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IDOH Summer 2021 Internship Opportunties

*Closed* Expedited Partner Therapy Analyst Intern- HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis 
*Closed*School Data Project Specialist Intern- Immunizations
*Closed*Water Microbiology Summer Intern- Laboratory Services
*Closed* Naloxone Program Intern - Trauma and Injury Prevention
*Closed* Drug Overdose Prevention Intern - Trauma and Injury Prevention
*Closed* Indiana Violent Death Reporting System (INVDRS) Intern -  Trauma and Injury Prevention
*Closed* Trauma and Injury Prevention Intern - Trauma and Injury Prevention
*Closed*Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Summer Intern -  Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

*Closed* BRFSS Data Communications Intern

*Closed* Environmental Chemistry
*Closed* Drugs of Abuse/Opioid Analysis Internship
2021 Summer Mosquito-borne Virus Surveillance Job/Internship- West Nile Virus (WNV) Field Technician (5 positions available)

Currently, IDOH offers unpaid internships. Exact start dates for each internship will vary and should be discussed with the hiring manager during the interview. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will close at the request of the hiring manager. All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing the window.


*Closed*Internship Title: School Data Project Specialist

Office/Program Area: Immunizations Division 

Job Description/Responsibilities: 

An accurate and comprehensive school vaccination coverage assessment program is critical to enable immunization program managers to set objectives, plan strategies, and direct available program resources to effectively protect individuals in child care and school settings from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Immunization Division conducts school vaccination assessments in cooperation with Indiana school corporations, Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Immunization Coalition, the Indiana Association of School Nurses, and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The ISDH Immunization Division uses school entry vaccination coverage data to monitor school compliance with Indiana Code (IC) 20-34-4-6. ISDH is required to report school vaccination coverage data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each April. The School Data Project Specialist will conduct a detailed data analysis of 2020-2021 school immunization data to produce school-level performance reports. 

  • Assess school-entry (kindergarten), 6th grade, and 12th grade vaccination coverage and exemption levels.
  • Develop 2020-2021 coverage report cards for all applicable schools for the Kindergarten Vaccination Assessment Questionnaire. 
  • Provide school-specific coverage and exemption data to schools, school corporations, state departments of education, local health departments, and other stakeholders.

 Qualifications: 

  • Working toward an degree in epidemiology, public health, health informatics, data science, physics, computer science, statistics, or other closely-related field
  • Strong multi-tasking, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented
  • Detailed knowledge of data analysis software, such as SPSS, SAS, and/or STATA
  • Demonstrated experience extracting, error-checking, and organizing data from a variety of sources for analysis and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience collecting and analyzing data
  • Demonstrated experience employing exceptional written and verbal communication skills that include clearly presenting information to stakeholders and staff of varying professional and learning levels
  • Demonstrated experience learning specialized software and computer programs
  • Demonstrated proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office products- Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated experience creating and publishing technical reports for internal and external audiences 

Essential Functions/Working Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers)
  • Ability to work in a confined area (cubicle)
  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time
  • Sedentary desk work.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to: stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work

Application Closed


*Closed*Internship Title:  Water Microbiology - Summer Intern 

 Office/Program Area: ISDH Laboratories 

Job Description/Responsibilities: 

The intern will participate in performing a range of environmental & drinking water microbiological examinations. Responsibilities will include performing analysis on a wide range of water types for the detection of total coliform, E. coli, heterotrophic bacteria and other organisms. Responsibilities will include documentation of quality control and quality assurance associated with these assays in compliance with applicable EPA and FDA regulations. 

Representative duties/responsibilities include:  

  • Conduct examination of environmental & drinking water microbiological samples;  
  • Maintain laboratory record system of submitted samples;  
  • Evaluate, interpret, and validate laboratory results and report findings;  
  • Conduct quality control checks on laboratory methods, materials, and equipment; and    
  • Maintain all required safety standards 

Qualifications: 

  • Projected dates: 5/11/21 to 8/26/21
  • Commitment is 22.5 hours per week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:15 am - 4:45 pm. 
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required. 
  • Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of microbiology and related sub-specialty
  • Knowledge of and ability to use a full range of standard technical equipment and complex scientific apparatus
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety practices and principles
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies concerning the program area (i.e. EPA regulations)
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing and maintain productive working relationships
  • Ability to satisfactorily participate in proficiency testing programs
  • Ability to compile, analyzes, evaluate, and prepare laboratory reports. 

