Communications Internship

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) is a joint venture of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  We are a crisis leadership training and research program dedicated to preparing professionals from federal, state, and municipal agencies, international governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors to lead preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery plans for the full range of threats from mass casualty events to natural disasters.

Our leadership training curriculum is delivered through two methods. The first method is residential, through our annual flagship NPLI Executive Education Program (EEP) or our recently launched Emerging Leaders in Crisis program. We also host a residential Master Symposium. The second method is visit based in which we teach custom leadership programs delivered at client sites.

At the core of our leadership tenet is Meta-Leadership, a framework and leadership practice method designed to provide leaders with conceptually and practically rigorous tools that will better enable them to act and direct others in crisis situations. For more on our program visit:

About the Internship: The communications intern will support the editorial, marketing, and online content work for faculty and business development work throughout the NPLI, with a specific focus on social media and blogging for the website. Responsibilities will include regular social media monitoring and engagement via NPLI’s accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as strategizing and drafting social media posts and creative assets. The communications intern will also be responsible for writing and posting to our website via WordPress.

NPLI has many mediums for delivering lessons from our faculty and frameworks, including video, podcasts, research, and articles. The communications intern will be expected to have an understanding and demonstrated familiarity with content in these various platforms and/or a willingness to learn. Individuals with strong writing and multimedia skills are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a good opportunity for exposure around how to provide online content marketing support to an academic institution and develop a deeper understanding of leadership education and development.

This is a paid, part-time internship position with negotiable start and end dates.

Location: Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass.


  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • The ability to brainstorm, juggle multiple responsibilities at once.
  • Strong communication skills, including an openness to feedback.
  • Background knowledge in leadership development preferred.
  • Professional social media experience required.
  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office suite of products.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the internship to: Please put “Communications Intern” in the subject line and send along relevant writing samples.

Harvard University EEO Statement: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.