Internship Position Description
Health Education Intern - Office on Aging (unpaid internship)
Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
OC Community Resources
Office on Aging
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Functions of Agency/Department:
The Orange County Office on Aging serves as the lead advocate, planner and facilitator relative to all aging issues on behalf of all older persons in Orange County. Together with our partners, the Office on Aging provides a full range of older adult services, including information and assistance on programs and services available for older adults and their caregivers.
Interns will provide staff support with the following activities:
- Implement evidenced-based health promotion programs
- Prepare and present health/safety programs at senior centers, senior living complexes, senior events and health fairs
- Attend meetings with senior advocacy groups and health-related coalitions
- Assist with the Down with Falls Coalition
- Write articles for newsletters and department website
- Develop health-related brochures and handouts
- Maintain department website
The internship is best suited for graduate students, majoring in Public Health, Health Services, Gerontology or related fields. Undergraduate students will be considered.
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Interest in working with the older adult population, basic computer skills and excellent oral and written communication skills. Bilingual skills are a plus, but are not required.
Schedule can be determined by the number of required hours for the intern’s academic program. If an applicant will not receive academic credit for the internship, a minimum 12 - 20 hours per week for one semester/quarter is required. Hours must be scheduled during regular business hours, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some weekend hours may be available. Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for this internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.
Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to enhance career skills, explore career options, apply academic knowledge to the workplace and build resumes. The internship provides personal gratification and satisfaction through working with older adults to improve their health. Students also gain a greater understanding of County government and the provision of social services.