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Volunteer Opportunity

INTERN: Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (TEPP) Program Intern

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Public Health
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: 16-20 hours/week, August 2021 through May 2022

Remote and/or at a Boulder County Public Health office in Boulder or Longmont

Program Summary:

The Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (TEPP) is a program at Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) that prevents people from starting to use tobacco products, helps youth and adults to quit tobacco, reduces tobacco-related disparities, and reduces exposure to secondhand smoke. The goal of the program is to reduce tobacco-related death and disease in Boulder County. The TEPP Program focuses on the root causes of substance use and collaborates with community partners and other BCPH programs to lead and support equitable tobacco-related programming and policy initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Description of Work:
This intern position is responsible for helping the TEPP Team in all areas of their work, which includes assisting with community engagement around equitable policies, research, and involvement in the local policy process in Boulder County; outreach to community members and partner organizations; and collaborating with the TEPP Team to conduct workplan activities around tobacco and vaping prevention and cessation. The position will be a hybrid of working virtually and in person, depending on back-to-office protocols established by BCPH.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with staff and partners to implement the TEPP work plan and assist on individual projects.
• Assist in community engagement and building out a workplan for community partners to look at the equity of public health policies.
• Conduct outreach and maintain relationships with community partners.
• Assist in policy initiatives, including research and policy tracking.
• Participate in community coalitions and other collaborative meetings with internal and external partners.

Qualifications and Requirements:

• Currently enrolled in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program; second year is preferred.

• Background in social work/sociology/psychology.
• Experience working with diverse communities and community partners.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Must be culturally responsive and able to work respectfully with clients of various identities and socioeconomic backgrounds in an inclusive and nonjudgmental fashion.
• Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
• Proficient in standard computer software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Ability to work effectively on a team, as well as independently.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, coworkers, and community partners and agencies.
• General knowledge of best practices around authentic community engagement is preferred.

Special Requirements:
• Ability to work effectively virtually.
• Must have access to own computer for use with intern responsibilities.

Training Dates and Information:

Training and Orientation:
• Overview of Boulder County and BCPH.
• Overview of the TEPP Program and Community Health Division.
• Overview of tobacco control and prevention requirements and activities in Colorado.

• Supervision will be provided by a TEPP staff member with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

Additional Information:

Benefits Gained:
• Understanding of government systems, including public health and local city councils/town boards.
• Experience in substance use prevention at the local policy and community programmatic levels.
• Experience in community engagement and creating/maintaining community partners.
• Understanding of local policy process at the city and county level.


BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3450 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone: 303-441-1163

Application Process:

Submit an application online.