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ISDH Available Internship Opportunities

 

Spring 2020 Internships are available now!

Paid Internships Unpaid Internships
*Closed* Drug Overdose Prevention Intern  Asthma Program Internship 
*Closed*Intern - Refugee Health Program  COPD Resource Internship 
*Closed*Naloxone Program Intern  Trauma and Injury Prevention Intern 
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, Research and Evaluation  Indiana Violent Death Reporting System 
*Closed* Public Health Investigator, Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease  Undergraduate – STD Intern 
  Resistant Gonorrhea Analysis – MPH Student 
  Forensic Opioid Lab 
  Opioid Laboratory Surveillance 
  Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 
  Lead and Radon Data Analysis
  GIS Surveillance Analysis 
  Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) Intern

 

ISDH Offers paid and unpaid internships. All paid internships are contingent on appropriate state and federal authorizations. Candidates should discuss these details with the hiring manager during their interview.


 

Internship Title: Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) Intern(UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

Office/Program Area: Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control -Cancer Early Detection Section

Job Description/Responsibilities:

Collect qualitative data over the phone with Indiana healthcare providers on the utility of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP).

 

  • Participate in survey training protocol.
  • Document efforts to contact BCCP providers for survey participation
  • Conduct telephonic provider interviews
  • Transcribe interviews per protocol
  • Code and compile surveys per protocol
  • Support report writing efforts after survey completion

Skills and Qualifications:

This is an unpaid internship opportunity.  Work may be done on site at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).  Intensive efforts will occur mid January through early March (expected total hours of 15 hours per week during this period.  Expected hours March through May will be more limited around 2 to 5 hours per week.  Position is ideally suited for a graduate level or upperclassman student studying public health or a related field. This position requires excellent documentation of efforts to reach BCCP providers, careful transcription of provider response and ongoing communication with BCCP staff and BCCP evaluators.

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 is performed in a standard office environment.  After training, intern may work off site to complete interview and transcription assignments as negotitated with intern supervisor

  • Project work will take place indoors in a routine office environment.        
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 15 hours/week is preferable JAn- March with less required in March-May.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
  • Light to moderate lifting is required
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

 

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/0aSKmm

 


Internship Title: Lead and Radon Data Analysis (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

Office/Program Area: Lead and Healthy Homes

Job Description/Responsibilities:

During this internship, the intern will work alongside the Lead and Healthy Homes Program Manager, Risk Assessment Team, and other division staff, to complete three main projects, each exercising a different skill set necessary for versatile public health professionals.

  • The first will be a data analysis / GIS project with the Indiana State 2018 radon data set. The intent of this project is to identify geographical trends in testing, reported results, and the usage of different radon measurement and mitigation devices across Indiana.
  • The second project will involve the design and creation of a pamphlet summarizing grant money available to families for lead abatement activities based on city/county location. The intent is for the risk assessment team to be able to pass these pamphlets out to families that have had lead hazards identified in their home, to attempt to aid in the monetary burden of expensive home renovations needed to completely remove the lead hazards.
  • The third project will be a research and grant writing project to find and apply for funding that may be used to remediate and abate lead hazards. If time allows, additional projects may be completed including aiding the Health Educator with the creation of public health infographics and presentations, aiding the Case Management Team follow up with providers on children that are overdue for retesting, aiding the Case Management Team process and import Held Records in Stellar, and more.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in credit hours at a university or in an accredited program to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Undergraduate student applications will be considered, however preferred candidates will be graduate students in good academic standing that have completed significant work towards a MPH, MHA, or M.S. degree. Preferred candidates should also have an interest and demonstrated expertise in public health, environmental health, environmental science, and public health education. 
  • Knowledge of public health performance measures and public health terminology is required.
  • Experience using at least one type of statistical software (including but not limited to SPSS, SAS, R, or Stata) is preferred.
  • Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Experience working in public health agencies, local health departments, healthcare settings, environmental companies, or abatement companies preferred.
  • Basic graphic design skills for use in the creation of public health infographics, pamphlets, training materials, and educational materials 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. 