Essential Functions/Working Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • The intern operates in a microbiology laboratory. The role routinely uses standard microbiology laboratory equipment and supplies such as a pipettes, shakers, incubators, water baths, growth media, etc.  
  • The intern will be performing tests on potentially biohazardous specimens. Consequently, safety standards are of primary importance. This position will be required to use all appropriate personal protective equipment in the designated laboratory area. 
  • The intern may work independently. Technical instruction and competency review are provided.  
  • Reports are reviewed for technical accuracy; however, tasks may be performed independently. Errors in work could adversely affect the health, safety and well-being of the incumbent, coworkers, and endanger the health of entire communities on a public water supply.  
  • The intern must be able to stand for an extended period of time to open water test kits and perform analyses.  
  • The intern must be able to safely use box cutters to open samples and supply packaging.   
  • The intern may be required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch as needed. 
  • To open sample packages and operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information 
  • The intern must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or team move up to 40 pounds. 
  • Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting with frequent interruptions and distractions. 
  • The intern may be exposed to odors or airborne particles associated with work in a laboratory setting. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Application Closed


*CLOSED*Internship Title: Trauma and Injury Prevention Intern

Office/Program Area: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Division’s mission is to develop, implement and provide oversight of a statewide comprehensive trauma care system that prevents injuries, saves lives, and improves the care and outcomes of trauma patients. While the Division was formed in 2011, foundational program work started in the early 2000’s and has grown to include the Indiana Trauma Registry, Indiana Violent Death Reporting System (INVDRS), Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) Team, and numerous other trauma and injury prevention outreach efforts. This intern will be housed with the Trauma Team.

Here is a list of possible responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly staff meetings/bi-weekly trauma team meetings
  • Attend public health conferences and district trauma meetings 
  • Assist with creating and updating trauma and injury prevention documentation
  • Assist with data cleaning, analyzing, and visualization as needed
  • Carry out small-scale research project (if preferred)

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in credit hours at a university or in an accredited program or recent graduated student to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Candidates must feel comfortable with public speaking.
  • Knowledge of public health terminology is preferred (but not required).
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands.
  • Ability to engage with members of different communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and be detail-oriented.
  • Experience using datasets, whether data cleaning or visualization, is preferred. 
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours/week is preferred.  
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 (preferred, but not required) 

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

  • This intern will work remotely but if the Intern would like, office work can be accommodated.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers)
  • Ability to work in a confined area (cubicle)
  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time
  • Sedentary desk work.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to: stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work

Application Closed


*Closed*Internship Title: Drug Overdose Prevention Intern

Office/Program Area: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention focuses on data collection, surveillance, and the promotion of evidence-based prevention strategies and promising practices; coalition building and offering technical assistance to community members working on injury prevention education and policy; and collaboration with other state agencies to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries and violence. While the Division was formed in 2011, foundational program work started in the early 2000’s and has grown to include the Indiana Trauma Registry, Indiana Violent Death Reporting System, Drug Overdose Prevention (DOP) team, and numerous other trauma and injury prevention outreach efforts. The associate will be housed in the DOP team within the division, and will work to support the DOP team members in implementing grant activities and deliverables. The associate will report directly to the DOP Program Director.

  • Assisting with grant writing and reporting, including evaluation efforts.
  • Assisting with providing oversight of grant subrecipients.
  • Carrying out drug overdose-related small scale research projects.
  • Developing material for division newsletters and communication messages.
  • Creating drug overdose-focused infographics and presentations.
  • Assisting with website and mobile application upkeep and creation of new website material. 
  • Attending drug overdose-focused virtual conferences and events.
  • Attending staff meetings, including weekly Trauma and Injury Prevention meetings, weekly DOP meetings, monthly meetings with federal grant overseers, various stakeholder meetings, and more.
  • Supporting any other division efforts as necessary.

