Policy and Communications Intern- Des Moines, IA

The Iowa Primary Care Association’s (PCA’s) vision is Health Equity for All.  Our mission is Enhancing community health centers’ capacity to care. All employees of the Iowa PCA are expected to represent the company vision and mission.
The Policy and Communications Intern will work under the Director of Communications and the Policy and Communications Coordinator to assist with advocacy efforts, internal and external communication and branding, and other tasks as assigned.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Assist with Iowa PCA’s social media channels, including scheduling and monitoring content.
  • Assist with graphic design, branding, and related tasks.
  • Assist with creating digital communications including video, website content, etc.
  • Research and write entries for the Iowa PCA’s blog.
  • Participate in Iowa PCA Advocacy and Communications and Engagement committee meetings.
  • Assist with planning of communications, advocacy, and other events.
  • Other duties as assigned, intern may have opportunities to travel within the state for meetings and events with elected officials.

Expected Values and Behaviors:

The person in this position will be expected to model our workplace values which are:

  • Collaborative – We are one team. Celebrate success together. Learn from failure together. Willing to embrace change and responsive to each other. We can and should depend on each other. Share your work and ask questions. Offer to help, offer to learn, and offer solutions to problems.
  • Accountable – We work for health centers and we work with each other. Tell the truth, keep your word, listen, and make it better. Expect excellence from yourself and others.
  • Respectful – Approach every interaction with thoughts of equity, inclusion, and humility. We are one organization, and we are many people. We understand our differences and are better for it. Welcome feedback of all kinds. We are all learning something.
  • Deliberate – Always understand the problem before trying to solve it. Nothing should be done without a purpose. Unite around common goals, visions, and strategies.
  • Proactive – We seek opportunities to learn and prepare for future challenges. Everyone is responsible, expected and empowered to prepare us for the future. Train and plan for what comes next and who comes after us.
  • Transformative – We empower systems change with a lens of excellent healthcare, health equity and compassion. Or health centers lead the way; we will clear the way. Adapt to changing circumstances and improve through adversity.

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
  • Applicants enrolled in full-time higher education
  • Preferred candidates possess interest in graphic design, communications, public relations, health care, health equity, public policy, or legislative advocacy.
  • Candidate must be motivated, organized, and possess good communications skills.
  • Organization and attention to detail is imperative.
  • Ability to take direction and perform successfully both independently and as a team member
  • Must have experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
  • The applicant will be expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week, if selected.

Language Skills:
Ability to read and interpret documents, operating and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization. 

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including spreadsheets, word processing, and databases.  Experience using Adobe Creative Suite required.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Professional business office work setting. 

Interns will be paid $10 per hour.

Additional Info

  • Specialty: Iowa Primary Care Association
  • Position Type: Part Time
  • Location: Urbandale

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