California: Public Health Law & Policy seeks Summer Intern

27 Feb

Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP) pioneers innovative ways to leverage law and policy to improve public health. We provide practical legal and policy tools – including model laws and policies, fact sheets, FAQs, and toolkits, as well as tailored trainings and one-on-one consultation – to help make healthy communities the norm, not the exception.

PHLP’s staff attorneys, urban planners, and policy analysts partner with local, state, and national leaders to develop legal and policy solutions to public health challenges. Drawing upon an extensive network of scholars and scientists, PHLP identifies how law and policy can best influence health outcomes. We work with advocates, community leaders, health and planning agencies, public and private attorneys, and many others to develop practical tools accompanied by customized trainings and technical assistance. We capture and share the learning that comes from implementing new policy strategies in local communities and integrate these results to develop future solutions and support.

PHLP specializes in laws and policies that affect chronic disease with a particular focus on addressing health disparities in low income and communities of color. We are breaking new ground by creating land use, economic development, and redevelopment tools that can reshape urban and rural communities to improve health outcomes through the planning and development process. In many communities, the healthy choice is often not the easy choice – and we see law and policy as critical tools to ensure that all communities have access to safe, vibrant, and healthy environments. For more information, visit our website at

Planning for Healthy Places (PHP), a project of PHLP, explores community planning solutions to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity through improvements to the built environment. PHP develops tools for training advocates about the relationship between the built environment and public health, and provides technical assistance for creating and implementing land use policies that support healthier communities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research and writing on a variety of cutting-edge redevelopment, economic development, and land use policy issues
  • Develop best practices around food system planning at a regional and local level
  • Research strategies to reinforce health and community engagement concerns in transportation planning and climate change legislation
  • Provide research, analysis, and information to strengthen state and local laws and policies to create healthy, sustainable communities

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1st or 2nd year graduate student in city and regional planning or public policy is required
  • Familiarity with land use planning processes, including transportation, redevelopment, and food system planning
  • Excellent research, analytic, and writing skills
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Available up to 40 hours/week between May 15th through August 15th, 2011 (approximately 10 weeks)


This is a non-exempt temporary position and the hourly wage is $19.00.

How to apply:

To apply for the Summer 2010 Intern position please email all required information to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All completed application packets must be received by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, March 18, 2011

The following are required to be considered for the PHLP Summer 2011 Internship:

  • Resume and Cover letter
  • Writing samples – Please provide, at most, two (2) writing samples.
  • References – Please provide contact information (name, organization, email, and phone number) for three (3) references.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer


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