Intern: Communities of Practice (CoP)


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over 40 member public health institutes. Public health institutes are nonprofit organizations that improve the
public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media, and academia. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout all 50 states. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and supports nationwide collaboration to build a sustainable and coordinated Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) that consists of ten university-based Public Health Training Centers and 40 local training and education sites. Together, the PHLN is co-creating, modernizing, standardizing, and distributing evenly to all communities and Tribes quality training, tools, and resources that advance the nation’s public health workforce throughout all 50 states, tribal communities and 5 US territories. For more information, visit

Position Summary:

The CDC’s National Public Health Workforce Strategy Roadmap calls for increasing capacity of the workforce through 1) definition of target skills and competencies across disciplines, 2) expansion of training for the identified skills, and 3) use of technology for ongoing and just in time training. One model that shows great promise in deepening strategic public health skills and building expertise to address complex public health and social issues is the use of communities of practice (CoPs).  CoPs are groups designed to assist professionals engaged in a discipline, field, or area of practice with building dynamic relationships with one another to share and expand practical “know-how.

NCCPHT at NNPHI is seeking an intern to assist with the promotion, uptake and maintenance of various online CoPs using a web-based platform called Higher Logic.  Each CoP is geared towards a focus area or subset of the public health workforce.  The selected candidate will gain direct experience with CoPs, have the opportunity to engage with public health professionals across the country, and benefit from the mentorship of NNPHI colleagues.


This position will be primarily virtual, but candidates must reside in either the New Orleans, LA or Washington, DC metro regions.

Primary Responsibilities:

The selected intern would support NNPHIs communities of practice by:

  • Creating a handbook and video guides to support new and existing users
  • Developing and implementing a recruitment plan to increase diversity and reach of CoP users
  • Scanning relevant news and topic areas to find up-to-date resources, to be shared with the CoP (topics to include COVID, Infection Control, Quality improvement/Performance Measurement, Public Health Department Accreditation etc.)
  • Posting events, best practices, or tools to the CoP sites
  • Working with the Higher Logic coach to create ways to encourage use by providing incentives,
  • Using the administrative dashboard to monitor usage, create polls and build reports
  • Moderating discussions and comments
  • Providing basic support to end users (more advanced support will come from Higher Logic coach)
  • Contributing to CoP newsletters

Developing social media and other communications to promote CoPs as a core NCCPHT workforce development model.


Qualified candidates will possess:

  1. Interest in learning about public health communications and workforce development;
  2. Comfort with learning new digital platforms and tools;
  3. Experience with social media marketing (beneficial but not required);
  4. Independent work ethic and positive, self-starter attitude;
  5. Professionalism in communications and active listening skills; and
  6. Attention to detail and a strong value for high-quality work products.

Students early in their careers seeking experience in public health communications and workforce development are encouraged to apply, including undergraduate and graduate students.


The student intern will be paid $12-15 per hour depending on qualifications. This part-time, non-benefit eligible position will start in June 2022, end date flexible.  The candidate will be expected to work up to 15-20 hours per week.


Approximately 10% travel will be required.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to with the subject line: Attn: CoP Intern. Please label all attachments with first and last name. Please include in your cover letter your desired start and end dates and your desired location, New Orleans, LA or Washington, DC. Applicants who are invited for an interview will be asked to provide references.

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