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Title V Internships Transition to Remote Work in Response to Covid-19

By Rebecca Greenleaf, National MCH Workforce Development Center

In response Covid-19 travel restrictions, the Center restructured the Title V MCH Internship program to allow student teams to complete their work remotely. In summer 2020, the Center will support 22 students as they work on projects focused on health transformation for women (particularly mothers), children, and families in Title V agencies in 11 states and one U.S. territory.

The aim of the Title V MCH Internship Program is to provide future MCH professionals with experience working in state Title V agencies. The teams are provided mentorship and guidance from Title V agency preceptors, who in turn receive additional assistance for MCH projects from the intern teams. The ‘team’ aspect of the program allows students to engage and contribute together under the guidance of the agency preceptor and also to learn new knowledge and skills from each other.

To support learning and connection during this remote internship experience, all interns will participate in an enhanced virtual curriculum led by Center staff, coaches, and agency preceptors. The eight weeks of applied learning will cover topics including understanding Title V, peer coaching, mentoring, building a collaborative relationship, and learning to ask for help. Students gain critical exposure to state Title V programs, while simultaneously increasing the capacity in the state in which they are working.