Unpaid Practicum/Capstone Opportunity, HIV Research

Unpaid Practicum/Capstone Opportunity 

Organization Summary

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute that translates evidence into strategy to optimize health ecosystems. Our work focuses on uncovering complementary connections across sectors to combine the social, economic, and human capital needed to align action for health. We champion health for people, within systems, and throughout communities because we envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.

We are a highly experienced team of professionals who are dedicated to making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of Louisiana residents. Our partners represent a broad range of stakeholders including government, academia, healthcare systems and providers, mental health and social services, community-based organizations, policy makers, business leaders and community advocates. We work together to build community capacity and resilience and to address social, economic, and racial factors that impact health outcomes.

Position Summary

This is a non-paid, practicum or capstone position that will provide a student with the opportunity to apply public health evaluation and research skills on the Baton Rouge Positive Pathway study, which assesses the feasibility and accessibility of using financial incentives to improve linkage/retention in medical care and achieve viral suppression. The selected student will work closely with LPHI staff on quantitative data management, cleaning, and analysis of primary and secondary data.

An ideal candidate will develop confidence in professional development skills through:

  • Integrating and applying classroom knowledge into a public health work setting
  • Understanding and being able to articulate how public health practice will inform their professional development
  • Identifying the numerous roles of the public health professional as they relate to practice
  • Shadowing public health professionals and leaders
  • Ongoing professional mentorship (including weekly supervision)
  • Building professional capacity and relationships with internal public health professionals
  • Networking with external entities in communities where LPHI operates to expand and sustain such partnerships and build local capacity to achieve population health improvements.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current student pursuing master's degree in public health or related field.
  • Experience with research methodology
  • Experience in data management, data cleaning, and data analysis
  • Interest in public health, research and/or monitoring and evaluation, HIV/AIDS, and linkage to care programs

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assist LPHI staff with quantitative data management and analysis
  • Assist LPHI staff with data entry
  • Support LPHI staff in writing reports and dissemination efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong quantitative research skills
  • Ability to learn new subject areas quickly
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis software, i.e. STATA, SAS, R, etc.
  • Ability to visually display data
  • Ability to function independently and as a team member
  • Strong organizational skills


Equal Opportunity Employer