29 February 2012

ISDS Summer Internship!

ISDS is looking for a summer intern who is a current MPH student who will lead the research, writing, and dissemination of an ISDS policy brief. Pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested in applying. Please note that the application deadline is April 1st. 

ISDS Summer Internship Description

Title:                                       ISDS Summer Intern

Organization:                       International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS)

Address:                               26 Lincoln Avenue, Suite #3
                                                Brighton, MA 02135

Website:                                http://www.syndromic.org

Agency description:           The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 and dedicated to the improvement of population health by advancing the science and practice of disease surveillance. ISDS’s membership represents public health professionals, healthcare providers, researchers, government officials, and others engaged in national and international health surveillance initiatives. We facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and promote and conduct research, education, and advocacy. 

Internship description:        Disease surveillance is at a crossroads fueled by the advent of new technologies for data collection, management, and application, and shaped by changing demands on the public health workforce. ISDS would like to develop a policy brief and advocacy plan that will help to set the stage for the next stage of public health surveillance. This intern project will engage an MPH student in working with ISDS staff, members, and the Board of Directors to identify key issues related to public health surveillance research, practice, and policy; and to lead the research and writing of a policy brief. The intern will also be responsible for developing a dissemination plan for distributing the brief to the broader surveillance community, as well as to key stakeholders and decision makers.

Specific Responsibilities include:  
  • Research policy issues related to public health surveillance 
  • Writing of policy brief and advocacy plan  
  • Develop dissemination plan to distribute policy brief to the broader surveillance community  
  • Policy analysis

Minimum Skills Required:  
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (preferably in biological or social science discipline).
  • Current MPH student.  
  • Proficiency with social media and other electronic and web-based communications vehicles.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a positive, “can-do” attitude.  
  • Capable of working independently and cooperatively as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and deadline driven.  
  • Eager to learn new and improve upon current skills.  
  • Proficiency using MS Office for Mac and the following software within an Apple Mac OSX environment is preferred: Mail, iCal, and Address Book.

Estimated start/end date:  June 2012 – August 2012 (flexible)

Hours/Week:                         Approximately 10 hours/week

Application deadline:          April 1, 2012

Number of students:                      1

Is a car necessary?                        No

Stipend:                                 Yes, if not applying for credit.

To apply:                                Submit a resume and a cover letter to: careers@syndromic.org by April 1, 2012.  Please put “ISDS Summer Internship” and your last name in the Subject line. ISDS requires pre-employment reference checks. ISDS is an equal opportunity employer.

Field Supervisor:                 Laura Streichert, PhD, MPH
                                               Executive Director

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