Student Opportunities

Student internship

LCPH is looking for a student to help with the Corridor Worksite Wellness Awards during the fall semester of 2015. Any student that’s interested in worksite wellness and/or public health is welcome to contact Kaitlin Emrich (kaitlin.emrich@linncounty.org or 319.892.6020) about this internship.

LCPH is flexible about how much time the internship will take. The internship is unpaid, but the intern may be able to use a Linn County vehicle for when they drive to the worksites to conduct assessments (as long as they have a valid driver’s license).

Background information about the internship project:

Every year, Linn County Public Health (LCPH) helps put on the Corridor Worksite Wellness Awards. Last year, 37 worksites participated in the awards, including worksites from both Linn and Johnson Counties. LCPH staff meet with the participating worksites in Linn County, assess their current worksite wellness status, and help them improve their efforts. This project is a great opportunity for a student to get an inside look of what it’s like to work at a local public health department and gain some real-world, practical experience.

Specific student tasks and responsibilities:

The student will work collaboratively with LCPH staff to conduct wellness assessments of participating worksites in Linn County. The assessments will take place in October and November 2015. During the assessment, the student will talk with the worksite representatives about their wellness programs and answer any questions they have. After the assessment, the student will email the representatives any sample policies or resources they request, enter the assessment results into a database, and write up a report for the worksite. The report will include strengths and weaknesses identified from the assessment, suggested strategies to make changes, and additional resources. In December, the student will help analyze the results, finalize the reports, and identify the winners.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of evidence-based worksite wellness strategies preferred
  • Ability to manage time efficiently, prioritize tasks, and self-direct work activities
  • Must be computer literate with basic knowledge of MS Office Programs
  • Attention to detail