Advocacy Intern

Posting Number: #1606

Position Title: Advocacy Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: California/WFH

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

As one of the Public Health Institute’s programs, Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP) conducts community-based research/programs for underserved populations (e.g., gender and ethnic minorities) in the field of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and trauma prevention and treatment. Through collaboration with targeted communities, HIPUP strives to impact health promotion and human rights for underserved communities locally and internationally.

Improving the Wellness for Asian Youth 2 (IWAY2) Project at HIPUP seeks three high school students to assist with advocacy activities regarding trauma-informed care/prevention and youth events addressing mental health issues in Asian American Asian Immigrant (AAAI) communities. IWAY2 aims to provide trauma-informed treatment and other services to reduce psychological symptoms/behavioral problems and provide youth empowerment programs to promote health and well-being for Asian American and immigrant children and families in Alameda County, CA.

The Advocacy Interns will work closely with the IWAY2 Health Educator and take the lead in spreading awareness about the community’s unmet needs regarding traumatic events and stress.

HIPUP is looking for 3 Intern Level 1 candidates.

Employment Type: Part Time

The duration of the Intenship is for one academic year starting in May 2023 and will be a 10% FTE (4 hours per week)

Full pay range for this position: $16.20 to $19.12 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is from $16.20 (minimum) to $17.66 (midpoint) per hour. The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities (Interns can select 1 or more to accomplish during the internship duration)

  • Create social media posts about individual and community action to promote trauma-informed care & prevention for the AAAI community.
  • Create social media posts to spread awareness about trauma-informed care, prevention, and mental health issues in the AAAI community.
  • Contact government representatives and other policy decision-makers to inform them about trauma-informed care and prevention for AAAIs.
  • Identify and develop an advocacy campaign for policy changes regarding AAAI trauma-informed care and prevention.
  • Propose a new project not listed above in collaboration with project staff.


QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be a high school student enrolled in a high school in Alameda County

Other Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Asian culture and ethnic groups
  • Able to obtain a valid California Work Permit by the first day of employment
  • Has strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and also as a team
  • Ability to work 4 hours per week, remotely
  • Has a strong interest in public health, mental health, and AAAI community issues
  • Has graphic designing experience with creating social media posts


Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


EEO Statement

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