University of Nebraska Medical Center


Internship opportunity with Community Population Health Initiative Focusing on Childhood Physical Activity

College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

We are seeking interns to join our team examining community development, physical activity, nutrition and health promotion for children.  Interns will be working under the auspices of an innovative 5-year community randomized trial funded by the National Cancer Institute titled Whole-of-Community Systems Intervention for Youth Population Physical Activity (RO1R01CA215420-01A1).  

The internship experience is intended for individuals interested in pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree and would like to gain more research and field experience. Interns will have the opportunity to develop skills such as quantitative data collection (observation and accelerometry); qualitative data collection; and peer review paper, report, and grant writing skills. The work will be under the guidance of Professor and Endowed Community Chair, David Dzewaltowski. Interns should initiate the application process by submitting a cover letter and resume directly to sara.norgelas@unmc.edu.

Our work is housed in the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and is supported by an endowment.  The team contributes to three overarching aims: 1) Contribution to social ecological systems theory development; 2) Evaluation of population health community-wide and organization (child care, schools, after-school program, youth clubs, youth sport) systems development strategies to improve childhood development, physical activity, nutrition, and obesity; and (3) Identification of the distribution and determinants of inequities in community population health of children through observation of community and organization systems.