Unpaid Practicum/Capstone Opportunity

Unpaid Practicum/Capstone Opportunity 

Organization Summary

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide community focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute committed to ensuring all Louisianans have just and fair opportunities to be healthy and well. Our work focuses on areas that touch public health, including tobacco prevention and control, building healthier communities, assessing needs of communities, supporting the whole health needs of individuals and families from early childhood to older adults, COVID-19, and more. We create authentic partnerships with both communities and partners to align action for health.

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, as well as 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 collaborate with public health professionals while fulfilling course and/or degree requirements. Position will be approximately six months or as necessary to complete university requirements.

The scope of this student’s responsibilities will be determined based on prior experience and qualifications of the selected candidate. The candidate will help support coordination of activities and an individual scope of work will be developed within one or more of the focus areas below based upon the candidate’s interest, experience, and qualifications as well as LPHI’s needs.

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 degree in public health, public administration, nonprofit leadership, marketing and communications, or related field and in need of practicum/field experience hours to complete degree requirements
  • Interest in public health or related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Varies depending on scope of work
  • Responsibilities will be determined based on organization and project needs and student interest
  • Examples may include but are not limited to:

          Policy Development/Program Planning

  • Research and design briefs, one-pagers and summaries on specific public health topics
  • Determine the feasibility and expected outcomes of policy options
  • Develop and coordinate programs and activities
  • Support quality improvement and evaluation projects
  • Gather information relevant to specific public health policy issues and develop policy recommendations
  • Research innovative and emerging public health programming in our priority public health areas.

         Advocacy and Relationship Management

  • Collaborate on the development of an advocacy or social media campaign
  • Help explore new partnerships and grant opportunities
  • Promote public health policies, programs, and resources
  • Provide support and assistance in funding opportunities and grant writing

         Operational Advancement

  • Help inform strategy and approach for the organization to advance operational effectiveness and impact
  • Develop processes, tools, guidelines and recommendations to support operational priorities
  • Research leading nonprofit organizations and public health peer network organizations exploring best practice and innovative organizational structures, programming, performance metrics, annual reports, publications, and websites
  • Contribute to the measuring, reporting and continuous improvement of organizational performance.

         Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • Analyze, interpret, and summarize de-identified survey data or public records data
  • Support needs assessments
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs
  • Organize, analyze, summarize and visualize data for a report

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Ability to think proactively and function independently
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and partners
  • Strong emotional intelligence skills, including experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated practice of a learning orientation
  • Ability to champion and manage change
  • Ability to deliver with quality and impact
  • Demonstrated ability to apply systems thinking and act strategically
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications


Equal Opportunity Employer