Non-Credit Programs
Public Humanities Undergraduate Fellowships
Communications Intern – Dalhousie University (Faculty of Health)

Communications Intern - Dalhousie University (Faculty of Health)

Undergraduate Fellowships in Public Humanities

Description of the nature of the organization

The Faculty of Health is the second largest faculty at Dalhousie University, comprised of 10 academic units: 8 Schools, 1 College and 1 Program. The Faculty has 3,000 students, 280+ faculty and staff members and over 25,000 alumni. We are the most diverse health faculty in Canada in terms of the breadth of our programs.

Our faculty, staff and students are committed to impactful research, exceptional health education and strong partnerships that improve the well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations. Our leading-edge health research encompasses the life span: from infant hearing, to geriatric arthritis research. Our students take part in meaningful and engaging clinical placements in a wide variety of health fields in rural and urban settings throughout Atlantic Canada.

Job title

Communications Intern

Description of the fellowship

The fellowship would be an opportunity for a King’s Journalism student to gain valuable experience in professional writing, reporting and editing in the health education sector.

As a King’s Journalism alumna who has spent the majority of her career in communications and marketing for higher education, I bring a journalism mindset to my role overseeing our small but high performing communications team. A key element of our communications strategy to advance the goals of the Faculty is to source, pitch, research and write short and long-form, proactive features and news articles profiling our renowned faculty, students and staff. These articles are written in a journalistic style. The fellowship would involve writing 10 – 12 of these features to be published in our many communications channels and pitched to media during the fall. Features will be assigned; it will then be up to the student to contact the researcher or student, develop the news angle, and write compelling stories that can be adapted for web, media, social media and print publications.

The students will have their own technical tools (laptop, wifi, etc.). Below are some of the elements that the student will have an opportunity to assist with:

  • Meet regularly with the Senior Manager and the communications team, consisting of a communications officer for the Faculty, social media expert and alumni and donor relations officer.
  • Work on stories as assigned by the Senior Manager (to provide direction and goals for the story, as well as relevant contact information).
  • Contribute pieces to our digital newsletters, the Dal Health Highlights and Mosaic e-newsletters.
  • Conduct background research and assist with the preparation of print publications, such as annual reports.
  • There is the potential to also help with social media and alumni engagement strategies, as needed.


The Dalhousie University Faculty of Health is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fellowship can be done remotely.

To apply

You application should consist of a resume, cover letter, your B00# and the names of at least two references (one of which should be academic). For the references, you do not need to ask for a letter at this time, but you should ask your referee’s permission if you send their name.

Submit your application to Dawn Morrison at dawn.morrison@dal.ca by Thursday, June 18, 2020

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.