Communications and Media Internships at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Since our founding in 1947, Dana-Farber has been committed to providing adults and children with cancer and blood disorders with the best treatment available today, while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research.

Dana-Farber’s Communications department performs many of the functions of a full-service, in-house communications agency — for which we have won numerous awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications, the Publicity Club of New England, Women in Communications, and others.

We use our communications expertise to support Dana-Farber’s fight against cancer by:

  • Building awareness of, and support for, the Institute’s life-saving mission
  • Providing marketing and communications services for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
  • Enhancing communication with patients and families
  • Helping employees work more effectively

As a Communications intern, you have the opportunity to be part of one of the most active communications departments in our area and make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.

Editorial Internship
  • Interview members of the Dana-Farber community
  • Write news and feature stories, and cover events
  • Write, edit, proofread, and manage communications projects
  • Assist in production of online videos, event and program collateral, and other forms of digital and print content
Media Relations Internship
  • Develop and distribute news materials to reporters
  • Learn and work with web-based media monitoring systems
  • Research, write, and send targeted “hometowner” press releases
  • Organize news coverage clips and create post-event media reports
  • Help with managing reporters during celebrity visits or promotional events
Photography Internship
  • Work directly with the staff photographer on photo shoots for print and Web
  • Learn and work with photo database management software
  • Post-production image management with Adobe Lightroom
Videography Internship
  • Create Web videos
  • Assist in filming, editing, and lighting segments
  • Update media tracking video database
  • Format edited video segments for Web use
Interactive Internship
  • Research and write content for the Dana-Farber, Jimmy Fund, and/or DFCIOnline (intranet) websites
  • Maintain content on the Dana-Farber, Jimmy Fund, and DFCIOnline sites
  • Work with editors to review and edit sections on the sites
  • Interview members of the Dana-Farber community for stories
Social Media Internship
  • Work with the social media team to assist in development of social strategies for Dana-Farber
  • Monitor online presence and respond to comments across Dana-Farber’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+
  • Support social listening, publishing, content creation, and reporting as needed
News Video Production – Media Relations Internship
  • Research topics around science-based story ideas
  • Assist in production of news style videos including: filming reporter stand-ups and operating camera during interviews, and other duties as needed during interviews and film sessions
  • Log interviews
  • Write and format television news-style scripts
  • Pitch research- and science-based video stories to news media
  • Produce a final video project for resume reel (short news-style video with reporter stand-up)


  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or master’s program for the duration of the internship
  • Receive course credit for the internship
  • Dedicate 20 hours per week, between Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., for 13 weeks

The deadline for Spring 2020 internships is November 20, 2020.
 Please apply below with your cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples (or visual samples for photo and video interns).

To apply, please visit Dana-Farber at