Internship and volunteer opportunities

Introduction

Public health careers offer something for everyone: Epidemiology and biostatistics involve mathematics and modeling. Environmental health includes a wide range of science skills.  Health administration incorporates business and management skills. Health education involves skills required to develop community-wide prevention programs. Health policy includes an understanding of law-making processes.

There has never been a more exciting time to pursue a career in public health. And our Internship Program is the perfect way to see if Public Health is right for you!

The goal of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Internship Program is to provide a high-quality training experience for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Students will have an opportunity to develop academic, career and personal growth. Our program is guided by two core principles:

  1. Strengthening the public health workforce through a focused effort to reach out to students in the field of Public Health.

  2. Providing service to the Department and the Santa Clara County community  

Paid internship eligibility

  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited institution/school or have graduated within the last six months.
  • Have at least a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • If a match is made, you'll be asked to submit a County application and other paperwork, and to complete a physical examination.

Volunteer opportunities

Better Health Pharmacy is seeking volunteers:

Nursing internships

Applying

Students and interested volunteers are encouraged to check the website frequently for internship/volunteer postings:

  • Students may be part-time or full-time
  • Students may be volunteers, unpaid, or paid interns

Summer internships

Our summer internship recruitments occur the end of January and first two weeks in February. 

Internship opportunities

Note: If there are no immediate openings (we will NOT hold on to applications and resumes). Continue to visit the website regularly for posted opportunities. 

When applying for open opportunities, please complete and submit: 1) Interns and Volunteer Application 2) cover letter and 3) resume to [email protected]. Incomplete files will not be processed. 

Current openings (closing March 8, 2024): 

     

    Active and Safe Communities Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    The Active and Safe Communities initiatives are intended to promote the health benefits of active transportation (safe walking and biking) and park utilization with a focus on racial and health equity.

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    May/June 2024

    Internship Description/Goals

    The intern will play a key role supporting the Safe Routes to Community Hubs Initiative, Countywide Safe Routes to School Efforts and Parks and Health Initiatives with a focus on racial and health equity. Activities will include developing bi- cultural educational and encouragement materials, researching best practices and existing policies, supporting community engagement activities and developing community outreach plans for active transportation and park activities with a focus on engaging under resourced communities.

    The main goal is to enhance opportunities for safe walking and biking and to promote park utilization in underserved communities with a focus on chronic disease prevention.

    Student Learning Objectives

    • The student will gain an understanding of policy and system change to address health equity.

    • The student will gain experience engaging and implementing activities with key community stake holders, community members, youth and community partners.

    • The student will gain experience planning and implementing outreach and engagement plans.

    • The student will gain experience developing educational materials and social media toolkits.

    Required Experience & Skills

    • Student will be responsible for planning and coordinating community outreach activities to promote park utilization and active transportation.

    • Student will be responsible for developing outreach and educational materials and utilizing social media and other strategies to reach the community.

    • Student will be responsible for researching best practices and policies and summarizing findings in a presentation.

    Desired Skills:

    • Bilingual Spanish applicant preferred.

    • Strong writing, public speaking and organizational skills

    • Knowledge of Canva and experience developing outreach materials.

    • Availability to attend evening presentations throughout Santa Clara County and periodic weekend events.

    • Capacity to research public health policies and best practices and summarize information collected.

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Associate’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Public Health, Urban Planning, or a related social science field

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    FT or PT

    Location:

    1775 Story Road, San Jose, CA

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Michelle Wexler
    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    CalFresh Healthy Living, Healthy Communities Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    Program Mission:

    The goal of the CalFresh Healthy Living Program is to prevent chronic diseases and improve food security among persons eligible for CalFresh. The program focuses on implementing education, policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change strategies to increase the access to, and consumption of, affordable healthy food and beverages and decrease sedentary behavior. The program implements interventions in a variety of settings including schools, community centers, retail establishments, and farmers markets.

