IPSH-0119 Public Health Workforce Development Intern

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The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is a regional organization of Washington area local governments. COG is comprised of 23 local governments surrounding our nation's capital, plus area members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. COG is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The purpose of the COG Health Officials Committee (HOC) is to enhance public health knowledge, coordination and services across the COG membership and National Capital Region to improve the health and well-being of the all the populations within the following jurisdictions:

 District of Columbia
 Charles County, Maryland
 Frederick County, Maryland
 Montgomery County, Maryland
 Prince George’s County, Maryland
 Alexandria City, Virginia
 Arlington County, Virginia
 Fairfax County, Virginia
 Loudoun County, Virginia
 Prince William County, Virginia

The COG HOC has an internship opportunity to assist in the enhancement of public health workforce development in the region. This position will support the COG Principal Health Planner with project development, logistical support, and the participation/preparation for various meetings.


Position Description:
 The intern, under the direction of COG, will partner with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to pilot the Public Health Learning Navigator Quality Assessment Tool. The NNPHI is currently developing the Public Health Learning Navigator as a national resource tool to identify high quality trainings among 70+ training sites.
 Using the Quality Assessment Tool, the intern will provide systematic reviews of courses in topic areas identified by the Health Officials. Training topics will be cross-cutting skills that can be applied across different disciplines and jurisdictions. Such topic areas may include systems thinking, information & analytics, communicating persuasively, policy engagement, change management, problem solving, diversity and inclusion, and/or resource management.
 The intern will present project updates during the Health Officials Committee (HOC) monthly meetings.


Applicant should be a current student or recent graduate in planning, public administration, public health, public health policy, planning, or related field. Graduate level preferred.

Position requires excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

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