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Position Description
Position Title: Health Care Agency Community Outreach Intern (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (ADAS)
Risk Reduction, Education & Community Health (REACH) ProgramSanta Ana, CA 92706

Functions of Agency/Department:
ADAS provides a range of outpatient and residential treatment programs designed to reduce or eliminate the abuse of alcohol and other drugs within the community.

The REACH Program provides HIV/AIDS education and outreach to the community, including street outreach to substance users who are not in treatment and who are at high risk for contracting and transmitting HIV, TB, and other communicable diseases.

REACH offers the following educational workshops and community outreach:

  • Communicable Disease Prevention
  • Life Skills Development Workshops
  • Drug Treatment Linkage
  • Court Ordered HIV Education and Testing
  • Transportation
  • Case Management
  • Client Advocacy
For more information, please visit our website at http://ochealthinfo.com/behavioral/adas/index.htm

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Interns may be involved in one or more of the following activities:
  • Prepare essential support material for prevention and outreach efforts
  • Work with the education team as a peer educator to conduct workshops
  • Assist in conducting outreach events
  • Conduct interviews and surveys
  • Assist in developing and conducting special projects
  • Participate in focus groups
  • Provide staff support with administrative duties such as filing, photocopying, etc.
Educational Requirements:
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university with an interest in Behavioral Health, Health Education, Health Science, Human Service, Psychology, Social Service, Sociology, Social Ecology, Social Science or related fields. Recent graduates will also be considered.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
  • Computer literate
  • Good organizational skills
  • Bilingual skills are a plus (Spanish/English)
  • Basic sexual health, HIV, and other STD knowledge
  • Must demonstrate ability to work with others from different backgrounds and life styles such as gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals
  • Must be able to interact with high-risk and HIV positive individuals
  • Must be consistent and adhere to committed work schedule
  • Direct experience in substance abuse setting preferred
  • Must be comfortable talking about sexuality
  • Basic injection drug use knowledge
Time Commitment:
Must be willing to commit to six or more months. Hours are negotiable, and flexible schedules are preferred. Interns must be willing to attend scheduled trainings and complete assigned projects. Summer internships are available. Students willing to schedule additional hours or extend the duration of their internships typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience and explore career options while serving their community. They will network with professionals who are dedicated to making a positive difference in Orange County.

Additional Comments:
Driving to community events may be required; therefore, interns must have a valid driver’s license. Mileage reimbursement is available.
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