  • Project work will take place indoors in a routine office environment.              
  • Shadowing opportunities of field staff may be available upon request for which work environment characteristics vary widely based on the staff member being shadowed and their day to day duties.
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 15 hours/week is preferable.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
  • Light to moderate lifting is required
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

 

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/1Hn9Ke0

 


 

Internship Title: GIS Surveillance Analysis (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

Office/Program Area: Lead and Healthy Homes

Job Description/Responsibilities:

During this internship, the intern will work alongside the Lead Data Analyst and other division staff, primarily focusing on analyzing the Lead surveillance system, identifying trends in emerging lead risks at a neighborhood level and any other duties assigned. The intent of the internship is to help identify areas where lead risks and historical lead exposure overlap, allowing ISDH and local health departments to target resources to areas of their community most at-risk. The selected candidate will be asked to do research into how other states have used and mapped this kind of analysis most effectively. Interns who have experience working with large datasets and ArcGIS will be able to use those skills extensively.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in credit hours at a university or in an accredited program to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Preferred candidates will be a graduate students in good academic standing that have completed significant work towards MPH or MHA degree with an interest and demonstrated expertise in public health matters and public health education.
  • Knowledge of public health performance measures and public health terminology is required.
  • Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency with large databases, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Public health environmental education and training needs for a State Health Department and Local Health Department
  • Public health research for specific environmental issues throughout Indiana and other states.
  • Experience working in public health agencies that works with local health departments, healthcare providers, and abatement companies

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

  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 15 hours/week is preferable
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work        
  • Light to moderate lifting is required                
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required               
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/1DvrDP

 


 

Internship Title: Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

Office/Program Area: Environmental Public Health - Public Health Protection and Laboratory Services - Laboratories/Chemistry

Job Description/Responsibilities:

Job Description: 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.

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

Skills and 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

Working Environment:

  • This job operates in a centralized lab. This role routinely uses standard chemistry lab equipment as well as expensive instrumentation and computers.
  • Work is performed primarily in a lab setting with frequent interruptions and distractions.
  • The intern must use follow safety guidelines and wear personal protective equipment such as gloves and lab coat when needed.

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/1qOyaS

 


 

Internship Title: Opioid Laboratory Surveillance (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

Office/Program Area: Environmental Public Health

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 management of clinical specimens from Emergency Departments. The intern will assist in preparation of shipping materials for the transport of specimens from emergency departments to the state lab for testing. The position will work with nurses, physicians, medical examiners or coroners on specimen collection and putting information into the laboratory information management systems. The position also will contact hospital emergency departments to encourage participation in Opioid Surveillance.

Below is a summary of responsibilities:

  • Encouraging hospitals to send non-fatal overdose specimens such as blood, serum, urine, or oral fluids to the State laboratory for opioid surveillance through extensive outreach
  • Helping in laboratory operations for sample management
  • Providing assistance in data collection, analysis and review

Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of College Chemistry laboratory experience
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands
  • Ability to communicate effectively. Attention to detail

Working Environment:

  • This job operates in a centralized lab. This role routinely uses standard chemistry lab equipment as well as expensive instrumentation and computers.
  • Work is performed primarily in a lab setting with frequent interruptions and distractions.
  • The intern must use follow safety guidelines and wear personal protective equipment such as gloves and lab coat when needed.

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/0W1fOT

 


 

Internship Title: Forensic Opioid Lab (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

Office/Program Area: Emergency Preparedness

Job Description/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

Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of College Chemistry laboratory experience including organic and analytical chemistry
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands
  • Ability to communicate effectively. Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with clinical specimens such as blood, serum, urine, oral fluids

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

  • This job operates in a centralized lab. This role routinely uses standard chemistry lab equipment as well as expensive instrumentation and computers.
  • Work is performed primarily in a lab setting with frequent interruptions and distractions.
  • The intern must use follow safety guidelines and wear personal protective equipment such as gloves and lab coat when needed.

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/14meiO

 


 

Internship Title: Asthma Program Internship (UNPAID)

Office/Program Area: Chronic Respiratory Disease Section- Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care, and Rural Health

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section works to reduce the burden of asthma in Indiana. We are looking for an intern to assist the Asthma Program Coordinator update and expand a community resource guide and develop a best-practice guide for Indiana. As a part of the updating and editing of the guides, the intern will research other state and national agencies and organizations and make recommendations for changes that will reflect current best practices in health education, health literacy and information technology, as well as be required to contact many different agencies and businesses in order to create a comprehensive resource guide that will identify local resources to help patients manage their asthma. The guide will include information on asthma management programs, home visiting services, community health workers, and prescription medication assistance. The guide will need to be written in clear language that is easily understood. As time allows, the intern will also take on other projects and tasks.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in credit hours at a university or in an accredited program to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Be in an undergraduate or graduate public health or related program at a college or university.
  • Demonstrated interest in chronic disease health issues.
  • Knowledge of public health and public health terminology is required.
  • Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, strong critical and analytical thinking skills, and familiarity communicating to diverse groups of people.

