WORCESTER DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AT WDPH

 

The Worcester Division of Public Health (WDPH) is seeking applicants for the Public Health Internship program.  Public Health Interns will complete a one semester rotation within one of WDPH’s Offices or Departments. This public health program is an unfunded experience for current graduate and undergraduate students in good standing at United States-based Colleges and Universities.

The WDPH Internship Program provides an unparalleled opportunity for professional growth and development as a public health practitioner and will prepare the student to be an ambassador for the important work of WDPH in his/her professional discipline, work setting, or community. The student will have frequent contact with WDPH’s public health experts in one of a wide-range of disciplines including: Environmental Health, Community Health, Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, Health and Medical Preparedness, Youth Opportunities, or any one of the Worcester Academic Health Collaborative Departments with UMASS Medical, Clark University, and Worcester State University.

The student will have an opportunity to participate in training and development activities at WDPH that may include:

  • – Orientation to WDPH and government office work
  • – Attendance at seminars/webinars available to all WDPH staff
  • – Exposure to WDPH program analysis and evaluation methodologies
  • – Shadowing WDPH staff across a wide range of public health disciplines
  • – Assisting WDPH staff in collecting, analyzing, and reporting on public health data

 

All internship opportunities are unpaid. 

 

2017 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

The Worcester Division of Public Health is looking for interns to contribute to the Environmental Health (EH) Department by implementing a survey for food establishment operators. Utilizing this survey, the interns will determine the level of customer satisfaction in regards to food establishments and inspections from WDPH/CMRPHA Environmental Health staff. Completed in the towns of Grafton, Shrewsbury and West Bolyston, this survey will be distributed and collected throughout the remaining Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance towns, including Leicester, Millbury, and Holden. Compiled and summarized data will allow for future outreach and education opportunities. Interns will also be responsible for identifying grant funding for environmental health education efforts for food establishment operators.

The WDPH Chief of Environmental Health is the immediate supervisor for this position, with oversight from the Academic Health Collaborative (AHC) Coordinator. 
 

Responsibilities:

  • – Review the satisfaction survey to be completed by food establishments in the CMRPHA towns, and edit if needed
  • – Meet with environmental health team and quality council to finalize satisfaction survey
  • – Distribute and collect satisfaction surveys from all food establishments in the CMRPHA towns; provide reminders and follow-up to strive for 100% completion rates
  • – Identify and possibly apply for funding opportunities for educational food establishment trainings
  • – Meet regularly with WDPH Chief of Environmental Health      


Qualifications:

  • – Completed or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in Public Health, Environmental Sciences, or related field
  • – Experience in survey development and data interpretation preferred
  • – Ability to conduct community outreach in the field preferred
  • – Exceptional written and verbal communication
  • – Excellent organizational skills and critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • – Ability to prepare reports and meet deadlines
  • – Ability to conceptualize and organize projects into manageable tasks
  • – Must have own transportation

 

HEALTHY EATING

The Worcester Division of Public Health is looking for an intern to carry out specific duties related to healthy eating, including working on projects to increase access to healthy food and promote health eating in different sectors. The intern will also provide overall assistance on the Access to Healthy Food priority area of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

The WDPH Prevention Specialist focused on healthy eating/active living is the immediate supervisor for this position, with oversight from the Academic Health Collaborative (AHC) Coordinator. 
Responsibilities:

  • – Recruit corner stores in Worcester for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and provide overall program support and technical support to stores in the implementation stage of the program
  • – Assist local schools, early childhood programs, after-school programs and clinical sites in implementing the 5210 Go Worcester Go! Curriculum
  • – Teach weekly lessons related to healthy eating and physical activity at implementation sites
  • – Provide administrative to the Regional Environmental Council’s farmer’s market and mobile market
  • – Assist in the coordination of a new hydroponic grant program

 

Qualifications:

  • – Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in Public Health, Health Education, Nutrition or related field
  • – Exceptional written and verbal communication skills including ability to community to diverse groups and people of limited English proficiency
  • – Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • – Excellent organizational skills and critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • – Ability to prepare reports and meet deadlines
  • – Ability to conceptualize and organize projects into manageable tasks

 

INFANT MORTALITY

The Worcester Division of Public Health is looking for an individual to research the Healthy Baby Database, which has been tracking infant mortality in Worcester since 1986. Working directly with the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative (WHBC), the intern will be responsible for extracting data on the demographics of the mothers in Worcester who have had an infant death.

The WHBC Statistician (UMass Medical School) is the immediate supervisor for this position, with minimal supervision from the WDPH Epidemiologist.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • – Utilizing Excel, SPSS, or another statistical software program, analyze and determine the quality of infant mortality data available in the Healthy Baby Database
  • – Report the frequency of data fields in each of the subsets related to infant and fetal deaths to both Worcester and non-Worcester residents (the data dictionary is available to describe the fields in the database)
  • – Analyze recent data (2007-present) to report demographics from Worcester resident infant deaths, with summary statistics describing the age of mothers and any substance use by mothers
  • – Additional tasks as assigned

 

Qualifications: 

  • – Completed or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in Public Health, Statistics, or related field 
  • – Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • – Proficiency in SPSS or other statistical software program preferred
  • – Familiarity with RedCap software preferred
  • – Experience with geographic information system (GIS) technology a plus
  • – Excellent organizational skills and critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • – Ability to prepare reports and meet deadlines
  • – Ability to conceptualize and organize projects into manageable tasks

 

 

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