ISDH Available Internship Opportunities

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.

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

Spring Internships – (Students at ISDH approximately January-May):
Interns may apply – October – November

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

 

ISDH has 12 internships available for the Fall 2018 semester. The internship titles are:

1.  Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission Intern

2.  Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Intern

3.  Injury Prevention Data Intern

4.  Food Protection Rapid Response Team Intern

5.  Clinical Microbiology Internship

6.  Division of Clinical Microbiology-Assay Development

7.  Drug Overdose Naloxone Internship

8.  Office of Women's Health Internship

9.  Food Protection Rapid Response Team Intern - Local and State Strategic Partner Project

10. Food Protection Rapid Response Team Intern - The Food Emergency Response Plan (FERP) Project

11. Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Intern 

12. Food Protection RRT Food Industry Project Intern

Please apply via the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISDHInternships.

Applicants can expect to hear from an ISDH staff person regarding their application by the first week in August. Full Internship descriptions are available below.

1. Internship: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission Intern

Division/Office: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission

Job Description:

During this internship, the intern will work alongside the Director of Program Evaluation, and will primarily focus on the 2018 Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS).  The YTS is a statewide survey of approximately 90 questions asked of 6-12 grade students in 120 schools.  The YTS is comprised of questions focusing on tobacco product use and cessation, brand preference, exposure to tobacco advertisements, attitudes and beliefs related to tobacco and secondhand smoke exposure. The data from this survey is used to assess progress toward long-term, intermediate and short-term objectives outlined in the Indiana Tobacco Control Strategic Plan, as well as in state and national reports. Intern will also take on other data entry and analysis projects and tasks, as time allows.

Qualifications:

Candidates will have completed or plan on completing: Epidemiology I and II, Biostatistics I and II and course work utilizing SAS.  Candidates should have strong writing skills, exceptional organizational skills, ability to work independently, Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) and Microsoft Excel skills, and the ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret, and correlate technical material. Experience with coding and analysis of large data sets preferred.

Additional Requirements:

The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission's vision is to significantly improve the health of Hoosiers and to reduce the disease and economic burden that tobacco use places on Hoosiers of all ages. The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission exists to prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products in Indiana and to protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke.  Learn more at http://www.in.gov/isdh/tpc/.

Working Conditions:

  • Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment;
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 20 hours/week is preferable;
  • Start and end dates are flexible, however a minimum commitment of three months is preferable.

2. Internship: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Intern

Division/Office: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job Description:

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 Prescription Drug Overdose team within the division.  Below is a list of possible responsibilities:

  • Attending weekly Trauma and Injury Prevention staff meetings
  • Attending weekly Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) staff meetings
  • Assisting with outreach events, including traveling statewide with our PDO mobile exhibit booth  Creating opioid epidemic infographics and presentations
  • Assisting with website upkeep and creation of new website material
  • Assisting with production and delivery of events and conferences
  • Assisting with on-site management during events and conferences
  • Assisting in  the creation and editing of communication with speakers, panelists, attendees and sponsors
  • Assisting with post-event(s) metric reporting
  • Supporting any other division efforts as necessary

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).
  • 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.
  • Ability to engage with members of different communities
  • 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

Additional Requirements: GPA Requirements: 3.0 (preferred, but not required)

Working Conditions:

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

3. Internship: Injury Prevention Data Intern

Division/Office: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job Description:

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.   Below is a list of possible responsibilities:

  • Attending weekly Trauma and Injury Prevention staff meetings
  • Attending weekly Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) staff meetings
  • Working alongside the Injury Prevention Program Coordinator and Injury Prevention Epidemiologist and assisting with projects as needed
  • Abstracting mortality cases resulting from prescription drug overdose deaths
  • Helping to create data driven reports and briefs based on toxicology findings
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Assisting with website upkeep and creation of new website material
  • Supporting any other division efforts as necessary

 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

Additional Requirements: GPA Requirements: 3.0 (preferred, but not required)

Working Conditions:

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

4. Internship: Food Protection Rapid Response Team Intern

Division/Office: Food Protection

Job Description:

Written Framework Project: Create standard operating procedure templates for local health departments to develop their own outbreak, sampling, recall and complaint procedures. There are references and already established state procedures to use as a basis for the development of the procedures.