Essential functions

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.

  • Majority of time is spent in a climate controlled office setting at the Indiana State Department of Health.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
  • In-state travel by car may occasionally be necessary, but transportation will be provided.
  • A commitment of approximately 20 hours/week during routine business hours is required; however, exact hours are flexible.
  • Extended periods of travel time via car (up to three hours one way in-state travel) may be required.
  • Occasional lifting (up to 30 pounds) is possible

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/q4iL

 


 

Internship Title: COPD Resource Internship (UNPAID)

Office/Program Area: Chronic Respiratory Disease Section- Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care, and Rural Health

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section works to reduce the burden of lung disease in Indiana. We are looking for an intern to assist the Asthma Program Coordinator develop a community resource guide and best-practice guide for Indiana to address Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). As a part of the creation of the guides, the intern will research other state and national agencies and organizations and make recommendations for changes that will reflect current best practices in health education, health literacy and information technology, as well as be required to contact many different agencies and businesses in order to create a comprehensive resource guide that will identify local resources to help patients manage their COPD. The guide will include information on COPD management programs, home visiting services, community health workers, and prescription medication assistance. The guide will need to be written in clear language that is easily understood. As time allows, the intern will also take on other projects and tasks.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in credit hours at a university or in an accredited program to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Be in an undergraduate or graduate public health or related program at a college or university.
  • Demonstrated interest in chronic disease health issues.
  • Knowledge of public health and public health terminology is required.
  • Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, strong critical and analytical thinking skills, and familiarity communicating to diverse groups of people.

Essential functions

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.

  • Majority of time is spent in a climate controlled office setting at the Indiana State Department of Health.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
  • In-state travel by car may occasionally be necessary, but transportation will be provided.
  • A commitment of approximately 20 hours/week during routine business hours is required; however, exact hours are flexible.
  • Extended periods of travel time via car (up to three hours one way in-state travel) may be required.
  • Occasional lifting (up to 30 pounds) is possible

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/1WuOuO0

 


 

Internship Title: Trauma and Injury Prevention Intern (Unpaid)

Office/Program Area: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job description/responsibility:

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 conferences and district meetings 
  • Assist with creating and updating trauma and injury prevention documentation
  • Assist with data cleaning and reporting as needed
  • Carry out small-scale research project (if preferred)
  • Create contents for Trauma Twitter account
  • Supporting any other division efforts as necessary

Skills and 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.
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours/week is preferred.  
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 (preferred, but not required) 

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
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern 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
  • Light to moderate lifting 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

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/H1Df5

 


 

Internship Title: Indiana Violent Death Reporting System (INVDRS)  (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

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:

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
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern 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
  • Light to moderate lifting 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

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/14m99X0

 


 

Internship Title: Undergraduate – STD Intern (Unpaid)

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

Project Descriptions –

For this internship the applicant will work directly with the STD Prevention Program Specialist on the following projects:

  • Create/Develop Spanish materials that explain Partner Services:
  • Research Spanish materials already being used for Partner Services by other states
  • Identify barriers within materials found (confusing verbiage, missing information, missing references)
  • Based on barriers identified, update/create Spanish documents or other supporting document to be published on Indiana’s STD Outreach Supplies website.
  • Assist with updating and converting ISDH STD fact sheets, and other STD resources to Spanish

Qualifications for HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Internships:

  • Undergraduate student with interest in STDs, Public Health, Community Health, preferred bilingual

Working Conditions for HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Internships

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
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern 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
  • 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

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/0n1KT1

 


 

Internship Title: Resistant Gonorrhea Analysis – MPH Student (unpaid)

Office/Program Area/Division: STD Program: HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis

Project Description:

For this internship, the applicant will assist the ISDH staff of the Strengthening the U.S. Response to Resistant Gonorrhea (SURRG) project in cleaning, analyzing, and presenting 2017-2019 data for future programmatic planning and analysis. Objectives of the internship include:

  1. Analyze demographics of SURRG patients and identify common risk factors, geographic locations, and other trends for further analysis
  2. Assess the programmatic value of SURRG in comparison to other surveillance projects (GISP, SSuN, etc.)
    1. What increase in local morbidity receiving antimicrobial susceptibly testing can be attributed to the project?
    2. How many isolates with reduced susceptibility would have been missed without the expanded surveillance?
    3. Review and visualize partner services outcomes related to sexual and social networks
  3. Complete write-up of observations and present to ISDH staff with recommendations of population in need of future intervention and aims

Qualifications for HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Internships:

  • Graduate students or recently graduated students with an MPH interested in STDs, infectious disease, program implementation and analysis, and surveillance
  • Applicants should have experience in analysis software, SAS is preferred.