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). A writing sample is required.
  • Knowledge of public health terminology is preferred.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and be detail-oriented. 
  • Hours are flexible, though a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours/week is preferred

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment. The job can also be completed remotely, if the applicant desires that option.
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers)
  • Ability to work in a confined area (cubicle)
  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time
  • Sedentary desk work.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to: stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work

Application Closed


*Closed*Internship Title: Naloxone Program Intern

Office/Program Area: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Division’s mission is to develop, implement and provide oversight of a statewide comprehensive trauma care system that prevents injuries, saves lives, and improves the care and outcomes of trauma patients. While the Division was formed in 2011, foundational program work started in the early 2000’s and has grown to include the Indiana Trauma Registry, Indiana Violent Death Reporting System (INVDRS), Drug Overdose Prevention (DOP) Team, and numerous other trauma and injury prevention outreach efforts. This associate will be housed in the DOP Team within the division.

  • Attending weekly Trauma and Injury Prevention staff meetings
  • Attending weekly Drug Overdose Prevention (DOP) staff meetings
  • Helping to facilitate naloxone administration trainings throughout the state
  • Assisting with outreach events, such as our DOP booth
  • Packaging of naloxone kits for shipment
  • Inputting naloxone data reports
  • Creating quarterly naloxone data summary reports
  • Creating opioid epidemic related infographics and presentations
  • Assist with grant writing
  • Any other day-to-day DOP tasks

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled at a university or in an accredited program to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Priority will be given to students earning college credit, upperclassmen and graduate students
  • Candidates must possess the ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands.
  • Candidates must possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and be detail-oriented.
  • Candidates should feel comfortable with public speaking (giving presentations).
  • Candidates should possess the ability to engage with members of different communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and in the use of scientific search engines such as PubMed and Scopus.
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours/week is preferred.
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 (preferred, but not required)
  • Knowledge of public health terminology is preferred

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

  • This Intern will work remotely but depending on the conditions may also work in an office setting.
  • Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers)
  • Ability to work in a confined area (cubicle)
  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time
  • While in the field for conferences/trainings:
  • Ability to work outside of normal office conditions
  • Must be able to communicate information including facts, ideas or messages in a succinct and organized manner
  • Statewide travel (always with another team member)

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sedentary desk work with the possibility of light lifting up to 10 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to: stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work

Application Closed


*Closed*Internship Title: Undergraduate – Expedited Partner Therapy Analyst

Office/Program area/Division: STD Prevention Program, HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis

Skills used in this internship:

  • Survey Creation and Dissemination
  • Data Collection and Synthetization
  • Collaboration with Program Partners
  • Qualitative Data Review
  • Developing Program Activities

Project Description and Responsibilities:

The intern will assist the STD Prevention Program Specialists on a federal grant objective. The intern will be working to help the STD Prevention Program identify Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) practices of sites who participate in the Chlamydia/Gonorrhea Screening Program.

  • Develop and disseminate a research survey regarding EPT implementation at the site.
  • Collect survey data and synthesize the data.
  • Work with Healthcare Education and Training (HCET), a partner of the STD Prevention Program, to obtain in-depth feedback regarding EPT implementation from selected sites. The intern will select sites based on survey data.  
  • Present and discuss the findings to STD Prevention Program Leadership.
  • Collaborate on and develop program activities with the STD Prevention Program Specialists to put the data collected into action for the next grant cycle.
  • The intern may also be required to do background research on Expedited Partner Therapy, data collection and analyzation, and survey creation and dissemination. 

