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Recruitment for our Spring 2023 Equity Intern Cohort is closed. Please check back for announcements about the Summer Cohort. 

In 2018, Health & Medicine created an Internship Equity Committee charged with developing a new model for internships, called the Equity Intern Program, in which unpaid intern labor is replaced with a paid internship model, and for which we established a “one door” application process so that opportunities are not limited to the well-connected. Providing paid internships is an important step toward creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive workforce.

A successful internship can be an integral part of a person’s education and professional development. Our internship program supports the next generation of professionals who share the belief in our mission of health equity and social justice. Our interns are largely graduate students in the Chicagoland area interested in gaining experience in public health. Health & Medicine supports three cohorts of three interns per year, for a total of nine interns. Learn about the Ben Squires Equity Internship here and HiteHass Equity Internship here.

What kinds of work do interns do?
While projects vary, interns may be involved with the following types of work:

  • Researching and analyzing policy and writing reports, briefs, or fact sheets relevant to public health, health care, health workforce, and topics relevant to Health & Medicine projects
  • Helping track the progress of bills and ordinances at the state, county, and city level and Health & Medicine’s advocacy for each of these
  • Planning, sharing resources for, and following up on health policy forum and roundtable events
  • Organizing information and coordinating projects related to health policy and public health capacity building
  • Joining staff at various collaborations and coalitions