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Below are a list of current opportunities available at ISDH. Please be aware that availability can change at any time without notice. Many internships with ISDH are for graduates students. Occasionally some undergraduates may be accepted. For more undergraduate opportunities please see a listing of local health departments who are open to accept interns. Please forward your resume along with the Internship Application and Health Student Intern Questionnaire.
Timeline: Fall 2016
GPA Requirements: 3.0 preferred, but not required.
Student Skill Requirements: Candidates are asked to have an undergraduate degree with related experience or be a graduate level Public Health student. Candidates must have excellent organization skills, Microsoft Excel experience preferred; research, communication, and coordination skills would be desirable as well. Experience with refugee health and/or the Burmese community would be a beneficial, but is not required.
Job Description: The Food Protection Program Rapid Response Team Section is partnering with Marion and Allen County Health Departments conducting surveillance sampling on imported products that may be associated with increased rates of lead poisoning in Burmese Refugee children. Over 100 products have been collected and an intern would organize the data and collect additional information on the products’ usage, compare to levels of domestic products, and assist in researching action levels from the FDA and EPA on similar products.
Interested applicants are asked to send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why they are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov. Supervision will be under Laurie Kidwell, Rapid Response Team Supervisor in the Food Protection Program for ISDH.
Timeline: Fall, Spring, Summer; 1-2 interns for each session
Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief not explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov . Supervision will be under Andrew Thomas.
Time Line: Fall 2016
Student Skill Requirements:
Job Description: This position will provide intermediate level technical support for the Epidemiology Resource Center with their epidemiological data. This position is responsible for mapping form fields to data fields in the database, answering ad hoc data requests from the disease epidemiologists, conducting quality assurance testing of the systems upgrades. This position will work as part of a development team as well as independently on projects. Knowledge of data design is highly desired. Below is a summary of responsibilities:
Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief not explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov . Supervision will be under Forrest Gaston.
Description: Position assists with the survey needs within the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA). Particular emphasis is given to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and working to ensure that the YRBS is administered to schools in accordance with CDC guidelines for the purpose of obtaining weighted data. The YRBS is a statewide survey asked of 9-12 grade students, and this position will focus largely on a subsample of schools that are participating in a DNPA grant. The data from this survey is used to assess progress toward long-term and intermediate performance measures as outlined in the aforementioned grant, as well as in state and national reports.
This internship will be preceptored by Jenny Durica, Epidemiologist, in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity.
GPA Preferred: 3.0
Time Line: Spring 2017
Student Skill Requirements: Candidates will be graduate level students pursuing a degree in public health or a related field. We are looking for candidates that have statistical analysis experience and at least a basic understanding of vaccine-preventable diseases. Additionally, we would prefer who has a demonstrated interest in epidemiology and/or program planning.
Job Description: The intern will be located within the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC), and work alongside the Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist to experience working on case reporting, investigation, and outbreak response. The intern would have the opportunity to actively participate in the following routine activities:
In addition to the day to day activities, the intern would contribute to the ISDH ERC by completing a project during his or her time at the state. The intern may choose from the several possible project ideas listed below to work with the ISDH preceptor to determine another appropriate project:
Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov . Supervision will be under Mugha Golwalkar in our VPD division.
Time Line: Summer 2016
Student Skill Requirements: Has or is receiving their Masters in Public Health, Wellness, Nutrition/Dietetics, Health Coaching, Health Policy, or Community Health. This intern should have experience in health policy and health promotion.
Job Description: Interns in our department will learn to be a 'jack of all trades' in the field of Nutrition and Physical Activity. Because obesity is a serious health concern (Indiana is the 7th most obese state in the nation) DNPA must be creative when it comes to how we utilize our limited staff and funding. Most of our staff has a broad base of knowledge and understanding when it comes to strategies to help decrease our obesity rate. Interns will learn about these strategies, best practices, and how those practices are implemented across the state. Interns will also learn how obesity prevention can reduce the risk for the top killers in Indiana - including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. They will have the opportunity to interact with other divisions in the agency including: Chronic Disease, Office of Women's Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Office of Public Affairs.
The main focus of this intern will be on worksite wellness health promotion efforts to improve healthy eating, physical activity, and breastfeeding. Specifically, this intern will be responsible for designing and implementing a health promotion effort to get more individuals to shop the healthy foods in government building snack shops. Other responsibilities will include working with the ISDH breastfeeding taskforce to create a breastfeeding policy document for employers. Additionally, this intern will work on an ISDH health meeting policy to be implemented in the agency, and hopefully disseminated to other State government agencies as a model. Nutrition/dietetics and wellness students will be tasked with content creation and subject matter expertise. They will be responsible for putting their knowledge into a public health and health promotion lens.
Individuals with Masters in Public Health will be responsible for understanding how to write and implement important wellness policies for internal and external employers. They must understand the implications of policy change, identify worthwhile policy, and learn how to reason through challenges and evaluate outcomes.
Learning will take place through hands on, directed projects that will make a real impact on DNPA. Interns will have the opportunity to come away with a tangible product that can be highlighted on resumes and work profiles. Interns will also have the chance to attend meetings with staff, professional development opportunities such as trainings and events, and be a part of a dynamic, vibrant public health team.
Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov . Supervision will be under Eden Bezy in our Nutrition and Physical Activity Division.
Time Line: Fall 2016
GPA Requirements: 3.0 preferred but not required
Student Skill Requirements: Candidates will have completed or plan on completing, but not limited to: Health Communication, Health Provider-Consumer Communication, Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation and Healthcare Marketing, Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics I and II and course work utilizing SAS. We are looking for candidates that have a desire to work with both data and quality improvement in supporting hospitals becoming verified trauma centers. The candidate should have a strong writing skills, Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) knowledge, Microsoft Excel experience, and quality improvement skills.
Job Description: All hospitals with emergency departments and rehabilitation facilities have the statutory responsibility to report their trauma related data to the Indiana Trauma Registry via ImageTrend (the state's data repository vendor). The intern will work alongside the Database Analyst Epidemiologist and Trauma System PI Manager to compile trauma data quality reports to ensure data accuracy, help develop EMS statewide, district-specific and traumatic injury reports, create monthly ITN quizzes and calculate results, compile articles for the Division's monthly newsletter and attend meetings accordingly.
Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov . Supervision will be under Katie Hokanson in our Trauma and Injury Prevention Division.
Timeline: Spring 2017
Student Skill Requirements/Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, or related field preferred but not required; ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret, and correlate very technical material; working knowledge of Microsoft Excel; experience with coding and analysis of large data sets preferred.
Job Description: Intern will work with Research and Evaluation Department primarily, and may assist with data entry and analysis tasks; media clipping, coding, and archiving; as well as other ad-hoc tasks.
Organization/Agency Description and Clientele Served: The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission's vision is to significantly improve the health of Hoosiers and to reduce the disease and economic burden that tobacco use places on Hoosiers of all ages.
The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission exists to prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products in Indiana and to protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke. The Board will coordinate and allocate resources from the Trust Fund to:
Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov