Unpaid Practicum/Field Experience Opportunity

Unpaid Practicum/Field Experience Opportunity 

Organization Summary

The Louisiana Public Health Institute is a statewide, non-profit organization that has been promoting the health and well-being of Louisianans since 1997. LPHI is made up of over 100 employees based throughout the State in all nine Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regions. We accomplish our goals at the local, state, and national levels alongside our over 500 partner organizations, which include communities, community-based organizations, foundations, healthcare systems, academic institutions, government agencies, and a diverse group of additional stakeholders. Our impact is felt across the state as we leverage our staff expertise and skills in all areas of public health. LPHI was named 2021 The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate Top Workplace and 2021 CityBusiness Best Places to Work. Our mission is to lead and partner with communities to ensure that everyone has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well. At LPHI, we envision a Louisiana where all people will achieve their full potential for health and wellness.

Our Values

  • Accountability. We take responsibility and ownership of our work and our impact on one another, our partners, and our communities.
  • Community-Centered. We model the mantra “Nothing about us without us” in our work that is anchored in communities.
  • Creativity. We approach our work with imagination, ingenuity, and calculated risk-taking as a commitment to progressive transformation.
  • Equity. We are deeply committed to centering diversity, inclusion, justice, and fairness in all that we do.
  • Excellence. We are dedicated to exceeding expectations and are committed to continual improvement through listening, learning, and leadership.
  • Partnership & Trust. We build strong, long-lasting, and committed relationships through collaboration and teamwork, the cornerstones of our efforts to advance health and wellness.

Position Summary

This is a non-paid, practicum position that will provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to collaborate with public health professionals and contribute to LPHI's projects and initiatives while fulfilling course and/or degree requirements. The practicum student will integrate and apply classroom knowledge in a public health work setting with an opportunity to enhance professional development skills.

While LPHI is based in New Orleans, this practicum may have the opportunity to be fulfilled virtually with consistent check-ins, team meetings, and supervision by video conference.  Candidates must have the ability to work fully remotely. The time commitment is part-time and will be based on the student's university requirements. This is an unpaid, non-benefit eligible position.

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.

Our Focus Areas:

  • Community health assessment and health improvement planning
  • Disaster recovery and rapid response
  • Maternal child health and reproductive health
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Racial justice and health equity
  • Research and surveillance registries
  • Rural health

Our Action:

  • Administrative Support and Fiscal Sponsorship. Grants and Contracts Management.
  • Analytics and Data Translation. Community and health outcomes research and data governance and health information infrastructure.
  • Capacity Building and Technical Assistance. Clinical transformation with community-based organizations, healthcare organizations, and communities.
  • Community Action Forums. Convening and building collaboratives.
  • Marketing and Communications. Information and knowledge product development and dissemination.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. Community and health outcomes research.
  • Public Health. Inclusive of addressing social determinants of health.
  • Public Policy. Capacity building, relationship building, and network development.
  • Thought Leadership and Strategic Development. Strategic advisory services for multisector leaders and coalitions.

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.
  • Keen interest in public health or closely related field.
  • Strong communication skills – written and verbal.
  • Well-organized, self-directed, and able to complete multiple tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Ability to function independently and work collaboratively with a team.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

Varies depending on scope of work. Responsibilities will be determined based on organization and project needs as well as 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
  • Conduct literature reviews related to emerging issues, best practice and grant opportunity searches and create reader-friendly briefs and summaries of findings
  • 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

  • Committed to LPHI’s Strategic Plan Priorities, Mission, Vision and Values with ability to demonstrate LPHI’s core competencies
  • Ability to learn new subject areas quickly
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications
  • 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 deliver with quality and impact


Equal Opportunity Employer