Volunteer Opportunity

INTERN: Public Health Planning Intern

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Public Health
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: Minimum 120 hours; flexible schedule. This internship is designed for Master's level students of public health.

Sundquist Building

3482 Broadway

Boulder, CO 80304

St. Vrain Community Hub

515 Coffman Street

Longmont, CO 80501

Program Summary:

The Public Health Planning Intern will provide data collection, evaluation, and planning support for the Community Mental Health Initiative. Every five years, public health agencies conduct a community health assessment to identify priority health needs and then plan with the community to address them. Mental health was chosen as the priority health concern for Boulder County during the 2017 Community Health Assessment. The Community Mental Health Initiative has two goals: improving mental health for all Boulder County children and youth by supporting evidence-based approaches to address access and enhance primary prevention, intervention, and treatment; and expanding access to mental health services for all residents through policy. A focus of the current year is to assess current best practices in local school districts, identify gaps, and develop a multi-year implementation plan in partnership with schools, community partners, and community members.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Plan for gaps analyses in schools and/or community to identify opportunities for action.
• Plan for youth focus groups or other methods to include youth leadership and voice into the process.
• Support implementation of data collection and evaluation.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Education: Currently enrolled in a Master of Public Health program, preferably at the Colorado School of Public Health.

• Demonstrated experience in collecting qualitative and quantitative data.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Excellent research skills.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to conduct oneself in a responsible and professional manner.
• General computer and word processing skills.
• Strong time management and organizational skills.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently.
• Willingness and ability to work with diverse people.
• Self-directed and motivated after receiving appropriate orientation and resources.
• Some experience or background working with teens and adolescents is preferred.

Special Requirements:
• Must have access to reliable transportation that is readily available for business use.
• Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation. Some immunizations and/or tuberculosis (TB) tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and volunteer/intern must comply with these requirements prior to start date.

Training Dates and Information:

Training, Experience, and Benefits:
• Excellent opportunity to make a positive change in systems related to mental health.
• Gain experience in advancing health equity.
• Learn about positive youth development.
• Establish professional ties with community experts and agencies working in the field.
• Gain an understanding of the role of public health in the community.
• Flexible work schedule and some evening times may be required.
• Gain practical experience in health planning and an understanding of how data collection impacts program and project development.

Training and Supervision: This position will be supervised by the Special Initiatives Coordinator.


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

Application Process:

Submit an application online.