The National MCH Workforce Development Center is sponsoring a NEW paid practicum opportunity for summer 2015. We are seeking graduate students (MPH, doctoral) or recent graduates from the 13 HRSA-funded SPH MCH training programs for a unique opportunity that provides real-world maternal and child health experience. In this Paired Practica Program each graduate student will be paired with an undergraduate student to work together in a state MCH agency.

Goal of State Projects
The aim of the MCH Paired Practica Program is to assist state Title V agencies in implementing projects focused on improving access to care in the context of health reform. Click here to review this year’s projects.

Stipend & Availability
Each student will receive a stipend ($3,500) to support summer living expenses. We expect to provide stipends to five teams of graduate (MPH or doctoral) and undergraduate students during summer 2015. Students should be available from approximately May 19, 2015 to August 11, 2015; students are required to work on-site at the agency (this work cannot be done remotely). MPH and undergraduate students are generally expected to work 360 hours (or 9 weeks); there is no particular limit for doctoral students. The graduate student or recent graduate will be expected to provide assistance to the undergraduate student team member during this program, serving as a mentor.

MCH Leadership Training
All the students in the program will be required to participate in MCH Leadership Training. This will include background training on the Affordable Care Act and state implementation of health reform, an initial self-assessment to determine MCH leadership strengths and monthly group discussions (conference calls). Graduate students will also receive training on serving as a mentor. These activities are aimed at increasing the students’ MCH leadership, team building, and mentoring skills.

Student Application
Graduate students (MPH, doctoral) and recent graduates
Graduate students (MPH, doctoral) and recent graduates (those who will graduate in spring 2015) who are interested in participating in this program have to complete an online application and upload a personal statement, one letter of recommendation, and a resume.

The statement should be one-two pages and provide the Selection Committee with a complete understanding of the student’s academic history and potential. It should include a discussion of educational and professional goals as well as how participation in the MCH Paired Practica Program will help facilitate and or enhance those goals. Students will also be asked to list the top two projects they prefer to work on (list of state projects available through link above).

Click here to complete the application

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students from Howard University must complete a word version of the application and submit it to Valora Bishop. The application has four parts:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Student Essay/Personal Statement
  3. One letter of Recommendation
  4. Resume

Click here for further instructions and to download the application.

All the applications are due on February 5, 2015 by 4pm CST. Decisions will be announced by March 9, 2015. Applicants who are selected are required to notify the MCH Paired Practica Program Coordinator, Jaime Klaus at jaimkl@uic.edu of their intention to participate in the internship no later than March 11, 2015. Failure to notify the Program Coordinator by the designated time will result in the internship being awarded to individuals on the waiting list.