Job Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student in a public health, sexually transmitted disease/HIV/hepatitis, community health, epidemiology, or related program at a college or university
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision
  • Preferred experience with qualitative research activities
  • Preferred experience with data collection and analyzation
  • Preferred experience with Microsoft products: TEAMS, Word, Excel

Working Conditions for STD Prevention Program Internships:

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Intern for the STD Prevention Program in Summer 2021 will be working remotely and will be required to keep a log of hours worked and activities completed, to be turned into the Internship Preceptor on a weekly basis.
  • Intern’s schedule is flexible to intern’s needs: intern will complete work Monday – Friday and may have opportunity to complete weekend (Saturday and Sunday) hours.
  • Interns working remotely will be required to have access to a secure internet connection.
  • Interns working remotely will be required to use Email and Microsoft Teams to conducts communications and to attend meetings.
  • Intern is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and keyboard.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Intern may be required to appear in-office at 2 N Meridian St, at direction of preceptor for some portions of the project or for staff/community partner meetings. Additionally, intern will have to present to 2 N Meridian St for their equipment.
  • If presenting to the office, intern will be required to wear a mask and social distance while on 2 N Meridian property.

Public Health Core Competencies:

The intern may be exposed to Public Health Core Competencies in the following sub-topics during the STD Prevention Program internship: Analytical/Assessment, Community Dimensions of Practice, Public Health Services, Policy Development/Program Planning Skills, and Communications.

Application Closed


*Closed* Internship Title: Indiana Violent Death Reporting System (INVDRS) Intern

Office/Program Area: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Division’s mission is to develop, implement and provide oversight of a statewide comprehensive trauma care system that prevents injuries, saves lives, and improves the care and outcomes of trauma patients. While the Division was formed in 2011, foundational program work started in the early 2000’s and has grown to include the Indiana Trauma Registry, Indiana Violent Death Reporting System (INVDRS), Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) Team, and numerous other trauma and injury prevention outreach efforts. This intern will be housed in INVDRS within the division.  Below is a list of possible responsibilities:

  • Attending staff meetings, including weekly Trauma and Injury Prevention meetings, monthly meetings with federal grant overseers, various stakeholder meetings, and more.
  • Assisting with outreach events, including traveling statewide with our suicide/homicide prevention materials.
  • Creating infographics and presentations.
  • Developing material for division newsletters and communication messages such as the bi-weekly updates to stakeholders.
  • Assisting with website and mobile application upkeep and creation of new website material. 
  • Assisting the INVDRS Epidemiologist with maintenance of the Indiana Coroner Case Management System.
  • Assisting with grant writing.  
  • Supporting any other division efforts as necessary.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled at a university or in an accredited program to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Candidates must possess the ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands.
  • Candidates must possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and be detail-oriented.
  • Candidates should feel comfortable with public speaking (giving presentations).
  • Candidates should possess the ability to engage with members of different communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and in the use of scientific search engines such as PubMed and Scopus.
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours/week is preferred.  
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 (preferred, but not required) 
  • Knowledge of public health terminology is preferred.

Working Environment:

  • This Intern will work remotely but depending on the conditions may also work in an office setting.
  • Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers)
  • Ability to work in a confined area (cubicle)
  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Sedentary desk work with the possibility of light lifting up to 10 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to: stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work

Application Closed


*Closed*Internship Title: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Summer Intern

Office/Program Area: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

Job Description: 

The intern will work alongside the Tobacco Epidemiologist and will primarily focus on creating and maintaining county-level data visualization tools. Additional projects may include working with Indiana Tobacco Quitline data and updating or maintaining communication related items for the Vape Free Indiana initiative. Intern may also be assigned other projects and tasks, as time allows.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with Tobacco Prevention and Cessation mission and vision, history, structure and goals.
  • Become familiar with Vape-Free Indiana elements and develop ability to communicate details of initiative to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Become familiar with current state and county-level data metrics related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke, and how they are shared.
  • Provide assistance to the Epidemiologist in the tracking and evaluation of Vape-Free Indiana programs and initiatives, including school programming, mass media campaigns, and cessation resources
  • Develop and maintain county specific data visualization tools with guidance from Tobacco Prevention and Cessation staff.
  • Become familiar with Indiana Tobacco Quitline (ITQL) data and reports.
  • Data entry for ITQL data and exploratory analyses related to cessation services utilized in Indiana.
  • Ability to work independently.

