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Equity Intern Program

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Overview

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.

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

Learn about the Ben Squires Equity Internship here.

Reflections From Past Equity Interns

“I have always been passionate about health equity, but being a member of the Health & Medicine team was the first time I felt like I was creating tangible change that would have an impact in the community. I saw how advocacy and policy are important tools to achieving this goal and was amazed by the different avenues through which Health & Medicine approached public health. In addition, I appreciated how Health & Medicine upheld their values throughout the program, providing all interns with a stipend. It made me feel like a valuable member of the team and encouraged me to become more involved.” – Havisha Pedamallu, Summer 2021 Equity Intern and MD/MPH Student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

As an intern with Health & Medicine, I was treated as an equal colleague during meetings and discussions. I was afforded responsibilities that would typically go to full-time staff members, and I truly felt a part of the team. I learned how to be an advocate while working in the Just Cause for Evictions campaign, how municipal policy change happens, how to use data to fuel policy-based solutions in the COVID-19 project at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform, and how public health is truly interdisciplinary and inter collaborative. The internship has had an indelible impact on my future career aspirations, and I look forward to the day where I cross paths with Health & Medicine again.” – Meredith Hollender, Summer 2020 Equity Intern and MD Student the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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