Force for Health Internship Opportunities
The Force for Health® Program is looking for interns for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year in Ohio, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Through a community-centered approach that identifies all of the socioecological factors that affect health, the Force for Health® encourages individuals to live healthier lives, while helping friends, family, and community members to do the same. Utilizing service learning to promote health education and health advocacy, we aim to foster better health outcomes through meaningful service to the community.
If you are interested in health advocacy, community engagement, health communication, health promotion, and/or health education, we strongly encourage that you apply for a Force for Health® internship. Because the Force for Health® represents an interdisciplinary team that works together to promote health through a variety of skill sets, we encourage students of all backgrounds to apply.
- To promote health equity and cultural diversity by enabling individuals to gain a greater understanding of the social determinants of health and their impacts;
- To empower individuals to make an investment in their health by giving them resources to become more health literate;
- To provide leadership and development opportunities for individuals through service-based learning projects;
- To enable individuals to work with community agencies and become more involved in the community;
- To facilitate a pipeline to professional experience in which individuals are exposed to the opportunities in the health professions
Applications must be emailed to the Force for Health Program by Sept 15, 2019.
To be considered for an internship, your application should include:
- A cover letter describing your interest in the program and how many hours a week you can commit to the internship (must be able to commit somewhere from 12-20 hours a week)
- A resume, including relevant experiences and coursework
Please fill out this form and let us know how you would like to help!
Internships available include:
Community Outreach & Relations
Basic Health & Wellness Education
Public Health Education
Photo and Video Production
Community Based Learning
Marketing & Social Media
Data Analysis and Web Design
Mobile App Product Management
Advice from previous Force for Health Interns
Why I chose to be a Force for Health Intern
It's so frustrating to me to see so many people that I care about and other members of this community face preventable chronic diseases. I want to help people avoid the costs--financial, social, physical, and otherwise---that result from chronic illness.
I helped develop the Force for Health and My Healthy Huntingdon websites so people can more easily access information that will help them make healthy decisions.
Why I chose to be a Force for Health Intern
In order to improve the health of Huntingdon County, it is imperative that the community has the resources to advocate for their own health. As the Force for Health Fellow, it has been my privilege to help lead the Force for Health program in providing the tools the community needs for increased health equity and health literacy. Through this position, I have had the opportunity to work with community organizations and health professionals to develop resources such as a comprehensive online community health directory, a basic online health academy, a community health worker program, and a service-based learning program in high schools that addresses community health concerns.
Not only has it been rewarding to see the impact of the Force for Health on the community, but the Force for Health has provided me a better understanding of the implications of the social determinants of health, allowed me to work directly with community organizations, and provided me with the tools to provide meaningful service to the community.
Ultimately, I believe that because of the experiences I've had during my Force for Health internship, I am well equipped to improve the health of underserved and disadvantaged patients as a future healthcare professional.
The primary goal I wish to accomplish this semester is to team up with other #ForceforHealth Interns and design at least several courses presenting information about mental and physical health in multiple languages—including English, Punjabi/Hindi, Arabic, and Tagalog. In this manner, we will effectively teach the public as a whole, including different minority groups, about the importance of health.
I learned how to take initiative in getting my work done and be proud of the things I have accomplished this semester.
I decided to be an intern because I want to be part of the movement that makes learning about healthcare as accessible as possible as this is something I'm passionate about . I would love to be able to utilize my second language to help students learn about different health topics.
We must be a good example of health to teach other students about health and wellness
As an international student from the Philippines, I have become aware that inaccessibility to healthcare is a global problem. I chose to join this team because I believe that this will surely help with my goal of building a career focused on quality healthcare that is accessible to all.
Email Madison Hearn, The Force for Health Program Fellow, at firstname.lastname@example.org.