The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by helping solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. Founded in 2010 in conjunction with – but independent from –The Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity advocates.
Internship Description: The PHA Partnerships Intern’s primary responsibility is to assist the Partnerships team to help support the work of PHA partners as well as recruiting new partners, which includes contributing to ongoing projects and programming initiatives by investigating and analyzing pressing food systems, physical activity and health care issues.
The goal of PHA’s intern program is to expose interns to current critical issues surrounding childhood obesity. Additionally, interns are exposed to a variety of players in the field through their work and provided opportunities to attend meetings.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with staff on conducting research on assigned topics
- Compile and synthesize data to prepare draft material for literature reviews, reports, and/or proposals
- Gather data to help develop best practices for PHA Initiatives
- Assist in the development of written and presentation materials designed to disseminate results of projects
- Analyze nutrient profiles of menus for Healthier Campus Initiative colleges
- Analyze meal service standards of dining service vendors
- Collect product and recipe nutrition information from online sources as needed
- Utilize PHA’s Healthy Equity Lens Tool to analyze the impact of current commitments
- Participate in internal strategy brainstorms with the broader PHA staff
- Identify and summarize relevant research articles for internal quarterly research highlights
- Provide general administrative support
- Assist in planning of PHA’s annual summit
- In progress or completed bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences, dietetics, public health or a related field. Note: Current enrollment in master’s degree program in nutrition, dietetics, public health or related field is preferred
- Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English; ability to write and present data and information in a compelling way to different audiences
- General knowledge of childhood obesity and its contributing factors
- Understanding and interest in improving the health and well-being of students on college campuses
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
- Strong time management and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work well independently and in teams
- Track record of being able to produce work in a timely manner and with flexibility when necessary to adapt to changing work conditions
- Ability to read carefully, follow directions and attend to detail
- Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Savvy Internet research skills as well as a willingness to use print materials and telephone skills for extended research
If interested, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Partnerships Intern Spring 2020” in the subject line.