Working Conditions for HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Internships

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
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern 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
  • 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

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/1GqyrC 

Internship Title: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, Research and Evaluation – Spring Intern (Paid Internship Pending Full State Approval)

Office/Program Area: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, Research and Evaluation

Job Description/Responsibilities:

This position will primarily focus on aiding with the implementation and evaluation of Vape-Free Indiana programs and initiatives. Vape-Free Indiana is a three-pronged approach that focuses on reducing the youth e-cigarette use rate.

  • 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
  • Contribute to the dissemination of information to health professionals, lay organizations, and private individuals.
  • Provide assistance to Director of Program Evaluation in the tracking and evaluation of Vape-Free Indiana programs and initiatives, including school programming, mass media campaigns, and cessation resources
  • Respond to data and information requests as needed
  • Perform related tasks as required

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of public health principles and practices
  • Experience in web-based survey development, including platforms such as SurveyMonkey
  • Experience in the use of statistical software for data analysis; working knowledge of SAS
  • Knowledge and ability to contribute to the development of evaluation criteria, measurements, and methods of evaluation procedures
  • Considerable knowledge and competence in using software applications including Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word
  • Preferred: Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign and Illustrator)
  • 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

 

Essential Functions:

  • Requires sitting for long periods, answering the telephone, copying, and filing.  Must have driver's license and ability to drive.
  • Seventy-five percent of time incumbent will work indoors in a routine office environment.  Occasionally may travel by car around the state which may require an overnight stay.

APPLICATION LINK: https://arcg.is/mCSiC0 


 

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Title: Public Health Investigator, Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease – Paid (PLEASE SEE BELOW)

This is a full-time contractor position. However, current students who are graduating in May 2020 may request a reduced number of hours (20–30 per week), with the expectation that the position would convert to full-time (37.5 hours per week) upon graduation. In addition, there are project opportunities available that may be suitable for students seeking to meet MPH degree requirements.

 

Office/Program Area: Epidemiology Resource Center

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The Public Health Investigator (PHI) serves as a contractor in the Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Epidemiology Program in the Epidemiology Resource Center at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). The PHI will be the agency point of contact for animal bite reports, including rabies exposure risk assessments, coordination of animal rabies testing, and surveillance for administration of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (rPEP). They will also assist the Zoonotic and Vector-Borne (ZVB) Epidemiologist with disease surveillance, data entry, outbreak investigations, and other special studies and/or projects.

  • Provide prompt consultation on management of animal bite exposures to health care providers, veterinarians, local health departments, and members of the public;
  • Provide prompt rabies exposure risk assessments to health care providers, veterinarians, local health departments, and members of the public;
  • Coordinate with the ISDH Laboratories, veterinarians, local health departments, and members of the public to arrange prompt rabies testing of animals where appropriate;
  • Manage animal bite reports and investigations in the state electronic disease surveillance system (NBS);
  • Conduct surveillance for rPEP administration using the state electronic disease surveillance system (NBS) and state syndromic surveillance system (ESSENCE);
  • Develop educational materials on animal bites and rabies prevention for health care providers, veterinarians, local health departments, and the public;
  • Assist the ZVB Epidemiologist with surveillance and investigation of individual cases and outbreaks of zoonotic and vector-borne disease;
  • Provide surge capacity for data entry of relevant reports and laboratory results as needed;
  • Serve as the ISDH epidemiologist on call during non-business hours for approximately 1–2 weeks/year;
  • Serve as a backup to the ZVB Epidemiologist and/or State Public Health Veterinarian (SPHV) in their absences;
  • Related duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, animal science, or biological sciences), OR 2+ years of public health experience;
  • Ability to quickly acquire detailed knowledge of rabies and other zoonotic and vector-borne diseases;
  • Ability to ascertain the existence of a public health threat by gathering and interpreting relevant information;
  • Ability to properly interpret and communicate state regulations and public health guidance documents;
  • Ability to identify appropriate indications for public health laboratory testing;
  • Ability to identify appropriate interventions for prevention of rabies and other zoonotic and vector-borne diseases;
  • Ability to perform descriptive analyses of surveillance data and identify key findings;
  • Ability to identify limitations of surveillance data and support evaluation of surveillance systems;
  • Ability to prepare written and oral reports, presentations, and educational materials that communicate necessary information to internal and external partners;
  • Ability to elicit relevant information from patients in structured or unstructured telephone interviews;
  • Ability to use appropriate informatics tools in support of work activities;
  • Ability to provide prompt, courteous, and helpful customer service;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external partners;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks efficiently to meet internal and external deadlines;
  • Ability to appropriately document work activities and maintain organized records;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred:

  • Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, animal science, or biological sciences);
  • Ability to design and execute epidemiologic or other relevant scientific studies;
  • Competence in statistical and/or geospatial software (e.g., Epi Info, SAS, ArcGIS).

