach opportunities
  • Provide basic graphic design support

Social Media

  • Research, write and edit social media messages
  • Report on real time updates from Healthiest State events
  • Monitor conversations on Healthiest State’s social media platforms
  • Create monthly social media reports

The intern will gain practical experience in a nonprofit setting and be asked to apply communication skills and business acumen throughout the internship.

Core Competencies:

  • Organized: Being able to balance many projects and event details
  • Accountability: Owning and taking responsibility for one’s actions
  • Business Acumen: Understanding industry, market, financial and company specific operations
  • Collaboration and Communication: Working together; listen to other’s ideas; communicate accurately and concisely
  • Decision Making: Consider all facts and impacts when making decisions
  • Focus on the Customer: Consistently doing what is in the best interest of our customer. Leaving a positive impression on the customer by elevating their experience; making it simpler and educating to helping them understand.

Hiring Specifications Required:

  • Completed at least two years of coursework in marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism or related field.
  • Demonstrated computer skills with Microsoft office products; and Adobe InDesign or other Adobe products
  • Knowledge of AP writing style
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to collaboratively with other team members
  • Must be able to travel with some evenings and/or weekend work

Dates of Internship:
Summer 2017
Fall 2017

The position will require a commitment of at least 20 hours per week for a total of 10 weeks. Weekly hours are negotiable and arrangements can be made for course credit.

If interested in joining the Healthiest State, send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to