Necessary Skills and/or Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of public health principles and practices
  • Experience in the use of statistical software for data analysis
  • Considerable knowledge and competence in using software applications including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher preferred.
  • Ability to communicate with health care and public health professionals, agency staff, and other stakeholders both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff and representatives of State, Local, Federal and private partner agencies
  • Ability to prepare written project summaries and other communications materials
  • Ability to work independently

Working Environment:

  • This Intern will work remotely.
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required
  • Ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sedentary desk work with the possibility of light lifting up to 10 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to: stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work

Application Closed


*CLOSED*Internship Title: BRFSS Data Communications Intern

Office/Program Area: Office of Data & Analytics - Data Analysis Team

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The intern functions as part of the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) Office of Data & Analytics Data Analysis Team, which provides training and analysis of public health data to the agency and public. The intern will analyze and report on risk behaviors and health outcomes of Indiana residents using BRFSS data while learning about various public health data sources and the role of data analysis in agency efforts.

The intern will complete all tasks necessary to research, analyze data, and write three summary reports using the Indiana BRFSS data. If approved by the Indiana BRFSS Coordinator and the DAT Director, the finished report will be shared with internal and external BRFSS Data Users via the BRFSS Newsletter

Based on professional interest and availability, the intern may also have opportunities to contribute to other data cleaning and analysis projects using SAS, R, or other data analysis software.

Specific duties include:

  • Analyze Indiana BRFSS data using SAS or R, with support from the Indiana BRFSS Coordinator and Data Analyst/Trainer, to address research question(s)
  • Write and edit summary reports to communicate research findings with BRFSS data users
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Be in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Some experience working with SAS, R, or other data analysis software preferred

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

Fully remote with a partially remote option if our group has returned to the office and the intern feels comfortable with it.

Application Closed


*Closed*Internship Title: Environmental Chemistry Intern

Office/Program Area: Chemistry Labs

Job Description/Responsibilities:

This position will work in the Chemistry laboratory on various projects in environmental chemistry. The intern will take on projects relating to organic or inorganic contaminants in the environment such as pesticides, arsenic, lead, and other metals, cyanide, fluoride, phosphates, chloride, and suspended solids. Intern will be exposed to a wide variety of EPA methods by assisting in sample preparation and extraction. The ISDH Laboratory serves the ISDH Environmental Health section, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Natural Resources through routine and special monitoring of ground, surface and drinking water throughout the state. One position will be assigned to the inorganics/metals lab and one position will be assigned to the organics lab. The position provides an overview of all areas of chemistry including sample receiving, sample preparation, sample analysis, data review, and data interpretation. An informatics project for laboratory systems integration also is possible for interns with both chemistry and computer skills. Below is a summary of responsibilities:

  • Helping to prepare samples for various analyses
  • Helping in laboratory operations
  • Providing assistance in data collection, analysis and review

Qualifications:

  • Some college chemistry laboratory experience including at least one year of organic chemistry
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands
  • Ability to communicate effectively

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • The intern operates in a laboratory. The role routinely uses standard laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • The intern will be performing tests on potentially biohazardous specimens. Consequently, safety standards are of primary importance. This position will be required to use all appropriate personal protective equipment in the designated laboratory area. 
  • The intern may work independently. Technical instruction and competency review are provided.  
  • Reports are reviewed for technical accuracy; however, tasks may be performed independently. Errors in work could adversely affect the health, safety and well-being of the incumbent, coworkers, and endanger the health of entire communities on a public water supply.  
  • The intern must be able to stand for an extended period of time to open water test kits and perform analyses.  
  • The intern must be able to safely use box cutters to open samples and supply packaging.   
  • The intern may be required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch as needed. 
  • To open sample packages and operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information 
  • The intern must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or team move up to 40 pounds. 
  • Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting with frequent interruptions and distractions. 
  • The intern may be exposed to odors or airborne particles associated with work in a laboratory setting. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Application is closed.


