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Internship Opportunities

Eastern Idaho Public Health offers the following internship opportunities:

Early Childhood Home Visiting

Non-paid internship; one intern per semester, as needed; work on projects with Child Development Specialists in the Parents as Teachers Program, Stewards of Children and other initiatives related to early childhood programs and activities.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the Child Development Specialists, Early Childhood Staff, Community Health Staff, and other interns on your team;
  • Attend a mandatory orientation with Public Health Staff to ensure confidentiality and agency policies;
  • Assist Child Development Specialists with planning and conducting Parents as Teachers Group Meetings and Play and Learn Sessions;  
  • Prepare curriculum and activities for Play and Learn Sessions;
  • Participate with a Child Development Specialist in home visits with families;
  • Administer ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE with the help of Early Childhood Staff;
  • Maintain and update program and data files;
  • Assist with trainings in the community;
  • Training on relevant program instruments and assessments;

Requirements:

  • Junior status, minimum
  • Completion of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Home and Family Sciences introductory courses
  • Experience in working with young children in groups, recommended
  • Current on immunizations
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Spanish speaking is a plus
Epidemiology

Non-paid internship; one intern per semester, as needed; assist epidemiologists with conducting epidemiological, communicable and chronic disease, and environmental health investigations.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the Epidemiologists, Community Health Staff, and other interns;
  • Attend a mandatory orientation with Public Health Staff to ensure confidentiality and agency policies;
  • Assist epidemiologists with conducting epidemiological, communicable and chronic disease, and environmental health investigations; 
  • Maintains confidential disease registry;
  • Develops and modifies questionnaires and other data collection instruments;
  • Follow procedures to ensure quality of the data collected;
  • Participate in interviewing patients, medical staff and technical experts;
  • Collects, tabulates and analyzes surveillance data to identify disease trends and characteristics;
  • Prepares detailed reports of investigations, surveys and interviews;
  • Develops conclusions and recommendations regarding disease mitigation and control;
  • Maintains a computerized disease-surveillance network;
  • Maintain data base for health care provider contacts;
  • Develops informational materials;
  • Conducts literature review and develops resource library.

Requirements:

  • Junior status, minimum
  • Completion of Epidemiology, Required
  • Completion of Biostatistics, Recommended
  • Current on immunizations
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
Fit and Fall Proof™Class Leader

Non-paid internship, up to eight interns per semester, trained to teach group exercise class to older adults, round trip to Idaho Falls required.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the local FFP program coordinator, and other interns and older adults on your teaching team;
  • Attend a mandatory leader training to learn program curriculum, requirements, and recommendations and practice class leader skills in conjunction with other members of your teaching team;
  • Plan and implement high quality group fitness classes for older adults, using a broad variety of safe, effective activities recommended in the FFP manual and training;
  • Adapt group and individual exercise activities to accommodate varying levels of physical abilities;
  • Encourage participation in a friendly, helpful way;
  • Understand FFP and facility policies regarding safety and contraindicated exercises for common health concerns;
  • Ensure regular testing, record-keeping and other class management tasks required and/or recommended by the local FFP program coordinator;
  • Respond effectively to emergency situations (first aid and CPR training are recommended); complete incident reports and report the event (falls, medical emergency) to local FFP program coordinator;
  • Participate in regular refresher trainings, class planning and evaluation for continuous improvement;
  • Market FFP program to local area.

Requirements:

  • Junior status, minimum
  • Completion of Program Planning and Implementation or equivalent
  • Completion of Introduction to Community/Public Health or equivalent
  • Completion of Aerobic Fitness Techniques or equivalent, recommended
  • Current on immunizations
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
Health Education

Non-paid internship; one intern per semester, as needed; work on projects with Health Education Specialists in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the Health Educators, Community Health staff Members, and other interns on your team;
  • Attend a mandatory orientation with Public Health Staff to ensure confidentiality and agency policies;
  • Assist with various Physical Activity and Nutrition Program trainings, follow-up and assist with the action plans and reports;
  • Assess parks and convenience stores related to tobacco free policies;
  • Present tobacco information to students and school staff;
  • Create worksite wellness monthly messages for the agency;
  • Input pre- and post-survey data;
  • Assist and attend Youth Adult Partnership meetings and activities;
  • Market health education programs throughout the area;
  • Track and update participant contact information;
  • Participate in community coalition, when available.

