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Community / Non Profit
DescriptionThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) established the Prevention Internship in 2011 as a partnership between the Strategic Prevention Framework-Tribal Incentive Grantees (SPF-TIGs), other Tribal organizations and SAMHSA/CSAP’s Prevention Fellowship Program (PFP).
The Prevention Internship, a component of SAMSHA/CSAP’s Prevention Fellowship Program, invites qualified individuals, with strong interest in substance abuse prevention and behavioral health, for a 5-month paid internship program in participating Strategic Prevention Framework Tribal Incentive Grant (SPF TIG) locations and other Tribal Organizations throughout the United States. The PFP is a workforce development program that aims to develop and sustain a well-trained and knowledgeable cadre of prevention professionals who understand and exemplify the principles and best practices of substance abuse prevention. As a component of the PFP, the Prevention Internship aims to develop and expand the workforce of substance abuse prevention professionals who are committed to serving tribal communities.
Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) manages the Prevention Fellowship Programs and facilitates its overall success. SEI supports the development of the program and serves as the primary point of contact for fellows, interns and mentors. SEI is a resource that program participants can turn to for information and guidance throughout the program.
ResponsibilitiesThe Prevention Internship allows interns the opportunity to receive front-line experience in the field of substance abuse prevention within the SPF – TIGs and other Tribal Organizations. The Prevention Internship will focus on providing interns with hands-on experience as well as web-based trainings in substance abuse prevention, epidemiology and evaluations. The interns will learn new techniques, master best practices in the field, and apply knowledge gained from their professional and cultural experiences.
Each intern will be assigned a mentor at his or her SPF-TIG and other Tribal Organizations. The mentor will be responsible for helping the intern to develop skills and learning and for providing the intern with a detailed description regarding his or her roles and responsibilities. An intern’s responsibilities may include designing, coordinating, implementing, or assessing the performance of substance abuse prevention programs. The work may include developing prevention plans to increase substance abuse awareness; developing prevention education programs; organizing and participating in trainings for staff or other organizations; and preparing and maintaining reports, records, and documents pertaining to funding sources, data collection, and program evaluation.
RequirementsIndividuals 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 college from an accredited academic institution (current students who will complete their second year by May 31, 2014 are eligible to apply);
(3) Two letters of recommendation from an academic and/or professional reference;
(4) A detailed essay or paper 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 (to be completed through the online application); and
(5) Experience in substance abuse prevention and/or behavioral health prevention/promotion.
*Preference will be given to American Indian or Alaskan Native applicants and graduates of Tribal Colleges and Universities.