The NYC Health Department is recruiting people ages 14-21 years old to intern with the NYC Health Department and NYC Hep C Task Force to develop Hepatitis C (Hep C) prevention strategies and resources for youth.
In recent years, addiction to pills has caused an increase in overdose, HIV and Hep C in youth.
Young people take pills that are not prescribed to them, such as Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycodone. Taking pills can lead to addiction, snorting, and injecting drugs.
Hep C is a viral infection spread through blood that can cause liver disease, cancer, and death. Sharing drug use equipment is the #1 risk for getting Hep C.
In 2014, over 800 people under the age of 29 tested positive for Hep C in NYC.
Hep C can be prevented. We need young people to help us develop Hep C prevention strategies and resources for youth that work.
The Internship will begin in November 2016 and end in July 2017.
- Work with the youth intern group to develop an in-person and online Hep C Prevention presentation for youth, and present to youth groups
- Participate in the development and distribution of a Hep C prevention in youth video
- Develop and promote Hep C prevention social media campaigns
- Share Hep C prevention resources with at risk youth
- Participate in local and national Hep C events.
Interns will be required to:
- Dedicate at least 5 hours a month to activities above
- Meet once a month for 2 hours at the Health Dept to brainstorm on activities and report on projects.
Serving as an intern will be a great learning experience and will connect you with professionals in the medical and public health field. If you would like to participate in fun and exciting activities to help prevent Hep C in NYC, apply to be an intern!