American Heart Association (AHA)

Intern (Community Health Cpr)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in 

Melville, New York


The American Heart Association’s Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates an opportunity for hands-on experience in various facets for individuals interested in gaining work experience with a non-profit, voluntary health organization. Individuals will obtain practical experience and receive hands-on training in various disciplines, including volunteer recruitment/management, community event planning and management, public health research, community partner networking/connection, and program development/implementation. Each year, 350,000 people in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). A strong Chain of Survival can improve the chances of survival and recovery for victims of cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association encourages the implementation of sustainable community interventions that will strengthen the chain of survival for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) in high-risk, minority, and low-income communities.

Policy, system, and environmental change initiatives will focus on:

  • Increasing CPR training, specifically in lower-socioeconomic, resourced areas

  • Decreasing time to EMS activation (9-1-1 calls)

  • Universal implementation of Telephone-Assisted CPR

  • Improving access to bystander CPR and AED usage

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as training and support locally and through our National Center.

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Internship Overview:

Time Commitment: 20-25 hours per week

Internship Duration: 9/11/23-12/8/23

Hybrid-remote work with attendance at local community events in Melville, NY area.

Internship Outcomes:

Individuals participating in the internship program are provided with an opportunity to:

  • Gain important and practical job skills to be successful in a non-profit environment.

  • Opportunity to explore a career path with a reputable voluntary health/service organization.

  • Gain experience in the professional world while learning about board management.

  • Assisting in organizing/implementing community health initiatives and programs throughout communities.

  • Training and direction of volunteers including community Emergency response curriculum.

  • Help with the implementation of signature events and other activities.

  • Attendee internal and external meetings as requested, including health fairs and community events as necessary.

  • Complete an internship that enriches your academic and professional resume as well as enriches your personal life by making a difference in the lives of others.


Under the direction of the Senior Community Impact Director responsibilities may include:

  • Work to implement the mission-based priorities with the American Heart Association across Western New York (WNY) with a focus in the City of Buffalo.

  • Plan and assist with Hands-Only CPR education and demonstrations including volunteer and vendor recruitment, event Logistics and management.

  • Supporting organizations with Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) development.

  • Assess existing systems intervention designs that eliminate disparities in both calling 9-1-1 and providing bystander CPR for opportunities that may be replicable in WNY communities.

  • Develop and prioritize a pipeline of organizations throughout WNY that are interested in CPR education and planning through a Health Equity lens focusing on under-resourced and rural communities.

  • Develop a network of CPR advocates including but not limited to: SCA survivors, those that have lost friends or loved ones to SCA, first responders, and CPR instructors/trainers.

  • Plan grassroots advocacy events and activities to promote current cardiac Emergency Preparedness policy priorities as approved by the American Heart Association’s NYS Government Relations Director.

  • Complete a rotation through the various departments at the American Heart Association office and meet with staff as appropriate to expand knowledge of the comprehensive nonprofit landscape.

  • Participate in a learning plan that addresses health equity and provides a framework of understanding collective impact.

*Cardiac Arrest as a public health issue:


  • 2+ years of educational or equivalent experience in health or public health courses. A letter of recommendation from a current or recent professor, employer, or internship supervisor is preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to research health topics and translate findings into actionable guidance.

  • Demonstrated excellence in written communications skills, including writing on health topics for promotional or educational outcomes.

  • Demonstrated skills in effective one-on-one and group communications and comfort with working with all levels of community leaders, volunteers, and staff.

  • Ability to deal professionally in a corporate or non-profit environment and assume responsibility for guiding projects and programs from inception through completion.

  • Effective oral, written, and presentation communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment managing multiple priorities involving multiple entities.

  • Intermediate to excellent proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

  • Basic knowledge of Canva, Animoto, or Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.

  • Minimum availability of 20 hrs./wk., M-F between the hours of 8:30 am-5 pm, with some evenings and weekends.

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds.

  • Valid driver’s license and access to transportation required for community events and activities.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship, now or in the future. For any roles working remotely, the work must also be performed inside the United States, not in a foreign country.

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation and Performance – Attracting talented, committed interns means offering competitive compensation, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

Apply Today:

So, are you ready to Intern for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases?

A cover letter is recommended to explain why an internship in public health at the American Heart Association appeals to you.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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Location US-NY-Melville

Posted Date 9 hours ago (7/19/2023 9:07 PM)

Requisition ID 2023-10881

Job Category Administrative Support

Position Type Part Time

Location: NY-Melville

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