The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is seeking two creative and motivated individuals to intern in its Prevention Community Partnerships Department for positions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while interning at an active, upbeat non-profit.
The Prevention Community Partnerships Interns will intern directly with the Programs team on a wide range of projects related to prevention services, capacity building, education and training and workforce development in Chicago, including trainings, community mobilization and social marketing. The Prevention Community Partnerships Interns will also have the opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, PrEP awareness training, care and advocacy, and other issues related to AFC’s mission.
These interns will work closely with the Prevention and Community Partnerships team and a number of other staff at AFC, and will engage in significant community work with AFC’s many partners and allies.
These internships are designed to be both educational and practical. In this internship, the interns will learn how to take skills acquired in the educational setting and apply them in professional and various community settings. The interns will gain a better understanding of the role of community engagement and mobilization, education and training in HIV prevention play in the Chicago epidemic and be better prepared to work in the field of HIV/AIDS, public health, communications, and public policy.
The Prevention Community Partnerships Interns will learn:
What is community-based participatory work, how it works, and why it’s important.
How to mobilize vulnerable communities to improve understanding and training of U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable), GTZ (Getting to Zero), and PrEP, and will work with both cis and trans women’s health and justice-involved populations through hands-on experiences.
Program Sustainability through planning, implementation, evaluation and quality improvement.
How to create and plan educational forums and case manager training events, prepare written materials and disseminate information.
Current or recent enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an interest and aptitude to work in HIV prevention;
Able to work independently, and to also work in a collaborative environment;
Interest in learning about HIV prevention and PrEP, and working with justice involved individuals;
Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
Enjoy working with the public in community settings;
Enjoy working with people of varied backgrounds and experiences;
Must be flexible and open to new opportunities to engage a variety of stakeholders.
These internships are unpaid (stipend available), however, AFC can help interns obtain college credit where available. The interns will receive necessary training and staff supervision. AFC requires interns to participate for a minimum of 15 hours/week for a minimum of 8 weeks, although longer internships are preferred. Public Health majors are encouraged to apply.
Mail: AFC Intern Program, 200 W Jackson Blvd, Ste 2100, Chicago, IL 60606
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident