Lisa Wrubleski, Director, Development with American Lung Association shares the company’s history:
We’re America’s oldest voluntary health organization, founded in 1904 as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis– dedicated to combating tuberculosis (TB), the most dreaded disease of the time.Over a difficult 50-year fight, we played a critical role in developing and funding increasingly effective weapons to prevent, detect and treat the disease. By 1954, tuberculosis was largely controlled in the U.S.Over the years, we expanded our fight, targeting other threats to lung health, and taking the new name the American Lung Association, guardian of everyone’s right to healthy lungs and clean air. The American Lung Association was among the first to tackle smoking as the nation’s greatest preventable health risk, and to make the connection between air pollution and lung disease. Landmark victories included The Clean Air Act, banning smoking on airplanes, and passage of the bill which gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over the marketing, sale and manufacturing of tobacco products to stop tobacco companies from preying on children and deceiving the American public.Our local Lung Associations across the country are critical partners in health, working at the community, state and regional level to fight for healthy lungs and healthy air right where you live. And the fight continues. After more than 100 years, the American Lung Association is still fighting for air.
What’s it like to work with the American Lung Association?
Lisa: Our intern program is over 14 years old. We strive to treat our interns with respect and give them all the tools they need to be successful while they are working here, such as a desk space of their own, computer, voicemail and email. We find out what our interns would like to get out of the program and work hard to make sure they achieve that during their time here. They are given meaningful tasks and play an active role in working on projects that will help them feel as though they made a significant contribution while they were here. We also have developed an intern handbook which talks about the history of the American Lung Association, where our money goes as well as some important things that all interns can benefit from such as examples of cover letters and resumes. Finally, at the end of their internship we silicate feedback from them to help improve the program for future students.
Are there any fun facts about the American Lung Association?
Lisa: We have successfully hired a number of interns into full time employment! In our office in Connecticut alone we have hired 6 interns. This is remarkable considering that the office has only a full time staff of only 9!
If you are interested in interning with the American Lung Association, click here.