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ASPIRE Internship: Tennessee Advocacy Intern, American Heart Association, Nashville, TN

Posted by on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Announcements.

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

American Heart Association
Greater Southeast Affiliate

Tennessee Advocacy Intern

1818 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN 37203

The American Heart Association (AHA) was founded in 1924 and has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 33 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 3,400 employees. Our size and scope let us have real impact. We have invested more than $4.1 billion in research, more than any U.S. nonprofit organization.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  The AHA is working to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.

The Advocacy Intern will be supervised by American Heart Association’s Government Relations Director and will assist the Advocacy Department in a wide range of areas relating to legislative research, advocacy, and grassroots. The intern will become familiar with state and federal heart-related policy issues, prevention and healthcare advocacy, and political engagement and decision-making and obtain a meaningful understanding of how the legislative process affects the lives of people living with Heart Disease.


  • Utilize vital collaboration skills to work with partner organizations and advocates on policy campaigns
  • Write and post advocacy articles on websites, blogs, newsletters, Legislative ALERT’s and social media outlets
  • Track legislation and use grassroots efforts to support policy change


  • Interest and aptitude to work in public policy, public health, or government-related fields
  • Exceptional writing ability
  • Ability to work in a group or coalition setting
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and internet applications
  • Previous experience in government relations, campaigns, or  policy advocacy is preferred
  • Volunteer experience or familiarity with non-profit organizations preferred.



  • Internship will run December – April 2019
  • Internship is unpaid, part-time (2-5 hours per week, variable)

Applications due by noon, Monday, November 26, 2018

To apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here:
  • Submit a resume and cover letter to Ashley Brady at  (Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_AHA_Advocacy_Fa2018 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Internship: AHA_Advocacy)
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline

Your information will then be passed along to the organization and they will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (


Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted.
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.




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