Prolepsis

 

Prolepsis

Civil Law Non-Profit Organization of Preventive Environmental and Occupational Medicine

 

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Writing Sample

LOCATION: Athens, Greece

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).

TIME ZONE: Eastern European Time

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

INDUSTRY: Public Health / Science / Environment

ABOUT US: Prolepsis Institute was established in 1990 in Athens, Greece. Our mission is to respond to major public health needs of Greece and Europe by conducting rigorous academic research and translating it into education, advocacy and humanitarian projects. This mission is rooted in the belief that health equality is a necessary prerequisite for broader social justice and social inclusion. The Institute designs and implements initiatives, both at national and European level, aiming to:

  • conduct research on important issues related to health and well-being, with an emphasis on epidemiology and preventive medicine.
  • promote health education and health awareness.
  • offer humanitarian support and services to vulnerable populations.
  • create networks for interdisciplinary and international cooperation on public health issues.

The IOP Director’s Intern will be joining a dynamic multidisciplinary team of physicians, public health specialists, psychologists, dieticians, statisticians, communication and health communication experts, as well as business administration staff. The position will offer substantive work experience, working on different stages of public health projects in collaboration with other European organizations, as well as networking opportunities through meetings with Greek high-level policy makers and decision makers.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: 

The Director’s Intern will be involved in several national and international projects. Anticipated responsibilities may include:

  • participating in data analysis, program research and evaluation activities
  • conducting desktop research and literature reviews
  • scientific writing (scientific publications)
  • contributing in the development of material, training modules and activities, including e-learning
  • supporting preparation of grant/ research proposals
  • contributing in communication and fund-raising activities Indicative potential project assignments include:

Food Aid and Promotion of Healthy Nutrition Program, DIATROFI: The program provides a small healthy meal on a daily basis to thousands of students of schools located in vulnerable areas of Greece, while at the same time encourages healthy nutrition habits. Since 2012, the program has offered over 16 million meals to over 110.550 students across Greece.

Increased Access To Vaccination for Newly Arrived Migrants – AcToVax4NAM: The project intends to improve vaccination access for Newly Arrived Migrants (NAM), making access conditions more equitable and guaranteed. It targets Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) that are part of the official vaccination programmes and will adopt a life course approach. AcToVax4ΝΑΜ will identify and find solutions for overcoming system barriers and address institutional or system based health literacy for the health and social care professionals who work with NAMs, including non-medical personnel such as health mediators.

Improving IMMunisation cooperation in the European UNION: The IMMUNION project aims to support EU efforts to improve vaccine uptake by strengthening joint efforts amongst Coalition for Vaccination member associations and other stakeholders (e.g., media, national health authorities and local communities). The goal is to address issues of access to accurate, evidence-based information about vaccination and deliver better vaccine education to health professionals and better information to the general public. This will be primarily achieved through strategies focused on communication and training. The program will also develop tools and resources to increase vaccine coverage, in particular amongst underserved populations.

In addition, the intern can support the implementation of the following projects:

- MUC-Training for health project - Municipal Urban Cleaners on health and safety for better quality of life and well being. This project aims to develop and deliver training for municipal urban cleaners as a way of improving and protecting health and safety while on their work. This is a particularly important project given the current COVID-19 pandemic which places this group of employees in a very vulnerable situation.

- Cancerless: For the early detection of cancer in the homeless. The aim of the project is to provide innovative solutions that combine navigation and patient education models for the homeless, so as to create a new integrated model: the Health Navigator model for Europe.

- RIVER-EU: Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region - Engaging Underserved Communities. The project aims to improve access to vaccination services for children and adolescents, reducing inequity and improving vaccine uptake of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccination in underserved communities.

