Community Education Group (CEG) is looking for interested undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates for a one or two semester internship with the Policy and Advocacy Team. The length of this position is negotiable. This position will support CEG’s advocacy work across the Appalachian region. The Policy Intern is responsible for carrying out data collection activities, including significant contributions to the Appalachia Opioid Remediation project which catalogues opioid settlement spending decisions across 13 states. The Policy Intern will also represent CEG on calls and meetings with local, statewide, and national coalitions in order to support CEG’s highest priority public policy and regulation aims, and may lead local or state-specific advocacy projects. Moreover, the Policy Intern provides support in the research, writing, and production of a variety of policy content, including letters, press releases, issue briefs, white papers, blog posts, conference abstracts, and social media collateral.
About the Organization:
Founded and led since 1992 by Executive Director A. Toni Young, CEG’s mission was to address the health, socio-economic, environmental, and systemic challenges facing the Black community by creating and enhancing community and peer-based outreach and service programs. CEG’s mission has since evolved to encompass all underserved communities that are affected by health outcome and health access disparities, with particular focus on those in rural Appalachia. For 30 years, CEG has provided culturally appropriate direct client support services, organizational TTA, capacity-building assistance, social marketing, media outreach, health promotion, and community-based research and evaluation to address pressing health needs and to create change in regard to achieving health equity.
Today, CEG is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization working to eliminate disparities in health outcomes and improve public health in disadvantaged populations and under-served communities, especially those in rural areas. CEG is committed to ending the HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) syndemic throughout Appalachia. We accomplish this by analyzing research, training community health workers, sharing our expertise through national networks and local capacity building efforts, and advocating for practical and effective health policies that lead to social change.
Community Education Group (CEG) is looking for interested undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates for a one or two semester internship with the Policy and Advocacy Team. The length of this position is negotiable. This position will support CEG’s advocacy work across the Appalachian region.
The Policy Intern is responsible for carrying out data collection activities, including significant contributions to the Appalachia Opioid Remediation project which catalogues opioid settlement spending decisions across 13 states. The Policy Intern will also represent CEG on calls and meetings with local, statewide, and national coalitions in order to support CEG’s highest priority public policy and regulation aims, and may lead local or state-specific advocacy projects. Moreover, the Policy Intern provides support in the research, writing, and production of a variety of policy content, including letters, press releases, issue briefs, white papers, blog posts, conference abstracts, and social media collateral.
This is a fully remote position with some opportunities to travel. Preference will be given to those living in and/or with connections to the rural regions of the 13 states of Appalachia: AL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV.
As negotiated at the time of hire.
Agency-Wide Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supports the mission, vision and values of CEG.
- Complies willingly with all organizational policies and procedures.
- Supports and facilitates positive interaction with others by exhibiting:
o Individual maturity;
o Respect for others;
o A team-centered approach;
o Cultural humility;
o Maintenance of confidential information.
- Communicates appropriate information to their supervisor and other departments in a timely and effective manner.
- Attends weekly staff meetings, on time and prepared with requested materials and updates.
- Attends weekly check-ins with whomever is their direct supervisor.
- Attends monthly Appalachian Partnership Consortium meetings.
- Attends at least one virtual or in-person conference.
- Identify the appropriate contacts in local, state, and federal governments, agencies, and other organizations to build and maintain professional relationships.
- Represent CEG on various policy coalition calls as deemed fit by the Policy Director.
- Draft, conduct research for and help develop content for CEG one-pagers, talking points, issue briefs, related charts and visuals, infographics, and presentations to be used with selected internal or external audiences to advance CEG policy and/or state and federal relations activities.
- Ensure social media content is timely, relevant, and that it supports the policy department’s initiatives, issues, and projects.
- Attend and reports on briefings, hearings, coalition meetings, and conference calls as needed.
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with legislative staff and outside experts from academia, coalition partners, and other community-based organizations.
- Work closely with the Policy Team on initiatives related to opioid settlement tracking as part of the Appalachia Opioid Remediation project.
- Support advocacy initiatives in one or more Appalachian states related to issues that impact the syndemic of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and substance use disorder.
- Function as part of a professional team.
- Attend all-staff meetings, trainings and other events as requested.
- Self-manage work projects and timelines.
- Communicate work progress and challenges immediately with supervisor.
- Ensure all work is completed well and on-time.
- Demonstrate good to excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers – Especially with Zoom and the Microsoft Office suite of programs (e.g. – Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Teams).
- Prioritize maintenance and learning of skills conducive to working with diverse populations.
- Other duties as assigned.
- This position is designed for individuals in an undergraduate or graduate program with no more than two (2) semesters to completion of your program, or for someone recently graduated and seeking opportunities to enter the non-profit health advocacy workforce.
- Completed course work in the areas engaging in: Health Policy, Public Health, and/or Political Science.
- Has familiarity with the principles of harm reduction and/or advocacy issues related to HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, or substance use disorders.
- Preferably has at least 1 year of experience working on issues related to HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and/or substance use disorders.
- Be able to communicate effectively with staff as well as CEG partner organizations, public and elected officials, and other external parties.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill in a variety of computer software applications such as Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Calendar, Teams), Adobe Acrobat, and social media platforms.
General Skill Requirements:
- Excellent self-management, communication, and team-based participation.
- Excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and presentation skills.
- Exemplary ability to manage multiple tasks using independent judgment and discretion.
- Ability to work appropriately and effectively with diverse age groups, racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender-identity minorities, and with neurodiverse communities.
- Ability to work independently and accurately in a high-paced, deadline-oriented environment, particularly while working remotely.
- Ability to plan while remaining flexible enough to pivot with urgency.
- Ability to capture values and organizational culture in writing and other communications efforts.
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
- Ability to read, write and converse in English.
- Ability to communicate efficiently with staff, stakeholders, and vendors.
- Ability to remain calm and composed under stress.
- Bending, lifting, grasping, fine hand/eye coordination, pushing/pulling, and/or prolonged sitting/standing.
- Ability to respond to telephones and other auditory stimulation.
- Ability to organize.
- Quantitative/mathematical ability (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, standard measurements).
- Ability to evaluate/interpret information and make independent judgments/decisions.
Interns will be expected to work most of their time between the hours of 9am-5pm EST, Monday through Friday, but exact working hours are flexible. Interns will work no more than 20 hours per week, but the precise number of hours is also negotiable at time of hire depending on internship requirements and CEG needs.
Interns will be paid $18.00 per hour and will receive a letter of reference upon a successful internship completion.
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample. People of color, people living with HIV, people with lived experience of substance use disorder, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply. Initial screenings will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls or emails please.
$18 - $18 per hour