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Massachusetts General Hospital | Boston, Massachusetts
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Video Internship Program in the Office of News and Public Affairs

at the Massachusetts General Hospital

Overview of Internship Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) News and Public Affairs Video Internship Program offers a variety of responsibilities and tasks that will supplement the scholastic training of a student who may wish to pursue a career in multimedia journalism, communications, or public relations. The student intern will assist with various video projects, print publications, media relations and other public affairs activities for the MGH. Day-to-day responsibilities will vary, depending on the needs and activities of the department, as well as the intern's interests and abilities.

The MGH News and Public Affairs Office will offer interns the opportunity to shoot video on a Canon DSLR camera and edit videos on Final Cut Pro X or iMovie, write for publications, and accompany News and Public Affairs staff on media shoots. The work will include some clerical duties.

The News and Public Affairs video intern will be expected to work on several video projects. These projects include coordinating and filming interviews as part of the hospital's Diversity and Inclusion program; shooting and editing videos to accompany stories in newsletters, as well as news releases. The intern will also be expected to film videos covering special events around the MGH, including the employee picnic in June, awards ceremonies and important hospital visitors. The intern will attend the weekly staff meeting and will be called upon to attend meetings, interviews and photo shoots with other staff members.

Public Affairs Office

The MGH News and Public Affairs Office is a comprehensive communications resource to the MGH community providing official hospital spokespersons, creating printed materials newsletters, and developing both media response and initiation strategies.

The News and Public Affairs Office serves as the principal clearinghouse for hospital communications, both internal and external, evaluating and ensuring their accuracy, appropriateness and consistency with the MGH mission.

The day-to-day operations of the News and Public Affairs Office are overseen by the Senior Vice President. The primary functions of the office are publications and media relations, and both areas require writing, project coordination and clerical support. Staff members are involved in both areas, though individuals tend to be focused in a particular function.

The News and Public Affairs team consists of 11 professional staff members. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, though many occasions call for flexibility because of media relations requirements and other projects. A News and Public Affairs staff member is on-call 24 hours a day by beeper, a duty which is rotated among full-time staff members.


The News and Public Affairs staff writes, edits, designs and produces many of the MGH's printed materials, such as newsletter, invitations, news releases and fact sheets. News and Public Affairs also offers professional consultation throughout the process, helping to keep projects on target, on time and on budget.

Responsibilities include overseeing the design, editorial content, photography, printing and distribution of MGH's main newsletter within the hospital and providing guidance and design support to hospital departments producing their own publications. Members of the News and Public Affairs staff work closely with administration to ensure the integrity of the hospital's graphic identity, and act as a resource for questions or concerns pertaining to the distribution of printed information throughout the hospital community.

Publications produced by the Public Affairs Office include Hotline, a weekly internal publication; Awards and Honors e-newsletter, MGH Alumni Newsletter; and various other invitations, programs and newsletters for hospital departments or special events.

Media Relations

As a world-renowned center for patient care, teaching and research, the MGH receives widespread media coverage. News and Public Affairs works with MGH staff to respond to inquiries from the press. In addition, the News and Public Affairs staff is always seeking to learn about clinical programs and research findings that may be of interest to the media.

The media relations function involves working with local, regional and national reporters from a variety of print and broadcast media to respond to requests about the ongoing work of the hospital and its staff, to increase the hospital's visibility, and to educate the public about health information. Staff members field numerous daily requests from reporters seeking an appropriate spokesperson on a wide variety of issues. News and Public Affairs staff members work closely with hospital employees and staff to develop stories that may be of interest to media, including upcoming research articles, human interest stories, profiles and events that are happening throughout the hospital community.


The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation tells the rich story of Mass General through interactive media displays, artifacts and photographs. Visitors can learn about the hospital's important contributions to the medical field and see how these discoveries and advancements have shaped the present - and how the hospital can continue to shape the future of medicine. The Russell Museum is dedicated to drawing connections between innovations spanning a period of more than 200 years - from the hospital's charter in 1811 to present day.

Special Projects

News and Public Affairs is frequently called upon by departments throughout the hospital to help coordinate special projects including representation on committees, special one-time-only events and ongoing activities, the hospital Archives, and various long-term administrative projects. Duties may include providing staff support to the administrative leadership meetings; coordinating publicity for an event; and arranging for photography for an important celebration. News and Public Affairs staff members provide support and guidance to both internal and external contacts and help to ensure that a project meets in goals.

Work Environment

The News and Public Affairs Office is a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that calls for flexibility and an eagerness to supply the best quality of work possible. The News and Public Affairs video intern will be expected to work with all News and Public Affairs staff members and may be called upon to work with members of other departments. The News and Public Affairs Office is located at 125 Nashua Street, Suite 220, an approximate 10 minute walk from the hospital.


Students interested in applying for this internship should meet the following guidelines:

* entering their junior or senior year, or enrolled in a graduate program, pursuing a degree in a discipline such as English, journalism, multimedia journalism, communications or marketing.
* have a GPA of 3.0 or better
* meet the criteria for internship established by the college

How to Apply

Applications for the program will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with slots available for one intern per semester and in the summer. Questions about this program should be directed to Terri Janos at 617-726-0954 or by sending e-mail to tjanos@partners.org.

* Updated September 2019

About Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital, established in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $450 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, cutaneous biology, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, transplantation biology and photomedicine. In 1994, MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital joined to form Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery system comprising the two academic medical centers, specialty and community hospitals, a network of physician groups, and non-acute and home health services.

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