Scholarly Engagement Opportunities
The Collaboratory for Health Justice facilitates various opportunities for community partners to engage with students. Read below to find an opportunity suited to your commitment availabilities.
Joint RA-ship with Collaboratory & Office of Community Health Needs Assessment
The Project: Transform
Transform uses a combination of data analysis and community input to envision new ways in which the health needs of communities can be served to be more community-defined and effective by informing the Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) funding decisions. We, the Collaboratory and the Office of Community Health Needs Assessment, are seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to support the Transformation project’s Community Input sessions. The Graduate Research Assistant will serve in a data capturing and structuring capacity for 4-6 focus groups held with community members on the West and South Sides of Chicago.
This role will be a 30-40 hour commitment over 3-4 weeks (late September through early October). It will involve training, detailed notetaking during 4-6 focus groups, and summarizing and structuring the data after the sessions. It will also involve participating in several analysis sessions with the broader Community Input team.
Contact the Collaboratory at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
The Applied Practice Experience(8-12 weeks or academic term)
Applied Practice Experience is a short (8-12 weeks) and long term (academic year) commitments. We work with our partners to refine projects for students to participate in that will meet the requirements of the Applied Practice Experience. Opportunities will be listed here and updated periodically.
SPH Microinternships (4-6 weeks)
Micro-internships are typically short-term experiences (4-6 weeks) designed to enhance a specific skillset to help students feel better prepared for their future careers. Generally highly-specific and project-based, micro-internships help students build their resume, broaden networks, and develop skills outside the classroom.
Hours per week vary depending on the project and deliverable identified. Projects might include grant writing, program evaluation, community education, research, etc. These shorter-term opportunities allow students to gain community-based experience that enhances and compliments the skills developed through their coursework.
Interested students should contact Michele R Taylor at email@example.com for opportunities and/or guidance on identifying a micro-internship.
UIC and The Collaboratory are facilitating volunteerships with various agencies across Chicago to respond to COVID-related needs. These opportunities vary by organizational need and are flexible to the amount of time you can donate. Volunteerships typically do not count for course credit but do allow students to engage with organizations across the city and fill a gap in immediate needs.
For Partners and Host Sites
Hosting an APE Student
If you are an organization interested in being a site for an MPH Applied Practice Experience or student internship, read more about becoming a preceptor.
If you need assistance determining if your project or site is appropriate for a student placement, contact the the Collaboratory for Health Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit an opportunity for student engagement, please email us at email@example.com