Paid Internship for Smokefree Housing Project!

The American Lung Association is accepting applications for paid internships over the summer for their smokefree housing work in Oakland

This is a paid internship opportunity of students who are currently enrolled in 4-year accredited colleges/universities. Graduate level students are also eligible.

The internship will run from May 1 through August 31, 2014

The Advocacy Intern supports the planning, development, and implementation of the Bay Area Smoke-Free Housing projects’ intervention activities. The Bay Area Smokefree Housing (BASFH) project has been assisting communities adopt and implement voluntary and legislative smokefree housing policies since 2004. Since that time, the project staff have worked directly with the passage of 20 city/county jurisdictions in adopting laws that require 50% to 100% of apartment/condo units to be non-smoking. Project staff also work with housing providers who request assistance in converting to non-smoking units, with tenants and condominium owners to address seeping smoke complaints, and with policy makers and advocates to pass city and county wide ordinances. The project is funded through a California Department of Public Health – Tobacco Control Program competitive grant from Prop. 99 funds.


Duties include:

Assist in coordination of trainings and meetings and other program activities;

Staffing informational tables at housing and community fairs

Assist in the ordering and dissemination of materials

Maintain the database of educational materials, advocates, and key contacts

Assist evaluation consultant in conducting surveys and other evaluation activities

Must know Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Participate in American Lung Association events and activities as time permits


Eligibility Requirements

GPA of 3.0 or higher

Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and seeking a degree in public health, leadership and policy, or nonprofit management or related field preferred during the internship period.


Opportunities Provided:


Interns may attend: local tobacco coalition meetings, Policy meetings with city council members, city staff, city administrators, law enforcement, and code enforcement, American Lung Association staff meetings and city council hearings.


Through this internship the intern will learn the policy process as it relates to tobacco control. The intern will also participate in advocacy efforts to educate law makers and citizens, organize community advocates for successful passage of smokefree housing ordinances, and participate in public health events that showcase the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.




This position will be compensated through the American Lung Association in California via an Internship Stipend at the rate of $17.00-$20.00 per hour. The intern schedule will be 2 to 3 work days equivalent to 15-20 hours per week. Mileage for meetings will be reimbursed at the IRS rate of 55 cents/mile. Parking and Tolls will reimbursed with receipts. Payment of income tax is a personal obligation of each intern, and all funds provided under the American Lung Association stipend internships are subject to taxes. It’s the intern’s responsibility to maintain his/her own accurate records regarding these amounts, to be able to determine that portion of the award which is taxable, to report such amounts on proper IRS forms, and to pay all required taxes. Since tax liability varies on a case by case basis, the organization cannot give authoritative advice with respect to an individual’s taxes. The American Lung Association will provide interns with a summary financial statement called a 1099 for each tax year of the internship.


Application Procedure:

Please submit cover letter that includes your specific qualifications for this position, educational interests and why you are interested in this position and an updated resume via mail to:



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