Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Intern

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Intern 

1. Description of Illinois Public Health Institute

The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) works through partnerships to promote prevention and improve public health systems that maximize health 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).

This internship is in the CHIT, which supports meaningful application of health data systems by leading planning, incubation, and implementation of policy and program initiatives. The CHIT develops and activates high-level project partnerships with a wide variety of organizations and institutions representative of multiple sectors in support of improving public health.

2. Description of the program

The Illinois Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to serve as the National Program Office for DASH, a national initiative to foster multi-sector information sharing to improve the health of communities. As part of RWJF’s Culture of Health, DASH aims to foster alignment among health care, public health, and other community systems to address the social determinants of health. DASH activities will include:

  • Working with grantees, and other stakeholders to implement innovative practices
  • Building and disseminating the evidence base for the field
  • Cultivating relationships among experts and practitioners to foster collective action in the field

3. Tasks

The exact nature of the internship tasks will be negotiated between the intern and the intern supervisor, depending on needs, skills and interests. Possible internship tasks include:

  • Administrative support of the program such as documenting meeting minutes, preparing materials, facilitating meetings, and event planning to accomplish project goals as necessary.
  • Assisting in implementation of the learning collaborative for grantees, partners, and stakeholders which may include webinars, conference calls and an online learning platform.
  • Collecting relevant materials and resources for DASH grantees and partners.
  • Supporting the development of project documents, factsheets, newsletters, case studies, how-to-guides and other materials.
  • Developing and maintaining databases of participants, stakeholders, and partners.

4. 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; an interest in improving the public health through policy and systems change.

Additional requirements include: interest in the development and management of large-scale systems change; willingness to work on a project where the long-term impact won’t be realized during the internship.

5. Location

The intern will have a designated space, with a desk and a computer at Illinois Public Health Institute, 954 W. Washington, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607.

6. Compensation, duration, and time commitment

This is an unpaid position. The selected candidate will be expected to work at least 15 hours and/or 3 days per week. The work hours will be somewhat flexible to accommodate the intern’s academic schedule and planned time off, if requested in advance. IPHI will be happy to work with the student’s institution to support course credit or practicum requirements.

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. How to apply

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

  • 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.

8. Equal Opportunity Employer

The Illinois Public Health Institute is dedicated to the principals of equal opportunity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information or any other personal characteristic not relevant to the posted position. IPHI is committed to diversity and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.