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    May 2024 to September 2024

    Internship Description / Goals:

    The project will consist of assisting in the planning and implementation of health education activities and policy, systems, and environmental change strategies of the CalFresh Healthy Living Program in the Healthy Communities Branch of the Public Health Department.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • The student will plan, organize, and participate in outreach events and classes.

    • The students will assist in the coordination of service delivery with community partners.

    • The student will plan and implement trainings for community partners.

    • The student will develop a plan to launch our Monthly Themes Toolkit serving partners throughout the state

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Provide support to community engagement efforts and events

    • Develop or maintain partnerships with community organizations

    • Co-lead nutrition or physical activity classes with community members

    • Promote the CalFresh program and services to the community

    • Attend collaborative meetings

    • Assist in the delivery of trainings

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Great problem solver

    • Takes initiative

    • Works cooperatively and collaboratively as part of a team

    • Experience in health education.

    • Great public speaking skills.

    • Basic computer skills required (MS Office Suite).

    • Must be available during the typical workday (8am to 5pm) but also occasional evening and weekend hours.

    Desired Skills:

    • Bi-lingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese is a plus.

    • Knowledge and experience working with low-income communities is a plus.

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Health Science, Public Health, Community Engagement, Community Health, Social Work, Nursing

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    PT or FT

    Location:

    County of Santa Clara, Public Health Department

    1775 Story Road, Ste. 120, San Jose, CA 95122

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Celeste Cordeiro-Vera, MPH
    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Implementation and Evaluation of Community Air Quality Projects – Climate and Health Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    The Climate and Health program helps our communities prepare and adapt to our changing environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds several projects through a Building Resilience Against Climate Effects grant. These projects focus on building climate resilience to high heat and poor air quality in climate equity priority populations.

    The Climate and Health team has two air quality projects that distribute air filtration units to congregate settings and for clients who participate in a Public Health Nursing program, have respiratory conditions, and are low-income. The objective of these programs is to provide clean air for community residents during impaired air quality days.

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    May 2024 – August 2024

    Internship Description / Goals:

    Assist in implementing two air quality projects with community-based organizations and Public Health Nurses. Develop an evaluation plan for the projects to assess process and outcome-based questions. 

    Assess the effectiveness of two air quality projects to inform and improve the program and create best practices for replication in other local health departments.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • Design an evaluation plan.

    • Identify best practices and barriers.

    • Explain results in a written report.

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Manage several partnerships including community organizations.

    • Organize and implement several project activities.

    • Develop evaluation questions, logic models, and other evaluation plan components.

    • Conduct analysis of evaluation results.

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Knowledge of the health impacts of climate change

    • Background in Public Health

    • Experience working with Santa Clara County communities and climate equity priority populations (Older adults, historically marginalized, children, low-income)

    • Program evaluation

    Desired Skills:

    • Spanish speaker

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Public Health, Environmental Health, Climate change, Environmental Justice, Health Evaluation

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    FT

    Location:

    1775 Story Rd, San Jose

    Hybrid

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Erin Xavier
    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Communications Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    Program Mission:

    The Public Health Department's Communications team plays a vital role in achieving health program goals through strategic advice, media relations, and digital initiatives. We offer guidance to Department leadership and program staff on effective communications and media tactics, including expertise in social marketing and behavior change. Additionally, the team manages media relations for interviews and news coverage, advises on media buys, and actively engages in web and social media projects. We also oversee visual and brand identity, incorporating graphic design for health education materials in multiple languages, often collaborating with external organizations.

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    Flexible starting May/June and ending August/September. Minimum 10 weeks.

    Internship Description/Goals:

    The intern will be entrusted with a dynamic project that centers on building relationships both within our organization and with external groups. This hands-on experience will include taking ownership of communications initiatives, with a specific focus on promoting racial and health equity.

    Increasing communications and technology support of programs within the department helps them reach target racial and health equity populations.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • Develop skills in technological platforms, including GovDelivery, Drupal, and other communications technologies to support programs’ projects.