*Closed*Internship Title: Drugs of Abuse/Opioid Analysis Internship

Office/Program Area: Chemistry Labs

Job Description/Responsibilities:

This position will work in the Chemistry laboratory on various projects in drug and forensic testing chemistry. The intern will assist in the preparation of clinical specimens such as blood and urine. The intern will assist in preparation of shipping materials and the transport of specimens from emergency departments to the state lab for testing. The position may be working with nurses, physicians, medical examiners or coroners on specimen collection and putting information into the laboratory information management systems. Below is a summary of responsibilities:

  • Helping to prepare specimens for various drug or forensic analyses
  • Working with clinical specimens such as blood, serum, urine, or oral fluids
  • Helping in laboratory operations
  • Providing assistance in data collection, analysis and review
  • Loading samples into sophisticated mass spectrometry instrumentation
  • Assist in the measurement of specific gravity, creatinine and illicit pharmaceuticals

Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with clinical specimens such as blood, serum, urine, oral fluids

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teammate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • The intern operates in a laboratory. The role routinely uses standard laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • The intern will be performing tests on potentially biohazardous specimens. Consequently, safety standards are of primary importance. This position will be required to use all appropriate personal protective equipment in the designated laboratory area. 
  • The intern may work independently. Technical instruction and competency review are provided.  
  • Reports are reviewed for technical accuracy; however, tasks may be performed independently. Errors in work could adversely affect the health, safety and well-being of the incumbent, coworkers, and endanger the health of entire communities on a public water supply.  
  • The intern must be able to stand for an extended period of time to open water test kits and perform analyses.  
  • The intern must be able to safely use box cutters to open samples and supply packaging.   
  • The intern may be required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch as needed. 
  • To open sample packages and operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information 
  • The intern must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or team move up to 40 pounds. 
  • Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting with frequent interruptions and distractions. 
  • The intern may be exposed to odors or airborne particles associated with work in a laboratory setting. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
  • May include interaction with Emergency Department personnel and transport of specimens

Application is closed.

 



Internship Title: 2021 Summer Mosquito-borne Virus Surveillance Job/Internship - West Nile Virus (WNV) Field Technician (5 positions available)

Office/Program Area: Epidemiology Resource Center

Students enrolled in any Indiana college or university and who will be residing in Indiana from May through August 2021 are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to students who will be living in areas of Indiana where additional surveillance is most needed, especially northwest and southeast Indiana.

Job Duties:

The students will assist with the mosquito-borne virus surveillance program of the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). Intern duties will include trapping mosquitoes for virus identification using gravid traps designed for disease vector collection. The locations for these collections will be determined in consultation with the IDOH Entomology Director and regional Vector-borne Entomologists. Successful applicants may also be trained on tick collection techniques and contribute to IDOH tick surveillance efforts on a limited basis. Each intern will receive training in mosquito identification and other tasks needed for their work during a training session at the IDOH Entomology Laboratory in Indianapolis.

These positions will be available mid- to late-May through August 1, 2021. If an applicant is a Ball state University student, he or she may enroll for internship credit. Each intern must agree to work for at least a 10-week period of the project between May 20, 2021 to August 1, 2021. Each intern must have a valid Driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be willing to drive the vehicle on state business. Travel expenses will be reimbursed at $0.39 per mile. The hourly wage is $12 per hour at a maximum of 29 hours per week.

Interested students should submit: 1) a cover letter that includes a statement of interest, a description of any previous background and experience in entomology, disease ecology, or epidemiology, and the Indiana county of summer residence; and 2) one letter of reference from a faculty member to:

Dr. Randy Bernot

Department of Biology

Ball State University

Muncie, IN, 47304-0440

rjbernot@bsu.edu

765-285-8844

Electronic applications (as email attachments) are encouraged. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews will begin in March 2021.


 

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IDOH accepts internship applications during 3 windows. Students can find the available internships and application information on this webpage during the following 3 windows of time. Due to the varied nature of the program areas hosting interns and the internship opportunities themselves, there are no set due dates for each application. IDOH closes applications upon the request of the hiring manager. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to be considered.

Fall Internships - (Students at IDOH approximately August-December) :
Interns may apply – Late summer

Spring Internships – (Students at IDOH approximately January-May):
Interns may apply – Late Fall

Summer Internships – (Students at IDOH approximately June-August)
Interns may apply - Late February - Early March