Internship Program

Four HPW interns standing in front of the HPW health hut

The Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) Internship is a paid ($11/hour), part-time (10 hours/week) position. Interns must commit for the full academic year and attend monthly meetings on Fridays from 10am-1pm.

HPW Interns will work with HPW staff on campus health projects. Here are the positions available:

Application:

Internship positions are currently filled. Please check back in March-April 2019.

Qualifications:

We are seeking students with the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:

​Required Qualifications

  • Open to Undergraduate & Graduate students
  • Commit to one academic year
  • Available for weekly meetings on Fridays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to thoughtfully receive supervision and feedback
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to think creatively around health/wellness issues and topic areas

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Background and knowledge around topics in health and wellness
  • Ability to advocate for health and social justice issues
  • Experience developing multimedia
  • Previous volunteer and work experience with diverse populations

Internship Job Descriptions

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Internship 

The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) interns will be responsible for assisting with projects that promote and advocate for students to make healthy choices. ATOD interns will assist in the overarching goal of increasing physical, mental, social, and sexual health of SF State students through the reduction of risky drinking practices, tobacco and nicotine, and other drug use. Projects will fall under the following topic areas to achieve:

  • Increase use of protective behaviors (steps you take to have a good night and a good morning) while drinking, specifically with male-identified students, in an effort reduce incidence of unprotected sex, accidents due to impairment in judgement, and self-harm.
  • Increase utilization of on- and off- campus resources for support for tobacco and nicotine use & decrease use of tobacco and nicotine products-use among SF State students.
  • Increase knowledge of campus and statewide laws and policies & decrease use of cannabis product-use among SF State students.
  • Increase percentage of SF State students who are able to self-identify as struggling with substance use/abuse and seek help as a result.
  • Increase feelings of connectedness among students who may identify as leading a substance-free life to San Francisco State University and their peers to promote retention and graduation.
  • Increase percentage of students who properly use prescription drugs on campus.

Experience or interest in event planning, coordinating/supervising student staff, and promoting healthy choices surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs preferred.

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Basic Needs Internship

The Basic Needs Intern will have the opportunity to work on and develop various campus-wide health programs and projects focusing on food insecurity and housing instability (aka hunger and homelessness). Examples of projects include working on the development of a leftover food app, expanding the on-campus CalFresh assistance program, and helping with the creation and implementation of programs and policies to address hunger and homelessness. The Intern will have the opportunity to do campus assessments, research of best-practices, and to work with various staff and faculty across the campus. Background, job or academic experience and/or interest in health and wellness related issues preferred.

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Graphic Design Internship 

Graphic design interns will be responsible for assisting with design projects that promote programs, campaigns, and events for all Health Promotion & Wellness topic areas. The graphic design interns may be responsible for designing posters, flyers, infographics, digital display images, banners, and graphics for social media and web. Must be proficient with Adobe Creative Suite and have experience working in both print and digital formats. Experience or interest in health and wellness topics preferred. 

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Men's Health Internship 

The Men’s Health intern will be responsible for assisting with efforts that promote and advocate for men’s health issues, including (but not limited to) violence reduction, mental wellness, sexual health, and substance use. Through critical analysis of the intersection between gender, culture, and health, the Men’s Health intern will help develop and implement projects designed with professional staff and maintain initiatives targeted at broadening the definition of masculinity to better promote healthful behavior.  The Men’s Health intern may be responsible for media campaigns, research of best-practices in scientific literature, outreach projects, project evaluation, and other duties as assigned. Additionally, the Men’s Health intern may be responsible for implementation of health education and promotion programs in residence halls, classes, student organizational meetings, or other settings. Experience or interest in men’s health issues preferred. 

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Mental Health Internship 

The Mental Health interns will have an opportunity to plan and implement projects that address topics of mental health. Mental Health intern will participate in working with campus partners to improve access and awareness of mental health services and reducing mental health stigma through outreach programming Projects will fall under the following topic areas to achieve: The Mental Health interns will have an opportunity to plan and implement projects that address topics of mental health including stress, sleep, and suicide prevention. Mental Health interns will participate in working with campus partners to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce mental health stigma through outreach programming. Mental Health interns will also be a part of Active Minds, a student led organization on campus that is changing the conversation about mental health. Projects will fall under the following areas:

  • Increase the proportion of students who receive information on stress reduction from SF State
  • Increase the proportion of students who receive information on suicide from SF State
  • Increase help seeking behavior amongst SF State students of color and first year students
  • Reduce stigma around mental health and seeking support at SF State 

General duties will include reporting program statistics, monitoring and responding to emerging mental health topics, conducting formative research and completing other administrative duties as needed. Experience or interest in mental health related issues and community organizing preferred. 

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Nutrition Internship 

Nutrition interns will be responsible for assisting with projects that help to develop sustainable diet and eating habits among SF State students. Projects will fall under three topic areas:

  • Increasing students’ self-efficacy among choosing and practicing healthy eating behaviors,
  • Increasing students’ positive relationships with food, self-care practices, and their bodies,
  • Reducing food insecurity among students.

Background, job, or academic experience and interest in nutrition topic areas preferred.

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Sexual Health Internship 

The Sexual Health interns will be responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating projects that; promote and normalize a sex positive culture at SF State, increase access to safer sex supplies on campus, increase knowledge about safer sex practices in order to reduce STIs and unintended pregnancy and improve self-efficacy around sexual communication. Common projects sexual health interns participate in include:

  • The Condom Caboose- A condom access project that provides free safer sex supplies and on the spot sexual health education to students
  • Sexual health events and campaigns- Large events on campus that align with local or nationally recognized sexual health campaigns for example, National Condom Month, STI Awareness Month, Consent Week etc.
  • Sexual health education materials development- Research, design and develop sexual health education pamphlets, flyers etc.
  • Sexual Health Task Force- Assist with recruitment, meeting development and facilitation for this task force aimed to convene student to discuss and recommend sexual health education programming on campus
  • Workshops- Develop and implement sexual health education workshop series The Birds and The Baes
  • Inventory, stock and sort safer sex supplies

Passion and interest for sexual health education, reproductive justice and all-inclusive sexual health access required. Experience desired but not necessary.

 

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Sexual Violence Prevention Internship 

The Sexual Violence Prevention intern will be responsible for assisting with efforts that promote and advocate the reduction of sexual violence, including (but not limited to) sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. The Sexual Violence Prevention intern will help develop and implement projects designed with professional staff and maintain initiatives to shift campus culture and environment, in order to promote a violence-free community. The intern may be responsible for media campaigns, research of best-practices in scientific literature, outreach projects, project evaluation, and other duties as assigned. Additionally, the intern may be responsible for implementation of health education and promotion programs in residence halls, classes, student organizational meetings, or other settings. Experience or interest in sexual violence prevention preferred.

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Volunteer Coordinator Internship 

 

The Volunteer Coordinators will be responsible for managing and leading the HPW Ambassador program including (but not limited to): personnel management, keeping track of HPW Ambassador participation promotion, creating interactive monthly Mix and Mingles, educating the HPW Ambassadors on bystander intervention, and helping plan the end of the year Culminating Experience. The Volunteer Coordinators will also assist with the expansion of the HPW Ambassador program and provide consultation to the HPW health educators about the program. Experience or interest health and wellness, event planning and coordiation, or volunteer management is preferred.

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