Charles B. Wang Community Health Center | Project AHEAD 2020
Project Asian Health Education and Development (AHEAD) is a 9-week summer internship program designed to give training and experience to college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in health care. Project AHEAD 2020 will take place Monday, June 15, 2020 through Friday, August 14, 2020, and will be located in lower Manhattan.
What to ExpectStudents will be exposed to various health care careers, and gain an understanding of the history and dynamics of the New York Asian American community, and of current health issues impacting the health status of Asian Americans in the United States. Interns will have the opportunity to create and implement a community health project and attend seminars and workshops based on the group’s interests.StipendInterns will receive a $1,000 stipend for the summer program. The Health Center will not be responsible for housing accommodation, food or travel expenses. If accepted applicants are not New York City residents, please contact your school for possible NYC housing opportunities available to interns.RequirementsProgram requirements include currently an undergraduate student in second, third or final year of college at the time of application, interest in health care and the Asian American community, and have a time commitment for Monday – Friday, promptly at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., including some early mornings and weekends. Please plan your vacation time accordingly so it does not interfere with the program’s schedule. We cannot accommodate international students or students who are studying temporarily in the United States.ApplicationApplications are only accepted online, and include an online application, resume, personal statement,and letter of recommendation. Complete applications (including the letter of recommendation) must be submitted no later than Friday, February 14, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Academic transcripts are not required and will not be accepted. Applicants may be contacted for an interview for more information. These interviews will take place between February 24 and 28, 2020. Prepare all your information and documents needed before starting the online application because there is no "save and return" feature.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the typical day like for a Project AHEAD intern?Each day is different depending on the availability of speakers and is driven by the interests of the cohort. For example, the 2018 cohort wanted to learn more about social justice reform, so the Project AHEAD Coordinator organized a panel workshop with guest speakers from the community and the justice department, to speak and reflect on what reform means to them. 8:45am – Get settled in before the guest speaker arrives 9:00am – Keynote speaker or Panelists from the Health Center, community partners, local government, or alumni discuss various topics including medical ethics, research methods training, developmental pediatrics, mental health, nutrition, hepatitis b, criminal justice reform, Asian Americans in politics, and public health careers. 11:00am – Break for lunch12:00pm - Work on the community health project with the cohort 3:00pm - Team building exercises with the Project AHEAD coordinator5:00pm – End of DayI’m currently a college freshman and I’m interested in applying for Project AHEADInternship for 2020 summer. Am I eligible to apply?Unfortunately, we currently limit the Project AHEAD internship for current sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This is done to keep the applicant pool from becoming too large as the program accommodates less than 10 interns. We do encourage you to apply next year when you are eligible.Do you provide an opportunity to shadow a doctor or nurse at the Health Center?Over the years, we have gradually limited the number of shadowing in the program andexpect to have 1-2 opportunities for the interns the following year. There are other hospitals and centers that do offer this specific experience in the community that we encourage you to look into.What have been the topics of past Community Health Projects on?Addressing low health literacyImmigrant and non-immigrant Asian teen smoking Parent-teen communication on sexual health Awareness of HIV/AIDS rapid testingSurvey of adolescent stressAwareness of skin healthAdolescent awareness of diabetesBalancing cholesterol intake for cardiovascular health Awareness & prevention of osteoporosisEducation on glaucoma and eye healthAwareness of bullying in children and teensMental health, gender, and sexualityCaregiver burnoutAre all workshops and activities mandatory?Yes, attendance in all program activities is mandatory unless you are excused by the Project AHEAD Coordinator for reasons of illness or personal emergency. You should not schedule summer school, vacation, or other activities that might interfere with your Project AHEAD schedule.Testimonials from Project AHEAD 2019 Cohort“Project AHEAD provided me with a strong understanding of the different
health disparities that affect Asian American populations with a specific focus
on those in NYC. It was interesting to learn about these disparities given that
they are often not spoken about due to the model minority myth and lack of
disaggregated data on Asian Americans, points that were echoed throughout the
internship. Moving forward, I feel more confident in my ability to discuss
specific challenges and barriers to culturally appropriate healthcare facing
Asian American families, such as health literacy, insurance status, immigrant
status, and language and culture.”“I liked learning more about the health disparities impacting the Asian
American community and becoming involved in taking steps to make those issues
more visible. I also really enjoyed learning about my fellow interns through
working on the community health project and doing things outside of work
“Project AHEAD is the only internship I know so far that is greatly
multidisciplinary, which I love—covering public health, Asian and Asian American
Studies, Economics, Politics, and so much more. This made Project AHEAD so
well-rounded, and helped me grow as a student, a person, and a member of the
Asian American community.”More informationPlease contact Rachelle Ocampo at email@example.com or (212) 379-6988 with questions or for more information.
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