Qualifications:

The intern must have good writing and research capabilities to successfully complete these procedures. Outreach may also need to be accomplished with local health departments so good communication skills is also a desired trait.

Additional Requirements:

The intern will work closely with food protection RRT staff members. This project would be useful for students who are interested in food protection or public health program development positions.

Working Conditions:

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

5. Internship: Clinical Microbiology Internship

Division/Office: Laboratories

Job Description:

This opportunity at the Indiana State Department of Health Laboratories will provide data collection and analysis experience for a candidate interested in learning more about drug resistant organisms. The applicant must be currently pursuing a B.S. or M.S. in biology. This intern will also conduct a literature review of recent clinical practices relevant to the section. In addition, the position will offer testing support for new assay validation as time allows. Responsibilities would include:

  • Running queries from the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
  • Reviewing and summarizing clinical literature
  • Performing relevant molecular and microbiology testing
  •  Collecting and interpreting data
  • Keeping thorough, accurate records
  • Adhering to laboratory safety policies

Qualifications:

This candidate must be currently pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in biology. Basic microbiology and molecular bench skills are preferred.

Additional Requirements:

Working Conditions:

This job operates within the division of clinical microbiology in the Bacteriology, Mycology, and Chlamydia/Gonorrhoeae Testing Laboratories. This role routinely uses standard microbiology lab equipment such as pipettes, incubators, biological safety cabinets, microscopes, growth media, bacterial/fungal/mold isolates, and computers.

  • The intern is occasionally required to stand for long periods of time.
  • Work is performed partially in a lab setting with frequent interruptions and distractions;
  • The intern is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • To operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

6. Internship: Division of Clinical Microbiology-Assay Development

Division/Office: Indiana State Department of Health Laboratories

Job Description:

The intern will be located within the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Laboratories. The intern will work alongside Microbiologists to develop and validate new laboratory tests for infectious disease detection.  This internship will provide the student the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • Assisting with the development and validation of new laboratory tests for infectious disease testing
  • Scientific document writing
  • Review and summary of the scientific literature
  • Data analysis and reporting as needed

Qualifications:

Graduate or undergraduate student pursing a degree in biology or a related field. Candidates should have a basic understanding of microbiology and molecular biology. Candidate should be able to dedicate approximately 20 hours/ week.

Additional Requirements:

Working Conditions:

This job operates within the division of clinical microbiology. This role routinely uses standard microbiology lab equipment such as pipettes, incubators, biological safety cabinets, microscopes, growth media, bacterial/fungal/mold isolates, and computers.

  • The intern is occasionally required to stand for long periods of time.
  • Work is performed partially in a lab setting with frequent interruptions and distractions;
  • The intern is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • To operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

7. Internship: Drug Overdose Naloxone Internship

Division/Office: Trauma and Injury Prevention

Job Description:

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 Prescription Drug Overdose team within the division.  Below is a list of possible responsibilities:

  • 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, including traveling statewide with our PDO mobile exhibit booth
  • Packaging of naloxone kits for shipment
  • Inputting naloxone data reports
  • Creating quarterly naloxone distribution data summary reports
  • Creating opioid epidemic infographics and presentations
  • Any other day-to-day division or PDO team tasks

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).
  • 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 20 hours/week is preferred

Additional Requirements:

This internship can be used to fulfill school internship requirements. The intern would work with their supervisor to create a project/projects for their time here.

Working Conditions:

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

8. Internship: Office of Women's Health Internship

Division/Office: Women's Health

Job Description:

 The Office of Women’s Health at the Indiana State Department of Health provides statewide leadership and coordination to ensure that the health of women in Indiana is acknowledged, valued, and supported.  The Office champions inter-professional collaboration, data collection and sharing, community engagement, mobilization, and programmatic inclusion of women’s health issues as means by which to focus prevention efforts on the specific needs of women in Indiana.    Job Description: The intern will be located within the Office of Women’s Health at the Indiana State Department of Health and work alongside the OWH Director and Violence Prevention Program Director to experience working in community health. The intern would have the opportunity to actively participate in the following activities:

  • Review of community resources
  • Attend meetings with staff with local partners
  • Contributing to social media messaging related to women’s health and sexual violence prevention
  •  Professional development opportunities
  •  Conducting literature reviews
  • Creating content for monthly newsletters

Qualifications:

  • Interest in public health, health education, or related area
  •  Outstanding organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to be flexible, multitask, and prioritize

Additional Requirements:

During the fall and summer semesters, we are open to high-achieving and/or senior-level undergraduates as well as master's-level students.

