The Infant and Young Child Nutrition Intern contributes to the advancement of local public health practice by performing a range of responsibilities related to NACCHO’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health program, specifically in the areas of Infant and Young Child Nutrition and Breastfeeding. For local health departments (LHDs) and their staff, NACCHO is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for local public health professionals, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the voice and visibility of the critical role that LHDs play in keeping our communities healthy and safe.
The Infant and Young Child Nutrition intern will support activities in our Breastfeeding project. The intern will collaborate closely with the Senior Program Analyst, Child Health, and Lead Analyst, Breastfeeding, to complete project activities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct a literature review on infant and toddler nutrition interventions, particularly those that address social determinants of health and policies, systems, and environmental issues (such as food security, access to healthy foods, and culturally responsive approaches);
- Conduct an environmental scan to identify existing community-level childhood nutrition programs, tools, and resources
- Participate in child nutrition-related webinars and review past webinars to develop summary reports;
- Identify national, state, and local-level organizations and collaborations working in this field and identify points of contact for organizations implementing best practices in infant and toddler nutrition;
- Support the development of resources to promote the Infant and Toddler chapter of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines;
- Help identify best practices and channels to promote infant and toddler nutrition materials; and
- Other duties as assigned
- Access to online, peer-reviewed journals
- Strong writing skills
- Ability to maintain positive communication and relationships with members, staff and all levels of management
- Ability to balance multiple priorities and to effectively communicate about the status of projects
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form
- Strong organization and self-management skills; self-motivated
- Ability to consistently meet project deliverables and deadlines.
- Excellent attention to detail, particularly with database entry and spreadsheets; and excellent proofreading and organizational skills.
Education and/or Experience
- Current student in a public health graduate program or recently received undergraduate degree with a focus in public or community health