Community Capacity Development Intern

Community Capacity Development Intern

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).

2. Description of Internship/Practicum Opportunity

The selected intern will be involved with various aspects of conducting a community health assessment for local health departments and non-profit hospitals including 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 in literature review and compilation of core competencies for a statewide suicide prevention curriculum and facilitation of key stakeholders and subject matter experts to come to consensus on core content for a curriculum for juvenile justice providers.

3. 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.

4. Location

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

5. Duration and Time Commitment

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.

6. Compensation for the internship

This is an unpaid position.

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

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.