    • Learn to work in Canva to produce professional imagery and health education messages for use on the website and in social media.

    • Gain an overview of public health and the department.

    • Develop a working knowledge of the tone and look of the department’s communications with the public.

    • Improve skills in research, writing, editing, and layout.

    • Gain experience working in a professional setting.

    • Support Public Health doctors, executives, and events in achieving public communications goals.

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Communications projects that may involve collaboration with other parts of our organization as well as external groups.

    • Research traditional media and online promotion/marketing tactics for public health programs, and make media buy recommendations.

    • Create graphics for use on the website and social media pages.

    • Assist in editing and formatting other communications projects.

    • Research new communications tools, social media trends, and new social media platforms.

    Community outreach with a group, to educate local retail pharmacies and others about Public Health Services.

    Desired Experience and Skills:

    • Familiarity with health literacy and plain language principles is a plus.

    • Understanding of effective communication channels and platforms.

    • Basic understanding of health science and/or statistics would be helpful, as we take an approach to content and programs that is informed by data.

    • Language skills (Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin) are a plus.

    Required Experience and Skills:

    • Strong writing and editing skills.

    • Ability to adapt writing style for different purposes and audiences.

    • Proficiency in research and report writing.

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Current student or recent graduate in communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, or a health-related field.

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part-Time or Full-Time Position:

    FT

    Location:

    150 W. Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Britt Ehrhardt
    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Decision Intelligence Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    Science Branch Mission:

    Vision: Empower communities and achieve health equity through evidence-based guidance.

    Mission statement: Protect and improve the health of our communities by providing high-quality data and information that drive public health actions.

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    5/28/24 – 8/30/24

    Internship Description / Goals:

    Develop and enhance decision frameworks that incorporate advanced analytical methods, data-driven insights, and predictive modeling to support more informed and effective decision-making.

    Goal: Combine syndromic data with Health Places Index (HPI) data to assess the impact of social factors on health outcomes and inform public health interventions.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • The student will develop the skills to enhance decision frameworks by incorporating advanced analytics and data-driven insights.

    • The student will be able to apply machine learning (ML) algorithms, optimization models, and/or simulation techniques to improve decision-making.

    • The student will gain the ability to evaluate decision outcomes using key performance indicators and metrics.

    • The student will learn to continuously assess and refine decision intelligence frameworks based on feedback and performance evaluation.

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Analyze existing decision frameworks and identify areas for improvement.

    • Develop and document decision frameworks that incorporate advanced analytics.

    • Implement real-time data feeds and integration points to ensure decision inputs are current and relevant.

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

    • Knowledge of decision support systems.

    Desired Skills:

    • Proficiency in data analysis and statistical methods.

    • Proficiency in either Python or R.

    • Familiarity with ML and optimization techniques.

    • Ability to work with data visualization tools.

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Master’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Doctoral program

    Field of study:

    • Analytics

    • Behavioral Economics

    • Business Administration

    • Data Science

    • Decision Science

    • Health Economics

    • Operations Research

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    FT or PT

    Location:

    150 W Tasman Drive, San Jose, Ca

    Science Branch

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Philip Poon
    [email protected]

    Senior Statistician - Science Branch

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    The Hazardous Materials Program lives in the Department of Environmental Health, which is a branch of the Public Health Department.  The mission of the Program is to protect human health and the environment, primarily through the implementation of hazardous materials inspection and enforcement programs.

    The Program has one opening for a Student Intern. The internship is expected to start June 10, 2024, and end August 16, 2024.  Upon approval, internship dates may be adjusted to accommodate the student’s academic calendar.