- Hands-on nutrition training for pediatric primary health care practitioners: a novel combination of culinary and applied nutritional education to promote healthy eating habits in childhood. The project Dr PEDCHEF will provide culinary education to pediatricians, so as to equip them with much needed skills to support their patients

SPECIALIZED SKILLS:

  • Social Media Management & Marketing
  • Statistical & Data Analysis
  • Scientific Writing
  • Qualitative & Qualitative Research
  • Advocacy

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

To avoid the potential sense of missing out among remote employees / interns the Institute offers:

  • Weekly zoom calls
  • Company-wide meetings (Wednesday)
  • Lunch Breaks (Friday)
  • Meetings with different departments in order to meet all Prolepsis employees
  • Meetings with Project Directors in order to understand the work the Institute does- internal communication applicable through Prolepsis Skype Group- software solutions to keep everyone updated (cloud)
  • Keep always an open door to leadership

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE:

  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Personal laptop
  • Smart Phone
  • Web Camera
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

2021 Intern Reflection:

At Prolepsis in Greece, I have had the opportunity to work on multiple projects. From literature reviews on food insecurity among the elderly to developing training modules for health professionals regarding addiction education to data analysis for food handling and safety, I have been able to enhance various skillsets as well as learn about the plethora of projects this organization works with. Even though virtual, the team has been able to accommodate the time zone difference and has welcomed me on team meetings and group activities. Being able to immerse myself in this work environment has been extremely rewarding and has provided me with a unique lens on what public health organizations can look like and how they function on a day to day level.

- Joanne Hokayem

2020 Intern Reflection: 

I'd like to preface this with trivial observation - this is the year that the COVID-19 pandemic forced the IOP summer internships to be remote, and so, my experience may be a far cry from what you will be experiencing as a future applicant. I'm about two weeks from the end of my remote internship with the Prolepsis Institute, and I'm incredibly thankful for the summer I've had with them. The Prolepsis team has been incredible in being willing to port this internship into a remote format, They've been incredibly welcoming: I've had the chance organize a number of 1-on-1 meetings with Prolepsis staff across the board to meet the team and learn more about everyone's role in the Institute. I've enjoyed a number of group meetings, including a whole team meeting organized just for my benefit. As I'm working from San Francisco and helping out with COVID-19 relief efforts, time differences and management are difficult to manage, both for me and the teams I'm working with at Prolepsis. However, their understanding and flexibility have made this remote internship run far more smoothly than I could've imagined!

In terms of actual work, Prolepsis's work on health systems and focus on a holistic perspective on the health of underserved and oft ignored populations is a wonderful. I've been working primarily on two projects:
1. Mig-HealthCare: focusing on the healthcare of migrants and refugees, I've had the chance to contribute to Prolepsis's manuscript and original study on the health profiles of migrants/refugees to the EU. This included a number of new, but invaluable experiences for me: performing literature searches, identifying relevant research, and contributing to a scientific paper.
2. ADDfree-Training: working on the introduction of a new Prolepsis project addressing alcohol, tobacco, and internet addictions in EU adolescents. I've had the chance to interface with a number of Prolepsis's partners from all over the EU, write about the European research on addictions, and work on literature searches and dissemination plans.

Beyond this, I've had fun dipping my feet into various other miscellaneous projects. For example, I've helped edit a number of news briefs. I've also had the chance to become a voice actor and narrate instructional videos! Overall, I'm incredibly thankful to the Prolepsis team for the opportunity that I've had this summer. Everyone's so wonderfully passionate and selfless in their work, and despite the challenges both I and Prolepsis faced with a remote internship amidst a pandemic, I've had a lot of fun!

-Maxwell Ho '21

2019 Reflection:

I am halfway into my internship at Prolepsis and I absolutely love my experience and have learned so much! I have shadowed at a Greek hospital, visited schools serviced by Prolepsis’ nutrition program and areas affected by the Attica wildfires, revised grant proposals, and researched possible projects to implement in a new program targeting the elderly loneliness epidemic. Along with all of this, I have been writing an introduction to a paper about migrant healthcare in the EU, analyzing data and writing a report about Roma integration in Greek schools, and conducting comparative analysis between different EU countries to understand the needs of health professionals working with unaccompanied minors and refugees. I am learning about the role of non-profits in the public health sector, refugee health issues in the EU, ways to tackle public health issues, and the situation of Roma in Greece, observing the impact of projects implemented by the very dedicated team at Prolepsis, and gaining many analytical, writing, organizational, and collaboration skills.

