The Center for School, Health and Education at the American Public Health Association advances school-based health centers as a public health strategy to reduce health inequities and increase graduation rates among high risk and vulnerable children and adolescents. Young people drop out of school for many of the same reasons that put them at risk for poor health as youngsters, and later as adults. Homelessness, teen pregnancy, hunger, school violence and chronic or traumatic stress are some of the social determinants of not only health but also educational success. Students who do not graduate suffer a wide range of negative social, economic, political, health and criminal justice outcomes that transcend generations. Accordingly, education and high school completion is a leading predictor of long-term health, making high school graduation a public health imperative.
The internship offers students the opportunity to build and strengthen professional skills particularly in research, analysis, writing, organization, and interpersonal communications. Interns conduct research and analysis to develop fact-sheets, issue briefs and other educational resources on a variety of issue areas relevant to the Center’s mission. Other responsibilities may include attending relevant briefing and seminars, providing support for webinars, and assisting with committee and partner meetings
The intern will participate in the Get Ready campaign public events.
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for unpaid APHA internships (located in Washington, D.C.). Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong analytic and research skills, strong planning, organization and time management skills, and strong Microsoft Word skills. Familiarity with social justice and health equity concepts is preferred. The candidate should also have the ability to work well in a highly collaborative, team-based environment.