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Job Title: Prevention Intern (Summer Cohort)
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Organization: SAMHSA Prevention Fellowship/Intern Program
Posted: 3/8/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Community Health
Industry: Other
Number of Openings: 15
Location: Multiple Locations,      USA
Compensation: $18- 20 per hour
Position Description: Now Accepting Applications for Summer Cohort for 2018 Prevention Internship Program.

Each Intern is assigned to a mentor within participating Tribe or Tribal organization. The mentor will be responsible for helping the intern to identify training needs in the community and build capacity for integrating behavioral health prevention services within the assigned Tribal organization’s prevention infrastructure. In addition, the Prevention Internship will assist each intern in the development and implementation of a Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) service plan for his or her tribal community. Interns will use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process to ensure that the Intern TA sessions are structured, effective, sustainable, culturally appropriate, and responsive to identified needs.

An intern’s responsibilities may include designing, coordinating, implementing, or assessing the performance of prevention coalition programs. The work may include participating in data collection and program evaluation; developing prevention plans to increase substance misuse awareness; developing prevention education programs; and preparing and maintaining reports, records, and documents pertaining to funding sources.

Other duties may include • serving on evaluation and planning committees; • writing and reviewing grants; • offering technical assistance services; • developing literature for outreach presentations, meetings, forums, and trainings; • overseeing prevention, outreach, and referral contracts; • conducting research; and • developing a substance misuse prevention toolkit as part of a substance misuse social marketing campaign.

Throughout the Internship, Interns may engage in (but not limited to) the following activities: • identify community assets and available resources for prevention services • develop the ability to identify a community’s capacity for data-driven decision making aimed at improving community public health and substance misuse prevention • participate in community mobilization activities that address substance misuse issues. • deliver technical assistance to tribal communities • adapt prevention programs that are culturally appropriate for tribal communities • conduct literature review and needs assessments • develop media campaigns, fact sheets, and prevention education curricula

Each intern is required to adhere to her or his specific roles and responsibilities. These roles and responsibilities frame the content of work to be performed and evaluated.

Qualifications: Individuals seeking selection into the Internship program must meet the following criteria and provide associated documentation:

(1) U.S. citizenship or U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions residency; (2) At least two (2) years of study (or 60 credit hours) from an accredited academic institution, with an emphasis in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas. In addition, students currently enrolled at a community college and who will earn their Associate Degree in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas by May 31, 2017, are also eligible to apply; (3) Two letters of recommendation from an academic and/or professional reference; (4) A detailed essay of no more than two pages on why the candidate should be selected for the internship, and how selection would support his or her career goals; and (5) Experience in substance misuse prevention and/or behavioral health prevention and promotion.

*Preference may be given to American Indian or Alaskan Native applicants and graduates of Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Organization Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) launched the Prevention Fellowship Program in 2006 in an effort to build a workforce of prevention professionals. The Prevention Fellowship Program (PFP) has two components: a Prevention Fellowship Program, and a Prevention Internship Program (established in 2010). During their program experience, fellows and interns focus on acquiring the necessary skills for success in the fields of substance misuse prevention and behavioral health. The fellowship and internship programs prepare fellows and interns to provide capacity-building Technical Assistance (TA) to support integration of behavioral health prevention services in their state, tribe, or jurisdictions. In addition to building competencies in diverse areas of public, behavioral, and allied health practice, fellows and interns have opportunities to develop critical research, writing, evaluation, and presentation skills within a structured training program.

Since 2006, the Prevention Fellowship Program has served over 250 fellows and interns. 45 States, 8 Territories, 3 National Organizations, 8 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grantees, and 11 Tribal organizations have supported the PFP by providing mentorship and field placements to fellows and interns.

Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (Synergy) has managed this program since 2009. Synergy is a Maryland-based company that provides information technology and management consulting services to a steadily growing local, national, and international clientele in the public and private sectors.

Closing Date: 4/6/2018
Desired Starting Date: 5/16/2018
Contact Name: Leika M. Inniss,  Prevention Intern
Contact Location: 8757 Georgia Avenue
Suite 1440
Silver Spring   MD  20910
Contact Location: 8757 Georgia Avenue
  Suite 1440
  Silver Spring   MD  20910
Contact Phone: 2404851700 3287
Contact Fax: 240-485-1709
Contact Email:
Web Address:
How to Apply: Visit our website and complete an online application, which includes submitting your resume, 2 letters of recommendation, and composing an essay of why you should be selected to participate in the Prevention Internship Program.

Copy/Paste the URL link to the online application in your web browser: ellowship

Additional Information: For more information, please contact our office at 240-485-1700 or email

Web Site Delete Date: 4/7/2018