Project for Pride in Living Internship Opportunities!

Safer Strategies Initiative Coordinator & Family Support Intern
Position Title: Safer Strategies Initiative Coordinator (Intern)
Organization: Project for Pride in Living (PPL)
Program: Property Management
Site: PPL Service Center and a variety of PPL housing locations
Supervisor: Property Management Facilities Coordinator
Schedule: 20 plus hours/week, flexible schedule to be determined between supervisor and intern (during business hours: M-F, 8 am-5 pm
Summer Position: June – August (can start earlier if available)
Fall Semester Position: September – December
Program Description:
Formerly homeless and very low income households experience higher rates of chronic and serious health issues including asthma. The Safer Strategies Initiative was launched by PPL to focus on a key trigger of asthma attacks — pesticides and their increased use in response to bed bug control. Through the use of a nationally-trained canine detection team, strategic prevention inspections, tenant and staff training, and a new low-chemical pest control response, Safer Strategies intends to achieve and demonstrate reduced pest infestations and a safer environment for children. This is an excellent opportunity for a student in the fields of public or environmental health or social work.
Responsibilities & Duties:
• Coordinate communication between pest control inspector, pest control treatment contractor, and PPL Property Managers and Self-Sufficiency Program staff. Manage master schedule of inspections and treatments.
• Assess needs of participating households and support residents to prepare for inspections and treatments: reviewing prep checklist, providing education, demonstrating proper preparation techniques, delivering plastic bags/boxes/quarters, and answering questions. This will be done over the phone and through in-person home visits.
• Develop culturally appropriate materials to education residents on pest control procedures.
• Support project through additional activities as requested, including data collection.
Qualifications:
• Experience communicating and working with diverse communities
• Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to engage and reassure residents who may be reluctant due to stigma around issue
• Comfort performing home visits with residents who have been cited with pest control problems
• Reliable transportation
• Quick learner and ability to navigate multiple systems
• Detail orientated and good at managing multiple details
• Background in public health or social work a plus
• Bilingual in Somali a plus
Compensation:
• Mileage reimbursement for internship-related travel
• Stipend available upon successful completion of internship – amount dependent on total number of hours to be negotiated with student before internship begins
Application Process:
Please direct a cover letter and resume to Julie Huck, Volunteer Program Mgr., at julie.huck@ppl-inc.org. The selection process includes an interview, references and background check.