OHIP is a full time, paid summer internship designed to link the skills and interests of students with the needs of workers employed in an under-served or high hazard job. Teams of two interns are assigned to a local union or worker organization where they receive supervision from a designated staff member and an academic mentor (Site Coordinator) at one of the OHIP training sites: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York City (graduate students ONLY), Boston, Seattle, and Denver – new sites announced in 2014.
Work on a Multidisciplinary Team
Students are matched with projects based on specific language or technical skills, as well as their experience or interest in working with social justice organizations or unions. Typically a graduate student in medicine, nursing, public health (health education, environmental and occupational health) or a related field is paired with an undergraduate student. Most teams include students from different disciplines.
Investigate Health and Safety Concerns
Each team project is designed to maximize contact between workers and interns to learn about the hazards and other realities of work. As part of the process of researching hazards, interns interview workers, conduct focus groups, attend union/worker organization meetings or other activities and observe workers on the job. As a result, students gain an understanding of the complexity of the work environment and learn about the importance of health and safety in relation to work.
Ultimately teams identify and document health and safety problems and recommend ways to reduce or eliminate hazards. In return, interns provide workers and unions/worker organizations with concrete information about hazards or health and safety concerns that they can use to build and strengthen their efforts to prevent job injury and illness.
Build Lasting Friendships, Meet OSH Professionals, and Land a Job!
Experience friendships created by working together to tackle important social problems. Meet other students striving to integrate their academic and political interests into their life’s work. Build camaraderie through team meetings, periodic seminars and activities held over the summer. Connect with people that have dedicated their careers to improve working conditions for an ever changing, diverse workforce. Attend local, state-wide and national events where job opportunities may arise.