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Position Description
Position Title: Health Education Internship – ADEPT (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Health Care Agency – Health Promotion
Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team (ADEPT)
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Functions of Agency/Department:
The ADEPT mission is to provide leadership for, and coordination of, community efforts to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related (ATOD) problems in order to improve the health and safety of Orange County. This mission is carried out through prevention contractors and by providing direct education, training, consultation, technical assistance and resources to Orange County communities, professionals, schools, businesses, residents and contract providers. ADEPT conducts a variety of research-based community projects and school-based projects that focus on environmental and community change strategies as a means of reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug related problems. Please click on the following link for more details - http://www.ochealthinfo.com/adept/.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the health education supervisor, interns will work with the ADEPT Health Education Team to develop, implement and evaluate ADEPT's non-contracted community and school-based prevention programs and campaigns. Duties may include one or more of the following:
  • Assist in designing, implementing and evaluating community and school-based programs designed to reduce alcohol and other drug abuse problems.
  • Collect community need and resource assessment information.
  • Implement interventions such as training, community organization, education and community mobilization.
  • Research alcohol-, tobacco- and other drug-related issues.
  • Provide resources and technical assistance to community organizations and schools to assist in the development of their alcohol and drug prevention programs.

Educational Requirements:
This position is best suited for undergraduate- or graduate-level students majoring in health sciences, social sciences or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have some experience in advocacy, policy, public relations and/or community organization, and have a passion for alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

Time Commitment:
Minimum 10 – 15 hours per week for one quarter/semester. Hours may be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Internship schedules may include some evening and weekend hours, but services are generally provided Monday through Friday during regular business hours. 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 position, interns will gain knowledge of and exposure to the process of community planning, including implementation and evaluation of ATOD prevention programs. In addition, students will gain experience in conducting community needs assessments and outreach to community coalitions. They will broaden their knowledge of ATOD research and policies impacting the field.

Additional Comments:
Driving to community meetings is often required; therefore, interns must have a valid driver’s license.
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