Chicago Department of Public Health
Epidemiology Student Intern
Location: Chicago, IL
Number of Vacancies: 2
Desired Start Date: June 1, 2017
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is looking for two interns to join the Office of Epidemiology and take a leadership role on one of the projects listed below. We’re looking for people with a passion for using civic data to inform health policy and reduce health inequities. This summer, our internships are focused on analyzing, visualizing and/or disseminating data from the Healthy Chicago Survey.
What would you be doing?
- Taking the lead on one of the projects listed below. The descriptions serve as guidelines — we’ll work together to develop the specifics.
- Conducting analysis and interpreting results.
- Presenting your findings to CDPH staff and/or community, non-profit and academic partners.
- Gaining exposure to all aspects of managing and administering the Healthy Chicago Survey, including questionnaire development, complex survey design, data collection, analysis and dissemination.
- Other program support as needed.
What are we looking for?
- You should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a social science or an analytics-focused discipline, such as public health, public policy, statistics, data science, social work, urban planning, etc.
- You’re self-directed, motivated and curious.
- You’re a great communicator and have an interest in telling compelling stories with data.
- You should have some experience using a statistical software package such as SAS, STATA or R and/or mapping software such as ArcGIS or QGIS. You should be very comfortable using Excel.
- You care about Chicago, its communities and its residents.
- Understanding neighborhood effects on health. Combine Healthy Chicago Survey data with other datasets in order to answer questions like: “Does gentrification impact health?” or “Does someone with a low income have better health outcomes if they live in a wealthy neighborhood?” or “What else, other than proximity, contributes to food access?”
- Identifying key health issues for priority populations. Work to understand the health of a specific population, such as recent immigrants, older adults, or Asian Americans. You might ask questions like “How does income influence the relationship between race and health?” or “What do we need to do to ensure that seniors can age in place?”
- Chronic disease management. Using the Healthy Chicago Survey, electronic health records and/or hospitalization discharge datasets, explore disparities in asthma or diabetes prevalence and identify ways to prevent costly and potentially life-threatening complications that result from poor management.
- Data dissemination. Focus on how to make the Healthy Chicago Survey more accessible to the public. This might include working towards an open, public-use dataset, developing innovative ways for communities to access data or designing data visualizations.
Note: The position will be part-time for approximately 10-15 hours per week for 12 to 16 weeks, with some flexibility in scheduling. Our office is located at 333 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60604.
This is a temporary position ending September 30, 2017. Extensions may be granted in special circumstances. Internships are limited to a maximum of one year.
This internship is unpaid, but can be used for academic credit. We can work with you to ensure that it satisfies your program’s practicum or capstone requirements.
How to apply:
Please send your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a paragraph (no more than one page) explaining which of the projects you’re most interested in and why you’d be a great addition to our team, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Healthy Chicago Survey Intern in the subject line. No phone calls.
Applications will be accepted continuously but will be given priority if received before 11:59 PM April 16, 2017. Interviews will be held between April 24 and May 15.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO