Patient & Caregiver Services Internship

Intern Video Journal

Laura Johns
Patient & Caregiver Services
Summer 2013

Not available at this time

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is a fast-growing association of patients, family members and medical professionals committed to maintaining the organization’s volunteer spirit and building opportunities for involvement and education. Pulmonary hypertension (PH), a life-threatening illness described as high blood pressure in the lungs, affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and ages.

The Patient & Caregiver Services program aims to meet the psycho-social needs of specific populations within the PHA community. The Patient & Caregiver Services Intern will work with PHA staff to develop programs and resources to address special population needs. Specifically, this intern will work with the Manager of Patient & Caregiver Services to expand and enhance online and print material offerings for newly diagnosed patients, young adults with PH, caregivers of adult patients, families of children with PH, and PH patients with associated conditions.

Interns will:

  • Help identify needs, research topics of interest and assist in the development of new resources for PHA’s patient and caregiver communities
  • Assist in the implementation and maintenance of programs for patients and caregivers
  • Have the opportunity to identify projects and areas of individual interest and work both independently and in teams to achieve goals
  • Write content for PHA publications and web resources
  • Help as we prepare for patient and family led sessions at our 2014 international conference
  • Receive a transportation subsidy

Interns should:

  • Have an interest in nonprofit program development
  • Be highly organized, with the ability to think creatively and strategically, and multi-task
  • Be comfortable interacting with patient and caregiver volunteers by phone and email
  • Possess strong writing skills
  • Possess knowledge of the Internet and demonstrate proficiency in using a variety of software platforms, including MS Word and MS Excel 

We offer both part-time and full-time internships. You will be treated as a respected team member, and our office provides a friendly and welcoming environment. If you would like to design a project that helps you meet your educational goals, we will work with you to achieve this. Interns may also earn college credit. Our office is located in downtown Silver Spring, Md., and is Metro accessible.


Application Deadlines

Interns are accepted on a rolling basis & our internship dates are flexible.

Fall Term

Suggested Due Date:
August 30
Internship Dates:

Winter Term

Suggested Due Date:
November 30
Internship Dates:
12/15 – 2/15

Spring Term

Suggested Due Date:
December 30
Internship Dates:
2/1 - 5/15

Summer Term

Suggested Due Date:
May 15
Internship Dates:
6/1 - 8/15

Resources Career Center Internships 101

The Washington Center for Internships and Seminars

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The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) awarded PHA the Abbey S. Meyers Leadership Award in 2012 for outstanding service to PHA members in advocacy, education and other key areas.