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Position Description:
Position Title: Tobacco Use Prevention Program Internship (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Health Care Agency – Public Health
Health Promotion – Tobacco Use Prevention Program
Administrative office – Santa Ana, CA 92701
Internship does require some travel throughout Orange County.

Briefly Describe Functions of Agency/Department:
The Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) is committed to tobacco prevention, education and cessation within Orange County.  TUPP partners with community organizations, educational institutions, businesses and law enforcement agencies to address tobacco-related issues.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  The majority of individuals who smoke daily began smoking prior to 18 years of age.  Fortunately, the number of people who currently smoke can be reduced through tobacco education and prevention activities and by promoting and providing cessation services.

Major Responsibilities of Intern:
The TUPP internship offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to assist with projects that help keep tobacco out of the hands of youth, educate the public to the dangers of secondhand smoke and promote free cessation services.  Duties may include one or more of the following assignments, depending upon an intern’s interest and experience level:
  • Conduct community research and compile information
  • Staff and provide community outreach during health fairs and special events
  • Distribute tobacco-control materials at various locations within the community
  • Assist in educating the public to the dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Participate in activities to reduce youth access to tobacco products
  • Assist with smoking-cessation activities

Educational Requirements:
This position is best suited for students or recent graduates with a high level of interest in tobacco-use prevention.  Preferred academic majors include Health Science/Education, Social Ecology, Public Relations, Communications or related fields.  Interns must be at least 18 years of age with some college coursework completed.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Interns must have excellent oral and written communication skills and basic computer knowledge and experience.  The ideal candidate is outgoing, able to interact with diverse populations and committed to tobacco-use prevention.

Time Commitment:
Minimum 4 – 12 hours per week for 3 months.  Hours are primarily scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8a.m. – 5p.m.).  Schedules are flexible and can be arranged to accommodate school/work schedules.  Interns who are available for additional hours and who can stay with the program for a longer duration generally gain a more in-depth experience.  Summer internships are available.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Although the internship is an unpaid position, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:
  • Build resumes and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements
  • Network in their fields of interest with professionals who are dedicated to making a positive difference in Orange County
  • Intern with one of the premier employers in the region
Additional Information:
On some occasions, interns will be required to provide their own transportation to community events or local organizations located throughout Orange County.  Mileage reimbursement is available for authorized travel.  Interns who operate a vehicle as part of their duties must possess a valid California driver’s license and proof of auto insurance coverage for personal injuries and property damage.
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