Public Relations Intern

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A cover letter and three writing samples are required for consideration for this position. Please upload your resumes and writing samples as one document. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The public relations intern will join the Department of Communication team to help promote Michigan Medicine’s clinical care, research, news and innovative education and approaches to the world. The intern will work with public relations team members to promote Michigan Medicine through social media, storytelling, videos and blogs. Successful candidates will have excellent writing samples, excellent verbal communication skills, background in public relations and social media strategy, adaptability, quick thinking, enthusiasm and creativity. Must be willing to join a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

Job details

  • Work to be performed on site at the Department of Communication or remotely
  • Job limited to May 8 to mid-August 2023
  • 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, some weekends and evenings required

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


  • Developing, researching and writing stories, blog posts and news announcements for distribution directly to the public, social media audiences and to news media.
  • Responding quickly to inquiries from reporters, locating expert sources and arranging interviews.
  • Arranging, planning and directing visits of media, photographers, TV crews, including accompanying them in all Michigan Medicine facilities, protecting patient privacy.
  • Working closely with Department of Communication team to plan and create videos, photo galleries or podcasts.
  • Develop content for social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest to share stories about University of Michigan Health clinical care, research and educational efforts that build and spread engagement with patients, families and others seeking expert and authoritative health information.
  • Preparing faculty and staff for media interviews.

Required Qualifications*

Open to currently enrolled college students. Communication, social media strategy background preferred. Writing samples required. Experience with brand management, public relations or journalism is a plus. Must be comfortable in a multi-layered organization with complex reporting relationships.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline


Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.