    Internship Description/Goals:

    The Student Intern will complete a study that identifies regulated facilities in disadvantaged communities, and analyzes inspection, violation, and/or compliance data to determine whether there are any trends unique to disadvantaged communities. The Student Intern will prepare a written and verbal report of their findings and recommendations.  The goal of the project is to create tools and actionable steps the Program may adopt to improve equity and hazardous materials compliance within Santa Clara County, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    The Student Intern will gain knowledge and experience in:

    • California’s hazardous materials regulatory framework

    • Interacting with the public

    • Study design

    • Data collection and analysis

    • Report writing and oral presentations

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Learn about the hazardous materials inspection process

    • Create tools to identify regulated entities in disadvantaged communities

    • Analyze data

    • Interview staff and regulated entities, as needed

    • Write a report summarizing findings and recommendations

    • Present written and oral report to Program staff and management

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Ability to read and comprehend laws and regulations

    • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with the public

    • Ability to prepare a written report

    • Completion of a class in statistics

    Desired Skills:

    Ability to speak a language common to Santa Clara County, other than English

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Public health, environmental health, environmental science/studies, biology, chemistry, geology, toxicology, civil/industrial engineering

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    FT or PT

    Location:

    1555 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Jennifer Kaahaaina
    [email protected]
    408-918-4795

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Immunization Program Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    Program Mission:

    The Public Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of the community. It advances its mission by preventing disease and injury, promoting healthy lifestyles, creating healthy environments, and advocating for policy and systems changes. At the foundation of its work is the elimination of the root causes of unequal health outcomes by focusing on racial and health equity. 

    The Public Health Department’s mission is accomplished through its programs and services, leadership, and collaboration with healthcare providers, schools, and its many community partners. 

    The Immunization Program is within the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department. The program is focused on preventing and controlling vaccine-preventable diseases through education and guidance to healthcare providers, schools, and community partners. The Immunization Program works in vaccine accountability and management, improving vaccine access and coverage rates, prevention, and surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases, and assess and improve compliance within childcare and school immunization entry requirements.  

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    6/1/2024 - TBD

    Internship Description/Goals:

    The intern will play an important role in providing support to Immunization Health Education Team and Hepatitis B Program Coordinator in assisting in health campaigns, social media, online content, and educational materials. This position may work with multiple stakeholders including healthcare providers, schools, and community resource groups.

    The intern will create engaging, educational, and impactful content to establish strong connections with community organizations, clinics, and healthcare providers.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • Effective communication with diverse community stakeholders

    • Cultural Competencies

    • Building relationships

    • Content development and presentation skills

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Perform research and execute methods for provider participation in educational meetings

    • Participate in staff meetings and program information requests

    • Assist in social media and online content

    • Assist with communications which may include written correspondence, eblasts, outreach materials

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Enrollment in college or graduate program with a minimum grade point average of a 3.0

    Desired Skills:

    • Skills in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external partners

    • Effective verbal and written communication, human relations, and organizational skill

    • Public Health knowledge

    • Enrolled in BS or MS program

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Associate’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Doctoral program

    Field of study:

    Public Health

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    PT

    Location:

    150 W Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Priyanka Kundu
    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Environmental Health – Lead Safe Homes

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Department of Environmental Health work to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    The Lead Safe Homes Program lives in the Department of Environmental Health, which is a branch of the Public Health Department. The mission of the Program is to protect human health and the environment, primarily through the identification and elimination of hazards posed by lead-based paint. The program will provide residents with no-cost lead-based paint inspections and abatement services in high priority areas across Santa Clara County.

    The Program will work closely with community partners to ensure equitable, effective, and efficient delivery of these critical services.  

    The Program has one opening for a Student Intern.  The internship is expected to start May 28, 2024, and end August 23, 2024. Upon approval, internship dates may be adjusted to accommodate the student’s academic calendar.

    Internship Description/Goals:

    The Public Health Department and Department of Environmental Health are seeking a qualified Student Intern to assist with planning, implementation, and evaluation duties of the Lead Safe Homes Program. The individual will be responsible for the completion of a project to develop and focus test educational materials and analyze data to support the creation of an outreach prioritization strategy. 

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • Develop or enhance understanding of the organizational structure and function of public health and environmental health.