Requirements:

  • Junior status, minimum
  • Completion of Program Planning and Implementation and Community Health Methods or equivalent
  • Current on immunizations
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
Oral Health

Non-paid internship; one intern per semester, January – mid-April only; work on Give Kids a Smile Program.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Work closely with the Oral Health Program Coordinator, Community Health Staff, and other interns;
  • Attend a mandatory orientation with Public Health Staff to ensure confidentiality and agency policies;
  • Communicate with and maintain relationships with participating dental offices; 
  • Outreach to school districts to retain permission to drop off GKAS flyers;
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills for donated supplies;
  • Distribute supplies and paperwork to participating dental offices;
  • Distribute GKAS flyers to elementary schools;
  • Collect completed paperwork from participating dental offices;
  • Input data from completed paperwork into a provided spreadsheet;
  • Create a Summary of Data Report and Thank You notes and distribute to participating dental offices;
  • Assist in fluoride varnish clinics, school dental sealant clinics, and/or other program activities as needed.

Requirements:

  • Junior status, minimum
  • Completion of Program Planning and Implementation or equivalent
  • Completion of Introduction to Community/Public Health or equivalent
  • Interest in the dental field
  • Current on immunizations
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
Preparedness

Non-paid internship; one intern per semester, as needed;  work on projects in preparing for and implementing plans to protect local communities against natural disasters, pandemics, and terrorist related incidences.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the Preparedness Staff, Community Health Staff, and other interns;
  • Attend a mandatory orientation with Public Health Staff to ensure confidentiality and agency policies;
  • Assist Preparedness Staff update emergency preparedness plans, agreements, and inventories, and maintain up-to-date contact lists and registries; 
  • Develops and modifies questionnaires and other data collection instruments;
  • Follow procedures to ensure quality of the data collected;
  • Participate in emergency planning meetings with agency partners;
  • Collects, tabulates and analyzes inventory data to identify need and gaps;
  • Prepares detailed information for inclusion in District Emergency Operations Plan;
  • Develops conclusions and recommendations regarding community resiliency;
  • Maintains a computerized volunteer list and network;
  • Maintain data base for community partners;
  • Develops informational materials;
  • Conducts fieldwork for updating Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) inventory, and emergency agreements.

Requirements:

  • Junior status, minimum
  • Completion of Emergency Planning or equivalent
  • Completion of Emergency Management or equivalent
  • Current on immunizations
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Additional Internship Information

Application
Application Deadlines

Internship Sessions Available

Application Deadline

January - April

October 15th

April – July

February 15th

July - September

May 31st

September – December

May 31st

Benefits to the Intern
  • Explore career path
  • Contact hours toward medical, therapy, and other schools
  • Practice compassion
  • Develop and refine professional skills
  • Network with other professionals in the field
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Resume builder
  • Professional training opportunities
  • Gain confidence

*Employers overwhelmingly point to internship experience as one of the most important factors they consider in hiring new college graduates for full time positions.

Coordinator Information

Mail application to:                      
Timalee Geisler
Eastern Idaho Public Health
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID  83401

E-mail application to:                  
tgeisler@EIPH.idaho.gov

Direct questions by Phone to:   
Timalee 208-533-3149 OR Kaylene 208-533-3151

Interview Process
  • After the application deadline, applicants may be e-mailed to schedule an interview date and time
  • Face-to-face, in person, interviews are generally required
  • Community Health Staff conduct interview
  • Please bring resume, if not included with application
  • Internship offers will be extended via e-mail within a week of completion of interview process
  • If you are not accepted as an intern, you will be informed via e-mail

 

Volunteers

  • Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) Volunteers
    The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to allow local volunteers--medical and health professionals as well as others--to contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need. The Eastern Idaho MRC unit is made of volunteers who can assist our community during emergencies, such as an earthquake or influenza epidemic.
    • Click here to learn more about the Eastern Idaho Medical Reserve Corps or to register to become an MRC volunteer.

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