Community Capacity Development Intern – St. Louis Project

  1. Overview of the Illinois Public Health Institute

The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems in order to maximize health, health equity 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).

  1. Description of Internship/Practicum Opportunity

The selected intern will work in the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD) and will be involved with various aspects of updating a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  Duties may include compiling and analyzing health indicator data from various data sources, developing qualitative data collection tools and methods, analyzing qualitative data, and developing narrative reports. The primary and secondary data collection will have a focus on identifying vulnerable populations to prioritize community efforts to reduce health disparities and identify general population priority health problems and system issues that need to be improved to impact community health. The selected intern will also develop meeting agendas and PowerPoint presentations for broad-based stakeholder committees in collaboration with the IPHI team. The selected intern will work collaboratively with experienced staff and have the opportunity to participate in community stakeholder meetings and when applicable, present their work including key findings from the data. The selected intern may also identify and compile best practice strategies to address priority issues and reduce health disparities discovered in the assessment phase that match the community needs, culture, and resources.

In addition, the selected intern will have an opportunity to assist with a Local Public Health System Assessment (LPHSA) for the health department. The LPHSA will be conducted as a 1-day retreat with approximately 60-75 participants. Under the guidance of IPHI staff, the intern may work with the planning committee to identify and recruit participants, facilitators, and note-takers; prepare retreat materials; and assist with retreat logistics including event set up, facilitator/note-taker support, and event break down. The intern may assist with documenting the LPHSA results, drafting the LPHSA report, and presenting findings to the health department.

  1. Desired Skills

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. Desired candidates will have knowledge and interest in indicators of social determinants of health and health status; some experience compiling and presenting data related to social determinants of health and health status, some experience analyzing qualitative data and presenting key findings; excellent skills using Excel for data compilation and creation of graphs, charts and analyzing data; and experience conducting and summarizing background research and literature reviews. Familiarity with public health community-based organizations in St. Louis is a plus.

  1. Location

The intern may work remotely from St. Louis in a location with dedicated internet and phone service. If the intern will be based in Chicago, they may have a designated space with a desk and a computer at Illinois Public Health Institute, 954 W. Washington Blvd., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607.

  1. Duration and Time Commitment

IPHI is seeking an intern for the spring semester, January 2017 – April/May 2017 to assist with the projects described above. The internship may be extended into the summer or fall semester 2017 depending on applicant interest and qualifications. The duration and time commitment will be negotiated between the successful applicant and his/her internship supervisor, and be further defined according by the internship requirements of the student’s school. 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.

  1. Compensation for the internship

This is an unpaid position.

  1. How to apply

No phone calls, please. To apply, send the following three items to internships@iphionline.org:

  • 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

Applications without all three requirements will not be considered.

  1. Equal opportunity

The Illinois Public Health Institute values diversity and is dedicated to the principals of equal opportunity. All jobs and internship opportunities are open to everyone equally. It is the policy and practice of IPHI not to discriminate against any applicant 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.