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Public Health Alliance of Southern California

Policy Internship

Employment type
3-month full-time intership
about 1 month ago
Remote (Southern California preferred)

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance), a coalition of 10 local health departments representing 60% of the State of California’s population, is looking for a Policy Intern to support an update to the Alliance’s Healthy Places Index Policy Action Guides. These 30 guides are tied to measures of health-linked community conditions that are validated with life expectancy at birth, and offer a menu of practical solutions and concrete actions jurisdictions can use to improve community conditions and health. We are making a series of enhancements to our Healthy Places Index (HPI) platform over the coming months, and we are also in the process of expanding HPI beyond California. We are seeking a candidate with some experience in research and policy to assist us in completing the policy guide portion of these enhancements and position us for national expansion. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) approximately 3-month internship with an anticipated start date of mid-June 2021. This position will be working remotely.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct a research and policy scan of evidence-based, expert-informed, and promising practices that improve health outcomes, increase life expectancy, advance health equity, and address the social determinants of health. The scan will include policies recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other prominent national and global public health research and policy institutions. Focus will be on policies in the following categories:
  • The eight HPI policy action areas (economic, social, education, transportation, neighborhood, housing, clean environment, and healthcare access)
  • Climate change and health vulnerability
  • Health and racial equity 
  • Census participation, civic engagement and political activism
  • Review and crosswalk the existing Healthy Places Index (HPI) Policy Action Guides with the research and policy scan, and:
  • Notate which policies are evidence-based, expert-informed and/or emerging/promising practices
  • Identify gaps where additional policies can be added from the research and policy scan
  • Write up additional policy descriptions to fill gaps in the existing guides. 
  • Update the guides on the Alliance website with the notations and additional policies
  • Participate in professional development opportunities with the Public Health Alliance team



  • Current student or recent graduate (fall 2020 or spring 2021) of a Master’s level program or higher in Public Health, Public Policy, Urban Planning or a related field, or currently pursuing a post-Master’s degree in one of these fields. 
  • 1-2 years academic or work experience in public health, public policy, urban planning or a related field
  • Some experience in policy research and analysis, and comfort with synthesizing and compiling large amounts of information into a cohesive and succinct format. 
  • Some experience analyzing programs/policies and their impact on public health and health equity.
  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health and the underlying root causes of health and inequity. 
  • A team player who can work well with a small but dedicated, cohesive and high performing staff, and deep project management skills. 
  • Oral and written communication skills 
  • Determination to achieve outcomes, complete tasks, and deliver on professional commitments
  • Sensitivity to varied interests of many stakeholders, partners, advocates, elected officials, and colleagues


Important Information

  • This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) that lasts for three months
  • This is a fully remote position, and the individual chosen for this position will be expected to work from their home office
  • Southern California candidates preferred
  • The application deadline is May 28, 2021


Organizational Relationships

This position reports to the Alliance’s Director of Operations, and works collaboratively with Alliance members, staff, consultants, and other partners to advance equity.  

To apply

Please apply here and submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application. Paper or email applications will not be considered

  • In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you think you are a good fit for the position