Monday, February 6, 2012

Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP), The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD

Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP), The National
Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda,

Applications for the 2012 term are due by March 6th.
Apply online!   See website for further details.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest of the 27 institutes
and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the
Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.
The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and
supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other
programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment
of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer
patients and the families of cancer patients.

The NCI recognizes that health information dissemination is key to
raising public awareness about new cancer treatments, support for cancer
patients and their families, and prevention strategies.   To that end,
in 1975 the NCI established the Health Communications Internship Program
(HCIP) to attract and develop individuals interested in careers in
health communications and science writing. The HCIP gives highly
qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the
opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications
projects in one of the many offices that make up the NCI.  Interns will
select an area of emphasis: Health Communications or Science Writing.
Six-month and one-year internship terms are available.

Successful Health Communications applicants have some science background
as well as experience and/or education in any of the following areas:
public health, epidemiology, public relations, health education,
communications, science writing, statistics, social marketing, or
journalism.  Health Communications interns:

* Plan, develop, and promote cancer education programs and materials
(including Web-based) for the public, cancer patients, or health
* Gain experience in pre-testing and evaluating cancer prevention and
treatment messages, publications, materials, and programs that reach the
American public
* Participate in professional meetings and training seminars

 Successful Science Writing applicants have a science background with
the ability to translate complex scientific concepts into material
suitable for a lay audience.  Science Writing interns:

* Write fact sheets and press releases
* Answer inquiries from the press
* Attend and report on scientific meetings
* Write feature length, creative articles on the latest, most important
advances in cancer research
* Participate in professional meetings and training seminars

Additional information about this program including an online
application can be found by visiting  If you
would like hard copies of a program brochure to distribute or display,
please reply to this e-mail with your mailing address and the number of
copies you would like sent.

Please note: The HCIP has moved to an annual application cycle beginning
with the 2012 term (application deadline March 6, 2012).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at  If you are no longer the contact person for
this program at your university/organization, please let us know and
provide updated information.

Thank you for your continued support of the NCI's Health Communications
Internship Program.
Health Communications Internship Program
National Cancer Institute
6116 Executive Blvd., Ste. 502
Bethesda, MD

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