Internships at Open Source Wellness
Open Source Wellness welcomes interns to join our staff team! We typically take interns from the following fields, but welcome inquiries from all:
- Health: Health coaching, public health, population health, medicine/pre-med, etc.
- Psychology: Counseling psych, social psych, research psych,
- Social Work/Social Services
- Organizational Development, Nonprofit Management, Business
- Marketing, Social Media, PR
We require 10-month, 10 hour/week commitments and prefer 12 months. Schedules may vary but we do require availability on Tuesdays from 2-4pm. Our internships are unpaid. Please read the description below and our website (www.OpenSourceWellness.org) before applying. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to connecting with you!
Please send a cover letter indicating your interest and fit along with your resume/CV.
Applications without a cover letter will NOT be considered.
Open Source Wellness (OSW) is a “behavioral pharmacy” where basic, trans-diagnostic health behaviors are taught and practiced. Representing the next generation of clinical-community integration and behavioral medicine, OSW is a delivery system for the health practices that underlie physical and psychological health and wellbeing. The core programming consists of movement for all fitness levels, basic mindfulness and stress reduction, nutritious family-style meals (plant-based), and facilitated social support and connection, and is largely facilitated by peer leaders in a hybrid drop-in and intensive cohort-group model. Open Source Wellness is refining models that are based in clinical settings, low-income housing communities, and open-access community settings, and aims to support sustained health behavior change, foster meaningful social connection and belonging, and offset substantial downstream medical costs via community-based generation of the factors upstream from health.
IMAGINE THIS: A doctor informs a patient that she has a chronic disease: pre-diabetes, obesity, cardiac disease, or depression. Instead of saying: “Eat better, move more, here’s a handout, good luck!” – the physician says: “I’ve written you a different kind of prescription – I think of it as a Behavioral Pharmacy.It’s not a class –or a lecture – it’s a community dedicated to wellbeing where members actually cook healthy food, do fun physical movement, and learn stress-reduction together. Once you’ve completed your 3-month prescription, they will help you connect with others in your neighborhood who get together to practice– in fact, there are peer-led gatherings in schools, community centers, and even right here in our clinic – and your whole family is always welcome to join you.”
Our mission is to transform health outcomes and health equity by creating integrated clinical-community channels for individuals and families to find workable, affordable, and sustainable health behavior solutions.
Broadly, our Interns learn and work with OSW in three main capacities:
- Training and Mentorship in assistant health coaching. Those with skill or interest in health coaching are trained and supported in providing coaching, mentorship, and support to OSW participants around health-related lifestyle changes. Potential to move into paid coaching position after internship completion. Key skills include a welcoming, warm, and attentive interpersonal presence and a willingness to learn.
- Facilitation of OSW programming. Based on their existing skills and the training we provide, Interns may host OSW days/evenings, facilitate physical movement, help prepare healthy food, and/or lead guided mindfulness practice.
- Organizational Development, Operations, Growth. As a new nonprofit startup that’s growing fast, working hard, and aspiring to become a national standard of care, we welcome ALL of your talents. Social Media? Fundraising? Communications? Grant-writing? Developing partnerships? If you’re ready to dive in and help accelerate our work, we’re ready to work with you.
We welcome students, seniors, all those committed to making a difference in the wellbeing of our communities; people of color, those who speak Spanish (or another language), and mid-career individuals enthusiastically encouraged to apply! We seek individuals who are reliable about their commitments, clear in their communication, and eager to learn, grow, and belong to a community dedicated to facilitating the practices of wellbeing. We’re flexible on # hours/week for interns, but can work with you to ensure that any academic/licensure requirements are met if you’re working towards a degree. Reach out and let’s see what’s possible!
Please send a cover letter indicating your interest, along with your resume/CV.
Job Type: Internship