Swetland Opportunities

Important Dates

Application Open: March 15th, 2019 

Application Closes: April 5th, 2019 (5 pm EST)

Interviews Begin: April 15th, 2019

Candidates Notified of Acceptance: Rolling Until April 30th, 2019

Internship: June 3rd-July 31st




Jennifer King, PhD

at jab307@case.edu


Summer Internship Opportunities

            (5 positions available for Summer 2019)

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health is offering training opportunities for students and community members interested in developing skills and deepening knowledge of community systems science for environmental health equity. The training will advance capacity in one or more of the Center’s focal areas related to (1) community-engagement for environmental justice; (2) ecological, systems, and computational methodologies; and (3) implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of environmental health interventions. Over eight weeks, interns will be immersed in engaging and thought-provoking experiences to enhance awareness of and skills to address the environment’s disparate impact on communities and populations.

In this 8-week program, interns will take part in professional development opportunities by working alongside Center team members and through engagement in a weekly colloquium to foster praxis, reflection, and technical skill building. Interns are selected to work on one or more specific projects throughout their internship based on Swetland Center needs. Interns are expected to work with research project staff 20 hours per week and will receive a monthly stipend of $1,200 (Total = $2,400).

Potential Internship Positions

Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health

As the Swetland Center goes through a reorganizing process under the new director, Dr. Darcy Freedman, it will be engaging in a strategic planning process, implementing new policies and procedures for staff, developing a research agenda, and many new partnerships with organizations, CWRU departments and residents throughout Cleveland.

The Swetland Center is looking for one (1) intern interested in organizational development. Potential tasks may include assisting with strategic planning, developing office culture, assisting with developing professional development opportunities for staff (i.e. staff retreat), fundraising and more. The ideal candidate will be passionate about environmental health equity, community-engaged research, and organizational development.

Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention Project (BCOP):

BCOP began in 2014 as a partnership between CWRU, The Ohio State University SNAP-Ed Program, and the Ohio Department of Public Health Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program. The project has developed a web-based tool to support SNAP-Ed and CHC practitioners as they develop, implement, and sustain community nutrition interventions in urban and rural areas throughout Ohio in four key areas - farmers’ markets, farm to school, healthy eating in childcare, and healthy food retail.

There is one (1) internship opportunity with Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention Project (BCOP). Under general supervision, the intern will assist the BCOP research team with state- and nationwide dissemination of project evaluation findings to researchers, practitioners, and other key stakeholders focused on increasing implementation of community nutrition policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions. Key responsibilities of a potential intern may include the development and implementation of social media (i.e. Twitter and/or YouTube) and marketing processes for BCOP’s online decision support tools. Interns may assist with maintenance of an online compendium of resources (i.e. guides, toolkits, and websites), literature reviews, and other BCOP study-related tasks as necessary. Candidates should be comfortable with working collaboratively with the research team and project partners, be driven to work through challenges and problem solving, organized, and possess exceptional time management skills. 

Ohio Produce Perks Statewide Evaluation

This evaluation project is funded by the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program that was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to incentivize the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit recipients. FINI is collaboratively administered by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

CWRU's role in FINI is to evaluate Produce Perks, Ohio's nutrition incentive program, in both retail (grocery store) and farmers' market settings. Evaluation of Produce Perks includes routinely working with data to help guide programmatic decisions and gauge gaps related to the implementation of the program.

There is one (1) internship opportunity with the Ohio Produce Perks Statewide Evaluation. Under general supervision, the intern will assist the team with research-based evaluation processes, such as interviews with stakeholders, focus groups of SNAP recipients, or an audit, at all retail locations offering Produce Perks. Key responsibilities for this position include qualitative data coding and analysis using AtlasTI or NVivo software. The intern should be comfortable using quantitative data management software, such as SAS, and conducting basic analyses. Should the intern assist with conducting interviews or focus groups, training will be provided by the research team. The intern should possess the following skills: attention to detail, ability to work independently and as a team (in a rapidly evolving project), highly motivated, comfortable with taking initiative to tackling challenges/solving problems, self-directed, organized, and comfortable interacting with diverse populations. Knowledge of GIS (i.e. ArcMap) programs and software is not required, but beneficial.

Modeling the Future of Food In Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0)

The Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0) works to develop strategies that can help guide decision making around efforts to make food systems in the city of Cleveland more equitable. Cleveland is one of the largest urban agriculture cities in the country and has one of the oldest and most successful food policy coalitions. Nonetheless, nearly two out of three Clevelanders live in neighborhoods with limited access to full-service supermarkets and experience extensive inequities in economic opportunities and health status. The study examines key changes to local food systems, such as supermarket expansion, healthy-eating marketing campaigns, or emergency food assistance programs, in order to develop models that can be used in low-income neighborhoods to build equitable food systems and community health. These computational models will reflect interdependencies among different actors and interventions influencing local food system dynamics in low-resource neighborhoods.

There are two (2) internship possibilities for The Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0):

(1) Qualitative Research Core:

Working under general supervision, the intern will assist with the planning and execution of community-engaged research focused on developing system dynamic modeling around healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems in Cleveland, Ohio. The intern will be expected to participate as an active member of the foodNEST 2.0 research team. Key responsibilities for this position include assisting with the coordination of strategies aimed at engaging community residents and other community, organizational, and local government stakeholders in research activities. The intern will assist with qualitative data collection and analysis activities via key stakeholder interviews and focus groups. The intern will also provide logistical support for community forums related to the research. The intern will additionally support community engagement efforts related to the project’s Core Modeling Team comprised of 20 community stakeholders.  The intern may be involved in the dissemination of research findings through presentations and data reports.


(2)Nutrition Environmental Measures Survey (NEMS-S):

Working under general supervision, this position will involve travel to local Cleveland neighborhoods for field data collection, food retail audits, data documentation and entry, and community engagement, with potential opportunities for data analysis. The intern will have the opportunity to work with other researchers in the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, gain valuable public health and fieldwork experience, and develop relationships in this interactive and collaborative discipline. Candidates should value community-based public health work. Preference will be given to candidates with research and data collection/management experience. Knowledge of statistical programs and software is not required but is beneficial.