Job Opportunity with The Praxis Project: Health Justice Intern

Job Description: Health Justice Intern – 2018-2019 academic year

About The Praxis Project

The Praxis Project is a values-driven, national nonprofit organization that seeks to improve health justice through partnerships to build community power. Praxis believes strongly that organized communities are critical partners in the struggle to create healthy communities. Praxis works with over 200 diverse grassroots groups across the United States that influence local policy, mobilize communities, and strengthen programs and organizations to improve health justice. Praxis works in strong partnership to enable local efforts to build community power through training, technical assistance, and capacity building services, as well as comprehensive fiscal sponsorship. Our capacity-building programming is focused on partnerships that actively advance Praxis’ mission to build healthy communities by transforming the power relationships and structures that affect our lives. For more information, please visit www.thepraxisproject.org.

The work environment at The Praxis Project is fast-paced, creative, and fun, and our team is hardworking and extremely passionate about our mission. This position will support our ambitious growth and impact goals.

Position summary

Our internships are designed to provide interns with a very real experience of health justice policy, public health training and capacity building, and field organizing. For candidates with extensive training and experience, this will be an opportunity to apply your skills to national projects impacting various communities; for candidates with less direct experience and training, this is an opportunity to learn the current national landscape of community-based organizing, people-centered training methodologies and grassroots campaign strategy, while exploring the fields of public health, health equity and justice, and communications.

The Health Justice Intern (HJI) will report directly to the Praxis Policy Coordinator. Primary responsibilities will include, based on experience:

  • Support the Policy Coordinator and Praxis’ Executive Director with all aspects of Praxis’ health policy programming, including:
    • Supporting Praxis policy and legislative priorities to advance a health equity and justice agenda including contributing research, editing, and writing policy briefs, organizational policy statements, or press releases, and providing administrative support to the Policy Coordinator in contacting legislative offices or partners.
    • Supporting internal and external communications regarding health policy matters.
    • Supporting training and technical assistance efforts relating to health policy.
    • Supporting coalition calls and meetings by coordinating schedules, taking notes, and communicating with partners.
    • Other policy support duties as assigned by the Policy Coordinator and/or Executive Director.
  • Support the expansion and development of Praxis’ training center. This work concentrates on two primary areas:
    • Supporting the development of new training and curricula, and strengthening and streamlining existing materials
    • Coordinating incoming training opportunities, providing support from the start of an engagement to wrap-up and evaluation.
    • Other training support duties as assigned by the Policy Coordinator and/or Assistant Director.
  • Support Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE) in its effort to forge a broad-based movement led by the communities most affected by health inequality in bold, creative and effective ways. This work concentrates on three primary areas:
    • Expanding capacity-building support to partners to address the root causes of health inequities;
    • Leveraging our networks to advance national initiatives that connect communities with national foundations
    • Developing tools and resources based on our extensive evaluation data to improve equity practice in the field
    • Other CCHE support duties as assigned by the Policy Coordinator and/or Assistant Director or Manager of Field Organizing.

This is a paid, part-time (10-20 hours per week), temporary, non-exempt, partial-benefits-eligible position based in Oakland, CA.

Our internships are paid ($16-$20/hour) depending on experience. We also welcome interns that have their own funding or who are eligible for work study.

General roles

  • Fosters an environment that promotes trust and cooperation among partners and staff.
  • Understands Praxis’ mission, values and principles and applies them in work responsibilities.
  • Works collaboratively with other programmatic staff to achieve overall program goals.

Required qualifications: education and experience

  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to equity and justice issues through either personal experience, past employment, or volunteer opportunities;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required;
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops/trainings preferred but not required.
  • Excellent and demonstrable research, writing and communications skills;
  • Detail and problem-solving oriented;
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mixtec, Triqui  especially writing, is a plus;
  • Tenacity to see assignments through to the end.

Desired qualifications: skills, knowledge, and abilities

  • Basic knowledge of people-centered educational methodologies;
  • Strong layout/graphic design skills (experience with Photoshop or similar programs preferred);
  • Experience with data visualization (including development of infographics)

Mental and physical demands

  • Fast-paced work environment.
  • High level of concentration and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds is required.
  • Time speaking and listening: (range 25–50%).
  • Praxis has two offices, additional remote staff, and partners based all over the country. Participating in remote video and telephone conferences is required.
  • The internship may require occasional travel to other parts of the US that will be paid by Praxis.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Praxis Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, religious creed, disability (mental and physical) including HIV, AIDS, and AIDS-related conditions, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

How to apply

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this internship as well as your resume or CV to Aishah Abdala, Program Assistant, at aabdala@thepraxisproject.org with “Praxis Internship” in the subject line. You must include a cover letter with your resume or CV in order to be considered. We will begin reviewing applications on September 7, 2018. We anticipate making offers by September 21, 2018 for an immediate start date. We have a strong preference for candidates who are available for the entire remainder of the 2018-2019 academic year. Please, no calls.