PCO Public Health Higher Education Internship Program Philadelphia, PA

Invitation - The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) is inviting applications for its Public Health Higher Education Internship Program, beginning the summer of 2007. The program is dedicated to expanding the public health awareness and skills of professionals serving blind and visually impaired individuals. The initiative targets highly motivated professionals who desire to assume leadership roles and responsibilities that effect strategic changes in the legislative, regulatory, legal and professional environment that impact blind and visually impaired individuals and the professionals that serve them. The program is designed to focus on interdisciplinary strategies that build on public health principles which have broad community impact. For additional public health perspective on the design of the internship program, applicants are referred to the Special Supplement of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) on Vision Loss and Public Health, and the article entitled “Community Services, needs, and Resources in Visual Impairment: A 21st Century Public Health Perspective authored by Anthony F. Di Stefano, Kathleen M. Huebner, Missy Garber, and Audrey J. Smith, and found at http://www.afb.org/jvib/jvib001305.asp.

Qualified Applicants - Candidates should be currently pursuing a post-graduate course of study in a relevant human service discipline that impacts people with vision loss.

Structure - The Public Health Higher Education Internships are designed to provide a flexible on-campus and distance experiences within a clearly defined set of goals and objectives. The length of each internship will generally be four to six weeks in length. Although specific projects will vary depending on the interests and ability of each candidate, the emphasis will be on developing and implementing public health strategies to benefit individuals with vision loss and/or the professionals serving them. Interns will work directly with Dr. Anthony Di Stefano, OD., MPH, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Kathleen M. Huebner, and other departmental faculty appropriate to the project.

Internship Awards - All internship participants will be offered a housing and/or living stipend to support relevant expenses during the period of the internship program.

Applications - To apply, send a resume or CV along with a letter of interest via -mail to The National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI), c/o Dr. Kathleen Mary Huebner, kathyh@salus.edu.