The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is a champion for public health in the Commonwealth. We are a catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and promoting healthy communities for all. As a statewide organization, MPHA engages local leaders, state organizations, public officials, and others to improve the health of all the Commonwealth’s residents. MPHA uses an effective combination of advocacy, education, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to secure investments in public health, promote health equity, and bolster our public health infrastructure. In all our work, we seek to improve the social conditions in neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces that have an impact on health and to listen to the voices and priorities of communities most impacted by health inequities.
Promoting racial justice is a core component of MPHA’s work and identity. As MPHA pursues policy changes to promote health equity, we strive to confront the history of systemic racism and other forms of oppression that have been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework guides our external work and internal practices in addressing all forms of health inequities. The framework places special emphasis on racial inequities because we believe that this injustice needs explicit attention.
Student Intern Roles and Responsibilities
Student interns will play an important role in policy analysis, research, writing, and advocacy on key MPHA policy priorities. Student interns may act as the lead on one or more projects over the course of the semester(s), to be determined based on matching student interest and skills with organizational need. In addition, students will play a support role on other projects, working closely with MPHA staff. Projects may include:
- Research and writing on policy priorities, including the drafting of policy papers, presentations, fact sheets, and press releases
- Supporting advocacy activities, which may include bill tracking, legislative outreach, and briefings
- Participating in MPHA state budget advocacy, including analyzing the state budget, drafting statements, filing budget amendments, and working with coalition allies to advocate for public health funding
- Designing new training and capacity building activities to support local public health leaders
- Supporting MPHA events, including the MPHA Annual Meeting and Spring Awards Breakfast
- Supporting evaluation activities of MPHA’s advocacy and organizing
- Data analysis
Desired Skills and Qualifications
- Graduate student in public health, social work (macro), communications or related field (advanced undergraduate students with relevant work or volunteer experience may be considered)
- Experience with community organizing or advocacy – either paid or volunteer
- Excellent communications skills – writing and speaking
- Commitment to public health, prevention, and health equity
- Highly organized and motivated
Commitment + Pay
- Minimum time commitment is two semesters across the academic year (September – May) for 12-20 hours/week. MPHA will post separately for semester-long internships and summer internships as they are available.
- We encourage all student interns to seek funding from their educational institution or other sources. For student interns without outside funding, MPHA will pay a stipend of up to $5500 per semester at a rate of up to $22 per hour for graduate students and $18 per hour for undergraduate (less if students have partial funding from other sources).
- MPHA is not able to provide student interns with a computer. Student interns will be expected to use their own laptop.
Student interns must be based in Massachusetts for the duration of the internship and must be able to travel to Boston from time to time as needed. Currently, all MPHA staff and interns are working primarily remotely and travelling to the office one day per week. We anticipate a gradual return to the office at some point in 2023, depending on public health guidance. We may also return to fully remote work.
The application cycle for the 2023-24 academic year 8-month internship is open from February 1, 2023 to February 28, 2023. The application is for a two-semester long internship. We will post separately for shorter (semester and summer) internships as they become available.
Using the online application form, send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (no more than 5 pages and related to advocacy work).
If you are a BUSPH student seeking a practicum placement, please indicate that in your cover letter.
Applications will only be accepted during the month of February. Applications must be submitted through the online form.