    • Assess the public health needs of community groups.

    • Develop and test public health program materials with a focus on equity.

    • Evaluate public health data to formulate recommendations.

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Assist with program, committee, and partner meetings.

    • Conduct research to develop and focus test educational materials.

    • Conduct outreach activities.

    • Conduct data analysis to formulate recommendations on program prioritization strategies.

    • Other responsibilities assigned by DEH.

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Knowledge in core public health and environmental health concepts

    • Knowledge of basic research and statistical methods

    • Completion of a class in statistics

    • Ability to read and comprehend laws and regulations

    • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with the public

    • Proficient in Microsoft software

    • Experience formulating and conducting presentations

    • Ability to prepare a written report

    • Ability to work evenings and weekends

    Desired Skills:

    • Ability to read, write and communicate in another language

    • Experience working with diverse populations

    • Experience utilizing Canva

    • Experience coordinating meetings

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Public health, environmental health science/ studies, business administration, health science, biology, chemistry, toxicology, or other related field of study

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    FT or PT

    Location:

    1555 Berger Drive, San Jose CA, 95112

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Claudia Gaona

    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Overdose Prevention Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    Program Mission:

    Reduce morbidity and mortality associated with overdose from opioids and/or stimulants such as methamphetamine by providing a multi-pronged public health approach to providing and/or connecting people with resources, treatment, and guidance. This internship also supports core priority areas of the Public Health Department’s Strategic Plan by supporting racial and health equity, key partnerships inside and outside of County agencies, and development of data infrastructure to inform the community and our public health interventions.

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    May 2024 – August 2024

    Internship Description / Goals:

    The Public Health Department Overdose Data to Action team seeks an intern to support overdose prevention planning and evaluation. This position will support implementation of key strategies on a grant from the CDC that focuses on overdose prevention through linkage to and retention in care, harm reduction, stigma reduction, clinical best practices, and data/surveillance to inform interventions. This position will specifically support both harm reduction and evaluation strategies associated with this grant.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the role of harm reduction in overdose prevention

    • Analyze programmatic data to inform quality improvement

    • Organize information for high priority populations

    • Identify the role of public health and other partners in preventing overdose

    • Demonstrate use of non-stigmatizing language to engage people who use drugs and others with lived experience

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Develop content for an online resource hub facilitating access to substance use treatment and overdose prevention resources

    • Develop and field-test data collection tools with the harm reduction program

    • Support implementation of an evaluation plan by developing data collection tools and processes

    • Conduct mapping of naloxone availability in the County

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Ability to write and communicate clearly and succinctly

    • Experience developing survey instruments and/or engaging in primary data collection

    Desired Skills:

    • Comfort engaging directly with community, including people who use drugs or who are unhoused

    • Interest in substance use prevention, overdose prevention, harm reduction, and/or stigma reduction in a public health setting

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Public Health, Social Work

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    FT

    Location:

    150 W Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Sara Stahlberg
    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Program Low-Barrier MAT – Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    Program Mission:

    We are a low-barrier treatment program that supports people with Opioid Use Disorder and who want to quit, take a break, and/or lower overdose risk.

    Objectives and Goals:

    • Support any positive change, including reductions in injection or illicit drug use frequency, engagement in other care

    • Building capacity in harm reduction and other nontraditional spaces for routine access to opioid treatment and related services

    • Building capacity in traditional SUD treatment spaces for harm reduction services

    • Build new low-barrier harm reduction, trauma-informed, client-centered Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program at Syringe Service Program sites in Santa Clara County

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    05/01/2024 – 12/31/2024

    Internship Description / Goals:

    Projects include one or more:

    • The student will develop outreach and education materials for opioid overdose prevention, Naloxone and low-barrier MAT services for diverse communities throughout the county of Santa Clara.
    • Design and manage a multisector community driven event focusing on raising awareness on overdose prevention and memorial.
    • Revising and expanding annual customer survey and expanding data collection methods to create a more comprehensive assessment to improve program satisfaction.
    • The goal of this project is to lead community events, demonstrating effective project management skills, including planning, execution, and evaluation.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • Gained an understanding of Harm Reduction principles

    • Learned components of MAT

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Develop new connections with other service providers;

    • Review the collection and analysis of statistical health information, demographic, socio-cultural, and other data;

    • Work closely with community partners to plan and implement and education event.

