Volunteer Opportunity

INTERN: Communicable Disease Control

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Public Health
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date: 120 practicum and subsequent capstone; currently enrolled in a master's level public health program

3482 Broadway

Boulder, Co 80304

Program Summary:

The Communicable Disease Control Program responds to all reportable diseases and conditions including individual cases and outbreaks.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Description of Work:
This practicum position is an integral member of the Communicable Disease Control Team. Under the supervision of the Communicable Disease (CD) Epidemiologist, the Intern performs a variety of complex activities related to communicable disease surveillance, including investigating zoonotic disease reports, assisting with investigating other reportable diseases and outbreak reports, implementing control measures, and providing epidemiological support for the team.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist program staff with the investigation and follow up of zoonotic disease reports.
• Assist program staff with outreach to community partners on zoonotic diseases.
• Assist with other reportable diseases and outbreak reports, including implementing control measures, and providing epidemiological support.
• May assist with data entry and other projects.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Education: Desired applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in a science or health-related field and be currently enrolled in a master’s level public health program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of epidemiologic principles related to surveillance, investigation, and control of communicable diseases.
• Knowledge of the epidemiology of and the control measures for routinely reported communicable disease (i.e. norovirus, influenza).
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to develop internal and external partnerships.
• Organization, collaboration, and research skills.
• Knowledge of public health systems.
• Group process, presentations and facilitation skills.
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and as part of a team.
• Ability to maintain internal data management systems.

Special Requirements:
• Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation. Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and volunteer must comply with these requirements prior to start date.

Training Dates and Information:

• The CD Epidemiologist and other program staff as well as the division manager and medical officer may provide training and orientation.
• The intern is encouraged to participate in meetings, field experiences, and other trainings, as appropriate.

Additional Information:

Benefits Gained:
• Become trained and gain experience in disease control investigations and outbreak response.
• Actively support communicable disease control programming through service.
• Gain an understanding of the role of public health in the community.
• Flexible work schedule.


BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3482 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone: 303-441-1163
Email: healthvs@bouldercounty.org

Application Process:

Submit an application online.