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Indiana State Department of Health

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PHPM Home > Internship Program > ISDH Available Internship Opportunities ISDH Available Internship Opportunities

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.

 

Division of Clinical Microbiology-Indiana State Department of Health Laboratories

Timeline: Summer 2017; 1-2 interns for the session

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates will be graduate or undergraduate students pursing a degree in biology or a related field. We are looking for candidates who have an interest in clinical microbiology, particularly the area of antibiotic resistance. We are looking for candidates that have a basic understanding of microbiology and molecular biology.

Job Description: The intern will be located within the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Laboratories, and work alongside Microbiologists to work on statewide surveillance of carbapenem antibiotic resistance within the Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  The intern would have the opportunity to participate in the following routine activities:

  • Identification of microbial isolates.
  • Identification of antibiotic resistance mechanisms.
  • Review and report results for clinical isolates.
  • Review and summary of the scientific literature.
  • Data analysis and reporting as needed.

In addition to day to day activities, the intern would aid in the development of a proficiency testing network with local health departments, hospitals, and sentinel laboratories in order to better access the strength of the surveillance system within the state.

Interested applicants please send an updated resume, application, questionnaire and a brief e-mail explaining the reason of interest in this internship to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at OPHPM@ISDH.in.gov .  Supervision will be under Cassandra Campion in ISDH Laboratories. 

 

Division of Genomics and Newborn Screening

Time Line: Spring 2017; Summer 2017; 1 intern for each session

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates will be graduate level students pursuing a degree in public health or a related field.  We are looking for candidates that have a passion for Maternal and Child Health and disease surveillance/epidemiology. Additionally, we would prefer a candidate who is familiar with HIPAA, Microsoft Office Skills, experience working with hospital staff, building relationships with community members, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a high level of cultural competency.

Job Description: This position will provide support to the following areas: Newborn Screening Follow-up Coordinator, INSTEP Administrator, and Indiana Birth Defects and Problems Registry (IBDPR) Manager. The primary purpose for each of the roles consist of the following:

  • Newborn Screening Follow-up Coordinator- Ensure that children receive a heelstick, and pulse oximetry screening, follow-up with invalid specimens, as well as ensuring approximately 100 birthing facilities report a monthly summary report (MSR). Additionally, he/she would assist with cross-referencing the MSR with children already in the list.
  • INSTEP Administrator- Assist and maintain the INSTEP web-based application, including access support for providers. Incumbent will provide technical assistance and consultation to NBS grantees, as well as birthing facilities.
  • IBDPR Manager- Serve as the project lead for the Indiana State Department of Health for surveillance, intervention, and referral to services for infants with microcephaly or other adverse outcomes linked to the Zika virus.

Additionally, this position will be responsible for a project within his/her term. The intern may select a project from topics such as fostering relationships and enhancing participation with reporting facilities, epidemiological surveillance of birth defects, project proposal and implementation for disease intervention, or other topics relating to Maternal and Child Health. 

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 Megan Griffie, Director of Genomics and Newborn Screening. 

 

Information Security Internship

Timeline: Spring, Summer 2017; 1-2 interns for each session

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant work toward graduate degree in computer science or related field; recent graduates with Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science ore related field will be considered
  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal requirements, specifically HIPAA, PCI, and Sox
  • Familiarity with common Web Application Security risks (e.g. Cross Site Scripting, SQL Injection, Authentication and Session Management)
  • Microsoft Office skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project, and Outlook)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with IT and business units
  • Ability to administer information security programs including risk assessments, audits and forensic research, developing policies, gathering metrics, and reporting status
  • Technical security resources as it pertains to reviewing and recommending vulnerabilities assessments
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision (i.e. self-motivated and willing to stretch to meet important deadlines)
  • Ability to work successfully in a cross-functional team environment
  • Ability To multi-task, prioritize and be detail-oriented
  • Strong team player in a dynamic environment

Responsibilities:

  • Perform security audits, risk analysis, and manage corrective action implementation and tracking of corrective actions or remediation strategy
  • Assist in developing security awareness materials, security presentations, and information security training sessions
  • Monitor and track security incidents to remediation
  • Perform security reviews on projects and applications

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. 

 

Epidemiology Resource Center/IT

Availability: 2

Time Line: Spring 2017

Student Skill Requirements:

  • Proficient with one or more of the following: ASP.Net, VB.Net., C# or other widely used applications development tool
  • Have knowledge of database concepts and some experience in Oracle DB
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain effective and professional working relationships with internal and external customers, and vendors

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:

  • Mapping out form fields to data fields
  • Writing queries and/or creating views to extract data
  • Any other data related tasks
  • Provide assistance in system testing for upgrades to the application
  • Report progress to a supervisor on the team

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. 

 

Vaccine-Preventable Disease - Epidemiologist Internship Opportunity

GPA Preferred: 3.0

Time Line: Summer 2017 (accepting applications January of 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:

  • Conducting daily VPD surveillance using the Indiana National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (INEDSS).
  • Contributing to social media messaging related to infectious disease epidemiology
  • Reviewing and closing out investigations for reportable vaccine-preventable diseases using INDESS
  • Using SAS to identify trends in disease prevalence and underlying factors and to develop tools for more efficient data analysis
  • Completing outbreak reports and other outbreak reports and other outbreak-related materials if needed
  • Contributing to website content and development for the vaccine-preventable disease sections of ISDH ERC website

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:

  • Develop SAS code to efficiently produce reports for required Immunization grant data
  • Assess completeness of electronic surveillance data for vaccine-preventable diseases, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop a program plan to execute proposed changes
  • Identify gaps in case reporting between INEDSS and the emergency department syndromic surveillance system (PHESS) for vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Evaluate provider and local health department use of various platforms to consume and inform VPN surveillance and outbreak investigation and determine opportunities for improved collaboration and communication

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.

 

Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention

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.

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