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Community resources throughout the County of Santa Clara

    • Project management tools

    • Quality improvement process

    • Health Education/Public Health principles

    Desired Skills:

    • Microsoft Word Proficient

    • Microsoft Excel Proficient

    • Microsoft PowerPoint Proficient

    • Graphic design

    • Experience working with people experiencing homelessness and drug use

    • Commitment and passion to working within a harm reduction framework built on intersectional anti-oppression values

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Associate’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    • Public Health

    • Harm Reduction

    • Medication Assisted Treatment

    • SUD/OUD

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    PT

    Location:

    967 Lenzen Ave. Ste. 1800, San Jose CA, 95126

    Hybrid optional

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Gina Vittori
    [email protected]
    (510) 575-1140

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Program SHHRP – Internship

    Background:

    The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.

    Program Mission:

    The Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Program (SHHRP) within in Santa Clara County Public Health Department strives to protect and improve the health of our community through a wide range of services and activities. Getting to Zero (GTZ) is a collaborative initiative within SHHRP that strives for zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related deaths, and zero HIV-related stigma and discrimination in Santa Clara County.

    Number of openings:

    1

    Proposed start and end date:

    Flexible dates around June 1, 2024 through August 1, 2024

    Internship Description/Goals:

    The Student Intern will assist in evaluating the SHHRP and GTZ Strategic Plan which may include, but is not limited to, collecting and analyzing data, assisting in the creation of dashboards, and producing data summaries. These Strategic Plans are five-year plans that provide a comprehensive roadmap of goals, objectives, and activities for our programs. The activities outlined in the Strategic Plans collectively aim to further the mission and vision of SHHRP and GTZ in Santa Clara County.

    Student Learning Objectives:

    • Gain practical experience in program evaluation within a health department setting

    • Strengthen skills in designing and developing professional reports

    • Enhance knowledge and skills in project and data management

    • Contribute to data summarization and interpretation to inform public health programs

    • Student Responsibilities

    • Assist in assessing existing program activities and impact, identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement

    • Engage with internal stakeholders to gather input and perspectives

    • Summarize key insights to contribute to interpretation of program impact

    • Contribute to the creation of evaluation reports

    • Actively participate in team meetings

    Required Experience & Skills:

    • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal

    • Strong interpersonal skills for effective collaboration with team members

    • Ability to articulate and summarize findings

    • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills

    • Flexibility and adaptability to navigate challenges and changes in project scope

    Desired Skills:

    • Prior experience in program evaluation in public health or related field

    • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Excel

    Educational level:

    • Enrolled in Bachelor’s program, or
    • Enrolled in Master’s program

    Field of study:

    Public Health or related field

    Students who have professional or lived experience in settings involving diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc., and who have had limited exposure to opportunities in public health are strongly encouraged to apply

    Part Time or Full Time Position:

    FT or PT

    Location:

    County of Santa Clara, Public Health Department

    976 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

    Compensation:

    Paid intern

    (Paid Internships: $16.71 - $40.99/hour depending on educational level)

    For more information contact:

    Dr. Harit Agroia
    Program Manager
    Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Program
    County of Santa Clara, Public Health Department
    [email protected]

    To apply:

    1. Complete online internship application at: www.sccphd.org/phinternships

    2. Send your application, resume, and cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to [email protected] by March 8, 2024.

    Some College/Universities require a Clinical Affiliation Agreement for school credit be established between the County and College/University prior to start date. 

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

     

    Please direct all questions to the Internship Coordinator: [email protected]

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