Essential Functions/Working Environment:

  • The PHI must be physically able to type on a computer, to communicate via telephone, and to sit and/or stand at a workstation for a 7.5-hour workday
  • The PHI's work is performed in an indoor office setting. Occasional field work and/or overnight travel may be required.

If interested, please send resume to Jen Brown, jenbrown@isdh.in.gov, by November 15.

 



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Internship Title: Naloxone Program Intern (Paid Internship Pending Full State Approval)

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 the PDO Team within the division.

  • Attending weekly Trauma and Injury Prevention staff meetings
  • Attending weekly Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) staff meetings
  • Helping to facilitate naloxone administration trainings throughout the state
  • Assisting with outreach events, such as our PDO 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 PDO tasks

 

Skills and 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:

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.

  • Sedentary desk work with the possibility of light lifting up to 10 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern 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 Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment 
  • 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)

 

 


 

 *CLOSED*

Internship Title: Drug Overdose Prevention Intern (Paid Internship Pending Full State Approval)

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 intern 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.

 

  • Attending staff meetings, including weekly Trauma and Injury Prevention meetings, weekly DOP meetings, monthly meetings with federal grant overseers, various stakeholder meetings, and more.
  • Assisting with outreach events, including traveling statewide with our DOP mobile exhibit booth.
  • Attending opioid-focused conferences and events.
  • Creating opioid epidemic infographics and presentations.
  • Developing material for division newsletters and communication messages.
  • Assisting with website and mobile application upkeep and creation of new website material. 
  • Carrying out opioid-related small scale research projects.
  • Assisting with grant writing and reporting. 
  • Supporting any other division efforts as necessary.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in credit hours at a university or in an accredited program to be considered for this internship opportunity.
  • Candidates should possess strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics coursework background not necessary but preferred
  • SAS experience not required but highly preferred.
  • Candidate must feel comfortable with public speaking (giving presentations).
  • 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, however a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours/week is preferred

 

Essential Functions:

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.

  • Sedentary desk work with the possibility of light lifting up to 10 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the intern 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 Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment 
  • 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

 


 

*Closed*

Internship Title: Intern - Refugee Health Program (Paid Internship Pending Full State Approval)

Office/Program Area: Epidemiology Resource Center

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The intern will be located in the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Epidemiology Resource Center’s TB/Refugee Health Division and will assist the Refugee Health Coordinator with several projects for the Indiana Refugee Health Program.

 

The intern will assist the Refugee Health Coordinator with various tasks and projects to improve the health of refugees in Indiana and advance the mission of the Indiana Refugee Health Program. Specific duties include:

  • Gathers and synthesizes information from various sources and partners on challenges encountered in meeting the health needs of refugees who arrive with complex medical conditions and explores feasible solutions to improve health care access and outcomes.
  • Updates the Indiana Refugee Health Program website.
  • Assists with development of a pilot cultural awareness and sensitivity training for staff.
  • Assists with development of a process for reporting health screening payment information to federal funder.
  • Processes new refugee arrival documents from CDC and sends to local health departments.
  • Researches policy issues that impact access to spoken language interpretation in health care settings in Indiana.
  • Accompanies the Refugee Health Coordinator to meetings with program partners.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Be in an undergraduate or graduate public health or related program at a college or university.
  • Demonstrated interest in global and/or minority health issues through classwork and/or experience.
  • Familiarity communicating to diverse groups of people and the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to summarize large amounts of information and identify key ideas.
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Knowledge of public health terminology, program evaluation, and quality improvement principles

 

Essential Functions:

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.

  • Majority of time is spent in a climate controlled office setting at the Indiana State Department of Health.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
  • In-state travel by car may occasionally be necessary, but transportation will be provided.
  • A commitment of approximately 20 hours/week during routine business hours is required; however, exact hours are flexible.
  • Extended periods of travel time via car (up to three hours one way in-state travel) may be required. Occasional lifting (up to 30 pounds) is possible

 

 

 


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​ISDH 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. ISDH closes applications upon their request. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to be considered.

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

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Interns may apply – Late Fall

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