Internship Opportunities

The Force for Health program at JC Blair Memorial Hospital is looking for interns for 2019-2020.

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.

Applications must be emailed to the Force for Health Program by April 15.

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

Email your application to:

Program goals:

  • 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


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.

Emma Hannan , Juniata College '18, Penn State MHA '20

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.

Madison Hearn , Juniata College '19


Email Madison Hearn, The Force for Health Program Fellow, at