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Charles B. Wang Community Health Center | Project AHEAD 2021

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 2021 will take place Monday, June 14, 2021 through Friday, August 13, 2021, and will be located in lower Manhattan.

What to Expect
Students 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 group project on a predetermined topic as well as attend seminars and workshops.

Interns 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.

• Currently an undergraduate student in their second, third, or fourth year of college
• Interested in health care and the Asian American community
• Time commitment: Monday– Friday, 9am–5pm, including some early mornings & weekends. Please understand that due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, we will require some flexibility.
• We cannot accommodate international students or students who are studying temporarily in the United States with the intention of returning home after completing their studies.


Frequently Asked Questions
How will Project AHEAD 2021 be affected by Covid-19?
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we plan to take all necessary precautions. While it is possible that next year’s program could follow a fully in-person format, we are also planning for the possibility of operating a hybrid curriculum that includes both in-person and remote activities. It’s also possible that we will default to a strictly virtual program if need be. Please understand that due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, we will require some flexibility.

What 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 lunch
12:00pm - Work on the community health project with the cohort
3:00pm - Team building exercises with the Project AHEAD coordinator
5:00pm – End of Day

I’m currently a college freshman and I’m interested in applying for Project AHEAD
Internship 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 opportunities in the program. 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 literacy
Immigrant and non-immigrant Asian teen smoking
Parent-teen communication on sexual health
Awareness of HIV/AIDS rapid testing
Survey of adolescent stress
Awareness of skin health
Adolescent awareness of diabetes
Balancing cholesterol intake for cardiovascular health
Awareness & prevention of osteoporosis
Education on glaucoma and eye health
Awareness of bullying in children and teens
Mental health, gender, and sexuality
Caregiver burnout

Are 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 together."

“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 information
Please contact or (212) 379-6988 with questions or for more information.

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