MPH Practicum Internship – Programs & Health Center Support (Summer 2024)

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MPH Practicum Intern Position Summary:

DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of DC’s vulnerable residents by ensuring access to high-quality primary care. Our membership currently includes 9 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) located in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Our members own and operate nearly 60 primary care delivery sites that serve over 200,000 residents.

DCPCA’s Programs & Health Center Support Department supports health centers through technical assistance, face-to-face trainings, webinars, dissemination of resources and peer-to-peer connections. Our work is data-driven, evidence-based, and grounded in QI principles. We seek solutions to systemic healthcare obstacles for vulnerable populations.

In this role, we are seeking a student who wants to gain experience in quality improvement, program management, community engagement, and data analytics with interest in primary care. The ideal candidate brings a broad background of educational and/or professional experience in health informatics, public health and/or health information technology. The Intern will be supporting the improvement of patient outcomes through implementation of evidence-based services, performing a variety of both complex and routine administrative and technical assistance duties. As an intern, you will be working closely with DCPCA’s Quality and Practice Transformation team on a range of activities such as data reporting, training coordination, research, process development, administrative duties, and other duties as required.

Examples of projects students can undertake during the practicum:

  • Health Literacy Enhancement Initiatives
  • Community Health Worker Integration Strategies
  • Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Initiatives
  • C. Community Engagement Communication Strategies
  • PHIT4DC Informatics Internship Coordination

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Currently enrolled masters or post-bachelor’s degree candidate in a program related to Public health, Social work, or relevant field
    Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven experience with project management, in particular demonstration of ability to organize various activities and goals, manage multiple projects simultaneously, plan strategically, and see projects through to completion.
  • Strong relationship-building skills, with proven ability to develop effective relationships and work collaboratively with physicians and diverse stakeholders (government, community, and business environments).
  • Ability to work collaboratively with physicians, staff and external organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow in a fast-paced environment with short turnaround times while maintaining high standards
  • Team-player, ability to coordinate work collaboratively and resolve conflicts.
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to quickly gather information (quantitative and qualitative), identify trends, and propose solutions.
  • High degree of proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in or with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

The intern is expected to complete 20 hours per week; not to exceed more than 400 hours total. The hourly range for this position is between $16 and $20 dollars. Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits


This position will be based in an office in Washington D.C. and will allow for telework options. This position is primarily sedentary and may require some bending and lifting.


Please submit your resume here: Apply Online

Only competitive candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the selection process. No phone calls please. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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