Healthy Communities Summit Internship



Healthy Communities Summit Intern


  The Illinois Public Health Institute is seeking an intern to support planning and implementation of a Healthy Communities Summit (at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in June) and follow-up convenings to be held in the summer and fall of 2013.

1)    Description of Illinois Public Health Institute   The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is a partnership of public, private and voluntary organizations that seeks to maximize health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Illinois.  IPHI administers a number of partnership-driven projects addressing specific program areas, including the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD), the Center for Health and Information Technology (CHIT), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI).   IPHI stands at the nexus of public health planning and policy, with programs, partnerships or projects in Reducing Health Disparities, working on the State Health Improvement Plan, Training and Technical Assistance for local health department (LHD) assessment and certification, a pilot for voluntary LHD Accreditation, Quality improvement and performance management training and technical assistance, the development of a statewide Public Health Web-based Data Query System, coordination of stakeholder engagement for large-scale health information system design initiatives, and leadership and advocacy around preventing obesity in Illinois.

2)    Description of the project/placement/practicum   The Healthy Communities Summit is being co-convened by IPHI and the Federal Reserve to help build partnerships for cross-sector approaches to revitalizing neighborhoods and improving health.  The Summit will bring together diverse leaders from public health and community development in the metropolitan Chicago area to share knowledge and strategies and to create stronger linkages between sectors. Topics to be covered include: housing, education, safety, employment/jobs, health care, access to food and transportation. Following the Summit, there will be a series of convenings with organizational and community leaders to develop concrete and actionable recommendations to move the Healthy Communities agenda forward. The intern will support planning for the Healthy Communities Summit, to include:

  • Identify organizations that should be invited to participate in the Summit and/or follow-up convenings.
  • Compile a literature review of publications highlighting cross-sector collaboration between public health and community development (academic and grey literature).
  • Develop materials and resources for the Summit such as powerpoint presentations and policy briefs.
  • Assist with meeting logistics.
  • Participate with IPHI staff in meetings with the planning committee (made up of multiple organizations from across the region).

The intern will support implementation of the Healthy Communities Summit, to include:

  • Document key takeaways from the Healthy Communities Summit.
  • Assist in design of follow-up convenings.
  • Work with regional, local and community-based organizations to convene follow-up meetings and ensure participation from diverse communities and sectors.
  • Assist with logistics for follow-up convenings.
  • Analyze and compile best practices on collaboration between Community Development and Public Health.
  • Document key takeaways and recommendations from the follow-up convenings.
  • Draft sections of final report.

3)    Expected project outcome or product   The intern will assist in planning and implementing a Healthy Communities Summit and follow-up convenings that will result in a set of concrete and actionable recommendations so that health and community development sectors will partner more effectively to revitalize communities and improve health.  The intern will have the opportunity to complete at least one substantial research or writing assignment.

4)    Skills that would be desirable to accomplish this project   Qualified applicants will possess the following: excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to take initiative on projects; comfortable working independently and in a team; an interest in improving public health through policy and systems change.

5)    Location where the intern would be housed   The intern will have a designated space, with a desk and a computer at Illinois Public Health Institute, 954 West Washington, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607.

6)    Duration of internship and time commitment   The duration and time commitment will be negotiated between the successful applicant and her internship supervisor, and be further defined according by the internship requirements of the student’s school.  Generally, the selected candidate will be expected to produce at least 250 hours of work during this three-month internship. Interns will be expected to track their own hours worked and meet all negotiated requirements. This internship will be expected to begin in early June and will conclude no later than the end of August.  Generally, work will be carried out between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.  IPHI will be happy to work with the student’s institution to support course credit or practicum requirements.

7)    Compensation for the internship   This is an unpaid position.

8)    How to apply   No phone calls, please. To apply, send the following three items

  • a personalized cover letter referencing the candidate’s relevant experience and training and how they fit the internship opportunity
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • one writing sample, no longer than five pages

to  Applications without all three requirements will not be considered.      

 9)   Equal Opportunity Employer   The Illinois Public Health Institute is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We commit to our coworkers, applicants and community to have internships and job opportunities open to everyone equally. It is the policy and practice of IPHI not to discriminate against any coworker or applicant on hiring decisions or career advancement because of race, color, religion national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or any other personal characteristic which is not a relevant qualification to the specific position.