Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with CPIC’s Mindich Summer Service Fellowship. The primary affiliation is with HGHI, so HGHI will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process. The intern selected for this internship will have the obligations and benefits of an intern in both programs.
The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) was founded in 1999 as the only think tank in the nation focused on eradicating the HIV epidemic in Black communities. BAI addresses HIV outcomes through community mobilization and education, policy and advocacy, and through local clinical work in Los Angeles.
In the past, interns have helped to create curricula and educational activities for public education events. Interns have also helped to create surveys for patient/client satisfaction, as well as community needs assessments. The summer months provide ample opportunity for the interns to interface with the community through street outreach and other community events.
Interns will be asked to help with client flow during clinic days, a well as helping with research, participating in outreach, and attending local planning meetings alongside staff. Interns will also be asked to create outreach materials, assessments, and other materials to help BAI focus its work.
Interns should come prepared to discuss racial justice, gender equity, and other social determinants of health as they pertain to HIV. Interns should have strong spoken and written communication skills, and work well collaboratively.
There will be other interns, ranging from undergraduate to graduate school level. The office is an open work environment. While staff sometimes work remotely, due to travel, the intern will have a desk within the office and will have LA based work activities.
Some projects will necessarily need more supervision, such as working with clients or doing outreach. BAI has a very collaborative environment, so the intern will be supported by the team, as well as having their designated supervisor.
The annual Pride parade is the second Sunday in June, so the intern should try to be available for that.
At BAI, we challenge ourselves to examine and re-examine how we are acting in solidarity with different communities. Can you talk about what solidarity means to you?
Quotes from Previous Fellows
"This summer, I worked at the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California. The Black AIDS Institute works to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community by advocating for prevention, providing treatment and care to affected communities and researching and proposing policies that best reflect the needs of underrepresented communities being affected by the epidemic. My projects ranged from helping organize our presence at Los Angeles Pride, analyzing data on how the Black community is responding to Trump administration's plan to end the epidemic by 2030 and also conducting policy research to find best practices in order to respond to the Trump administration's plan." Jackson Walker, Summer 2020