APHC Corps Member (paid internship)
Position Title: Academic Public Health Corps (APHC) Member
Reports to: Operations Assistant
Hours: 160 hours total over the course of one semester (10–15 hours per week)
Location: 95% remote, with a few in-person events (Applicants must be living in Massachusetts at the time of the internship)
Compensation: $15 per hour (up to $2,400 per semester)
Timeframe: Summer 2023 Semester (May–August 2023)
The mission of the APHC is to support public health agencies and to advance health equity in Massachusetts by engaging with public health students, alumni, and expert participants through interdisciplinary collaboration. We achieve this mission through creating partnerships between academic institutions and local public health entities across Massachusetts, and through offering a ‘pipeline’ connecting public health students with local public health agencies while giving them hands-on experience and professional development opportunities. Through this work, we hope to increase the number of qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds entering the local public health workforce and permanently strengthen the public health system within Massachusetts.
Local public health departments in Massachusetts are often understaffed and often not representative of the communities in which they are based, minimizing their impact, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. APHC Corps members work on projects that are requested by communities across Massachusetts to meet the emergent local public health needs identified by local public health departments. Project-specific responsibilities are based on your interest and the needs of our clients, who are local public health departments across the state. Past projects have included data analysis and visualization, health equity support, community outreach, health communications and promotion, graphic design and social media management, vaccine clinic support, background research and planning, and more.
Under the supervision of the Operations Assistant, Corps members will:
- Complete public health projects requested by local public health agencies
- Communicate with Operations Assistant or project contact about specific tasks, responsibilities, and deadlines
- Track project progress in our project management software, ClickUp
- Complete public health projects to specifications in a timely and professional manner
- Participate in individual and team accountability measures
- Attend all meetings as requested, including weekly 1-hour team meetings during business hours
- Keep in regular contact with your project leader and teammates about your work progress
- Access professional development opportunities
- Identify 2-3 professional development/experiential learning goals as related to your work in local public health
- Attend at least 10 hours of trainings and/or events to support those goals
- Enrollment in an institution of higher education in Massachusetts (2-year, 4-year, or graduate level)
- Residing in Massachusetts at time of program participation
- Able to commit 10–15 hours per week to APHC-related work
- Some availability during office hours (9am–5pm, Monday–Friday) for meetings, trainings, and events
Ideal Candidate Qualifications:
- Excited to support local public health in Massachusetts
- Lived experience informing your interest in pursuing a career in public health
- Knowledgeable in public health and a specific topic area, like communication, data analysis, or program planning
- A commitment to advancing health equity and social justice
- Responsive, detail-oriented, and comfortable with a rapid pace
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Highly independent and proactive worker
- A fast and flexible learner
Questions? See our FAQ at https://academicpublichealthcorps.org/overview-student-faq.
To apply for the Summer 2023 cohort, please fill out our online application at https://bit.ly/aphc8. You can view a PDF of the application here if you want to review the questions before applying. The application period will open on January 16th and close on February 12th, 2023.
Note: The APHC is committed to increasing opportunities for professional development for individuals whose identities and experiences are underrepresented in the field of public health. To that end, anyone who is interested in this role should apply--even if you do not perfectly match the qualifications listed above. We strongly encourage applications and inquiries from women, LGBTQIA+ identified persons, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, people with disabilities, and others from historically underrepresented communities.