Working Conditions:

  • Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment; some travel may be required
  • Hours are flexible; however a commitment of approximately 10-15 hours/week is preferred during semester

9. Internship: Food Protection Rapid Response Team Intern – Local and State Strategic Partner Project

Division/Office: Food Protection

Job Description:

Local and State Strategic Partner Project - Contact local health departments to assess communication between local and state partners and to build a contact list by identifying points of contact for consumer food complaints, food emergencies and recall notifications and audits.

Qualifications:

Must be comfortable with reaching out to local health departments via phone and e-mail to identify the appropriate point of contact and interviewing them to gather information and contacts.

Additional Requirements:

The intern would work closely with food protection RRT staff. This project will be used to further promote an integrated food safety system in Indiana by identifying issues in communication and updating our contact lists. The intern must have good communication skills and the major should be public health related.

Working Conditions:

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

10. Internship: Food Protection Rapid Response Team - The Food Emergency Response Plan (FERP) Project

Division/Office: Food Protection

Job Description:

The Food Emergency Response Plan (FERP) Project – Utilize what work has already been accomplished by the RRT (hazard analysis and beginnings of a draft) and complete a first draft of the plan using the National Agricultural State Department of Agriculture (NASDA), FERP template and original FERP as a basis for the revised plan.

Qualifications:

Must have writing and editing skills. Must be able to conduct research using resources provided to develop the first draft of a state response plan. This would be a great opportunity for students interested in public health preparedness and response positions.

Additional Requirements:

The intern would work directly with ISDH, Food Protection Rapid Response Team Staff.

Working Conditions:

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

11. Youth Risk Behavior Survey Intern

Division/Office: Maternal and Child Health

Job Description:

Responsibilities may include: 

  • Assisting in the clearance and recruitment of public high schools selected for survey  A
  • ssisting in the mailing of survey materials  
  • Reviewing incoming survey materials and documentation forms 
  • Administering the YRBS to students in participating schools across the state, following proper data collection procedures 
  • Assisting in the coordination of YRBS survey administrators   
  • Updating the YRBS tracking form, monitoring participation status of selected schools 
  • Preparing completed questionnaire booklets for scanning 
  • Attending weekly staff meetings with the Adolescent Health Team and monthly staff meetings with the Maternal and Child Health Division’s Life Course Health Systems Team 
  • Preparing written and oral reports and presentations to communicate necessary information to internal and external partners 

The intern will also: 

  • Enhance skills, abilities, and knowledge pertaining to the field of adolescent health, specifically the youth risk behaviors found within the Youth Risk Behavior Survey 
  • Understand the state health department’s structure and role in the broader field of public health   
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the administration of public health programs at the state level, as well as the collaborations necessary for successful implementation of federal grants    

Qualifications:

  • Ability to provide own, reliable means of transportation
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks or projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines

Working Conditions:

  • Work will take place indoors in a routine office environment
  • Hours are flexible, however a commitment of approximately 20 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 
  • 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, light traffic). 
  • Ability to work in a confined area. 
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  

12. Internship: Food Protection RRT Food Industry Project Intern

Division/Office: Food Protection

Job Description:

Intern will assist in a Indiana project involving collecting information to improve coordination between regulatory agency and food industry partners. This project will improve food recalls and trace-back investigations and facilitation in Indiana and nationally. The intern will assist with making contact with industry partners and gathering and compiling the information collected.

Qualifications:

Graduate level interns with at least one semester preferred. Writing, communication and customer service skills will be necessary for this project. 

Additional Requirements:

The Food Protection Rapid Response Team is a partnership between epidemiology, laboratory and food protection partners that may respond to a human or animal food emergency. this project will have a direct impact on improving Indiana's response capabilities.

Working Conditions:

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