Communications Internship (Summer 2018)

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide.

The company provides clinically-proven medical products and pharmaceuticals and cost-effective solutions that enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home. Cardinal Health connects patients, providers, payers, pharmacists and manufacturers for integrated care coordination and better patient management. Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, with more than 50,000 employees in nearly 60 countries, Cardinal Health ranks among the top 25 on the Fortune 500.

Location: Dublin, Ohio

Start Date: May/June 2018

Hours: Approximately 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. 

 *All Cardinal Health internships are paid internships.

The Summer Internship Program allows students the opportunity to work on meaningful and exciting projects that will give them the hands-on experience they need to build a solid foundation for their future. As an intern, students will have the opportunity to participate in a formalized program, designed to increase knowledge of Cardinal Health and the healthcare industry as well as develop essential leadership skills. Interns will be given the opportunity to explore different career paths and interview for full-time roles upon successful completion of the program.

Why Choose the Cardinal Health Summer Internship Program?

Experience: Interns work with other Cardinal Health professionals on their team, as well as business partners, customers and vendors on substantial projects in addition to daily work. To enhance leadership skills, each intern also participates on a planning committee. At the end of the summer, each intern has the opportunity to showcase their work in a presentation to business leaders.

Networking: Interns have the opportunity to learn from key business leaders through the “Executive Speaker Series.” They also have the opportunity to network with other professionals through both formal and informal networking events.

Development: Interns participate in a formal one-on-one mentoring program, as well as professional workshops to enhance their business acumen.  They are also able to explore full time career paths throughout their internship experience.

Camaraderie: The internship program offers various social, teambuilding, community service events, as well as tours to help interns build a solid network of peers.

As a Communications Intern, you could potentially support the organization in several of the following ways:

Public Relations:

  • Audit the company’s online media relations capabilities and develop a plan for improvement
  • Assist in media measurement and analytics
  • Assist in clip tracking
  • Assist in news release writing


  • Analyze current web-site content to ensure consistent messaging and brand standards
  • Write and post articles as needed
  • Write talking points, speeches, and collateral to be used by speakers and participants at various conferences

  • Draft PowerPoint presentations and produce videos for various conferences, observing corporate brand standards and consistent messaging

  • Assist with stakeholder analysis, by mapping out audiences, messages, and communication vehicles
  • Assist with copywriting, by writing copy for print, electronic or web-based vehicles
  • Assist with distribution, by monitoring and updating distribution lists to ensure proper delivery of communications

Accountabilities in this role:

  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Willingness to inquire and challenge the status quo
  • Strong quality and results orientation with a proactive approach
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to interact effectively at all levels and across diverse culture
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Must be willing to work independently and make sound decisions expeditiously
  • Must be willing to adapt to shifting requirements or priorities


Cardinal Health primarily recruits current, full-time students who are typically in their junior year (on track to graduate winter 2018 or spring 2019) and meet the following criteria:

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications or a related field
  • Recommended GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Relevant coursework and/or projects
  • Previous internship experience preferred, but not required
  • Strong leadership, communication & analytical skills
  • Extensive community service and/or extracurricular activities
  • Established work ethic and ambition
  • Process and results orientation
  • Must have unlimited work authorization in the United States

**If you are offered a position and you accept that position, the offer is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a drug test, completion of a background investigation, and demonstrated evidence that you are eligible to work for any employer in the United States.

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