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The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) provides opportunities for students to engage with multidisciplinary prevention research and practice projects. Students may work on projects in areas such as cardiovascular health, obesity, and diabetes; cancer prevention and control; children’s health; health equity; healthy food access; nutrition and physical activity; rural health; and more.

While working or interning with HPDP, students will be supervised by a HPDP faculty or staff member. Specific responsibilities will vary by project, yet all interns will have the opportunity to participate in applied research or public health practice to address pressing health problems facing our society. A variety of types of opportunities may become available, including unpaid internships, practicum experiences, work study positions, and paid opportunities. The types of opportunities and projects accepting students vary throughout the year.

Current Opportunities

Information on current opportunities is listed below. For more information on a particular opportunity, reach out to the individual listed in the posting.

Community-Engaged Qualitative Evaluation and Communications Practicum (Bilingual)

Who: Masters-level practicum student
When: Summer 2024

Position: Granville Vance Public Health (GVPH) is offering a practicum opportunity to one masters-level student to gain experience in public health related to: community-engaged research, qualitative evaluation, health communications, and diabetes prevention. The ideal candidate will be fluent in both English and Spanish (preference for applicants from a Spanish culture and fluent in both English and Spanish). The practicum can be conducted largely remotely, with a few in-person interviews in central North Carolina. Location in Wilmington, NC with additional sites in Brunswick, Pender, and Sampson counties).

Project: The student will revise interview guides for evaluating a small-group diabetes prevention program, conduct interviews in Spanish with participants and coaches (in-person and remotely), transcribe and translate interviews, conduct qualitative analysis, and create communication products to share pilot results with various stakeholders. The student will collaborate with preceptors and staff, attend virtual check-ins, and engage with relevant organizations via Microsoft Teams and email.
Apply: please send a cover letter and resume to Wendy Ji ( by May 1, 2024. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until a candidate has been selected. A final candidate will be selected no later than May 15, 2024.
More information: Additional information can be found on on this information sheet.

Research Assistantship with the UPSIDE Team

Who: UNC Chapel Hill graduate and undergraduate students
When:  Ongoing
Position: Part-time research assistant, 5-10 hours/week, (volunteer or work-study; limited paid opportunities), hybrid (weekly in-person meetings)
Project: The UPSIDE Team is accepting a research assistant interested in self-regulation intervention and evaluation research from a positive youth development framework. This research assistant will work with a team of undergraduate and graduate students and research staff under the supervision of Dr. Desiree Murray to assist with current federally-funded projects that are 1) adapting the Be CALM mindfulness-based social-emotional program for middle school counselors, 2) evaluating a trauma-informed training and coaching intervention for Head Start teachers, and 3) examining day-to-day influences on adolescent wellbeing and coping utilizing ecological momentary assessment. Student tasks may include preparing data collection materials, tracking data collected and creating data summaries in excel, and other data entry and management tasks. Opportunities will be provided to participate in trainings and other activities to support research skill development. 
Please contact and send a resume.
More Information: The UPSIDE Team

Internships with the Carolina Hunger Initiative

Who: UNC-Chapel Hill Students
When: Fall, Spring, Summer (ongoing)
Position: Unpaid internships and practicum experiences
Project: The Carolina Hunger Initiative works to increase access to healthy food year-round for North Carolinians. Interns may help projects related to areas such as nutrition education, school and summer meals programs, and food insecurity among college students.
 For information on how to apply for current opportunities, contact Jessica Soldavini.
More Information: Carolina Hunger Initiative Interns and Students