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Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Intern

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  • Internship


COME JOIN US! The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Intern




Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

**Both in person and teleworking**


- The BRACE intern will join our team from January to May, 2023, working 15-20 hours each week for at least 160 hours.
- Start date - As soon as you’re ready we can accommodate your class schedule so that you may work during business hours.
-You will need to upload a copy of your resume, transcripts and cover letter explaining how your skills are a good fit for this position, must have a current GPA standing of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Compensation based on education and experience.


-We are seeking a talented and engaged intern who is working toward a degree and wants to develop beyond the classroom!
-You would be a great fit if you have excelled in epidemiology coursework and have a passion for learning about and developing public health practice.
-In this role, you will assist our partner, Pima County Public Health. You will be responsible for improving web based, telephone, and in-person survey instruments to assess facility capacities to serve as cooling centers and collect information to elevate the  performance of cooling centers. Additionally, during extreme periods of heat, you will conduct telephone interviews of facilities and in-person interviews of people using cooling center facilities. 
-You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Pima County staff to test and launch the web-based surveys on ArcGIS Surbey123 and map the information collecting using ArcGIS online. 
-You will be coached and mentored by the Deputy Office Chief, Environmental Epidemiology, and others on the team  (Pima County and University of Arizona epidemiologists) to apply an optimization tool to identify facilities that might provide cooling center services to underserved areas of Pima County.
  • Strong verbal and communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of epidemiologic investigation.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of research, analysis, and reporting. 
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of biostatistics.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of disease control, prevention, and intervention. 
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of public health. 
  • Principles of served population group behavior and dynamics in a public health setting. 
  • Principles of health equity. 
  • Principles of social vulnerability and determinants of health.
  • Time management, organization, planning and problem solving skills. 
  • Skilled in: 
  • Performing epidemiological investigative work. 
  • Planning, researching, analyzing, and reporting. 
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Interpreting statistics.
  • Use of ArcGIS and other computer-based resources for the preparation of reports and correspondence, and performing statistical analyses of data.  
  • Skills to develop effective survey instruments
  • Skills to conduct telephone interviews and surveys
  • Skills for effective collaboration with a diverse team of professionals. 
  • Mentorship  by multiple epidemiologists
  • Stronger understanding of evaluation practices and optimization tools. 
  • Collaboration with a diverse team of professionals. 
  • Working towards a degree and strong desire to develop beyond the classroom.
  •  Epidemiology knowledge and ArcGIS experience. 
Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).


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Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.