One of the best things that I have been exposed is the humble, effective, and passionate leadership and mentorship of the Prolepsis team. I don’t need to speak or understand Greek to see the passion, collaboration, and humility with which the staff run this amazing and impactful non-profit. Also, I have to tell you how much I absolutely love Athens. You will find beaches, mountains to hike, a vibrant city center, rich ancient history, gorgeous homey areas just to walk around, all sorts of clubs to join (hiking, sailing, water polo, to name a few), welcoming people, and very importantly fantastic food. The city has great vibes and it’s very common to sit at a café with friends and talk for hours in the midst of lively streets. Working at Prolepsis has exposed me to many public health issues and effective leadership and allowed me to explore Athens, and I cannot wait to see what the next part of my internship holds!

Maya AlMoussa '22

2018 Reflection:

I am writing four weeks into my internship with Prolepsis, and I could not be more excited about what the following month will bring. All of my coworkers at Prolepsis have been welcoming from my first day, and I have enjoyed getting to know them throughout the last month. In my time at Prolepsis, I have been able to work in a wide range of topic areas relating to Greek and EU public health issues, including health care communication, food insecurity and nutrition, and migrant health care inequity. I have led the construction of a proposal for EU funding to combat the migrant health crisis, worked on presentations to be presented at transnational conferences, and led a literature review for publishing assessing health care related quality of life for surgical patients. While I have been given sincere guidance from a highly experienced group of coworkers, I have also been afforded a great deal of independence to push forward diverse projects.

I highly recommend an internship at Prolepsis to anyone interested in public health or health care fields. I have received indispensable experience in how public health research and advocacy truly works. One of the unique opportunities an internship at Prolepsis affords is the opportunity to work within a different institutional framework than the one found in the US. Though there are far more similarities between American and Greek health care than differences, I have been exposed to nuanced differences between the two regarding problems the health care system faces, dynamics of relevant stakeholders, and cultural and social contexts. Lastly, I would be remiss if I were not to mention that living in Athens should be a consideration for potential interns. I have loved being immersed in the beautiful city of Athens and experiencing the culture, sightseeing, and—of course—amazing food Greece has to offer. An internship at Prolepsis is an excellent use of your time because, as you learn and grow, you will also be furthering work that could have a serious impact in the promotion of health across Greece and the EU.

Max Weiss '20

2017 Reflection: 

Working at Prolepsis has not only introduced me to the public health sector, but immersed me in it. Having never been to Greece, I didn’t know what to expect my first week, but each and every day at work has been exciting and meaningful. I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time; having worked on a multitude of projects related to food insecurity, school feeding programs, risk communication, malpractice litigation, dietary patterns, and much more. I found myself being able to contribute to furthering not only the mission of Prolepsis in promoting health across Greece, but also helping establish frameworks and guidance for public health endeavors across the European Union, which is something I could have never imagined doing until now. 
 
Besides the diversity of the projects that Prolepsis is involved in, the work culture and spirit of collaboration is also very nurturing and inspiring. I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know my colleagues and I’ve learned so much from them through getting to work with many of them on various projects. I’ve also been able to visit sites around Greece, such as schools that DIATROFI, one of Prolepsis’ food nutrition programs, is involved in, and also shadow weekly at a nearby hospitals. In a span of eight weeks, I’ve written 3 brief research papers and 1 editorial that will be published in an EU paper series that is involved in combating epidemics and pandemics, added onto extensive literature reviews regarding food insecurity, health related quality of life, and school feeding programs, and also writing an extensive review paper on the deficiencies of surgeon support with regards to malpractice litigation and inadvertent postoperative complications. The writing, research, collaboration, and creative skills I’ve honed or picked up during my time at Prolepsis will most definitely serve me well back at Harvard, and I believe that any future intern will find their time at Prolepsis incredibly rewarding and inspiring.

 

Athens, Greece