Health Education Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Health Education Intern - Alcohol & Drug Education & Prevention Team   (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

Health Care Agency - Health Promotion
Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team (ADEPT)
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Functions of Agency/Department:

ADEPT provides leadership and coordination for community efforts to prevent alcohol and other drug-related (AOD) problems in order to improve the health and safety of Orange County. ADEPT conducts a variety of research based community and school based projects focusing on environmental and community change strategies as a means of preventing AOD related problems.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the health education supervisor, interns will work with the ADEPT Health Education Team to develop, implement and evaluate ADEPT's community and school-based prevention programs and campaigns that focus on increasing youth, community and school connectedness. Primary duties include the following:

  • Assist in researching, designing, implementing and evaluating community and school based programs designed to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse problems.
  • Collect community need and resource assessment information.
  • Implement interventions (i.e. training, community organization, education, and community mobilization).

Educational Requirements:

This position is best suited for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in health education, public health or social sciences.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for alcohol and drug abuse prevention and have some experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation; public speaking and community organization.

Time Commitment:

Without exception, interns must commit to a minimum of 300 hours, ideally between the months of January - June or June - November (other start/end dates will be considered). Hours may be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Internship schedules may include some evening and weekend hours, but services are generally provided Monday through Friday during regular business hours. 

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid position that does not lead to permanent employment, interns will gain knowledge of and exposure to the process of community planning, including implementation and evaluation of AOD prevention programs. In addition, students will gain experience in conducting community needs assessments and outreach to community coalitions. They will apply academic knowledge while broadening their understanding of AOD research and policies impacting the field.

Additional Comments:

Driving to community/off-site meetings is often required; therefore, interns must have a valid driver's license. Parking fees may be required. Mileage reimbursement may be available.

Background screening for this internship does not require live scan fingerprinting.
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