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 7 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: Maroussi, Attica, Greece

INDUSTRY: Public Health / Science / Environment

ABOUT US: Τhe Prolepsis Institute was established in 1990. 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 pre-requisite 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,
  • support the community and the most vulnerable population groups, and
  • create networks for interdisciplinary and international cooperation on public health issues.

With a strong belief that health is a fundamental, non-negotiable and inalienable right for every human being, Prolepsis focuses on research, education and applied initiatives under six fields of action: preventive medicine, medical research, occupational health, environmental health and humanitarian action. At its core, the Institute’s philosophy revolves around fostering individual creativity and innovation and approaching problems from diverse perspectives.

During its 30 years of activity in public health, the Institute has expanded from a small team of professionals and researchers to a force of 21 experts, numerous external collaborators, and over 140 volunteers. Its human resources consist of a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, public health specialists, statisticians, economists, nutritionists, sociologists and a health communication specialist.

Since its establishment, Prolepsis Institute has implemented over 50 large-scale programs, contributing to a diverse range of public health issues on national, European and international levels.

The Prolepsis Institute has received numerous awards. Among others it has made the 2017 and 2018 Top – Rated List of the USA based GreatNonprofits.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: The IOP Director’s Intern will be joining a dynamic multidisciplinary team of physicians, public health specialists, psychologists, dieticians, statisticians, communication experts and 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.

The Director’s intern will be involved in projects which entail multifaceted objectives and activities: provision of services to vulnerable populations, designing research protocols; conducting literature reviews, epidemiological studies and statistical analyses; developing technical guidance and educational resource materials, training (including research training) and informing professionals and involved groups on topics related to preventive medicine; collecting and disseminating relevant findings; scientific writing.

More specifically, the Director’s Intern will contribute to the preparation of grant/research proposals, as well as participate in the implementation of European co-funded projects and national programs. Indicatevely, the Intern can be assigned to the following:

  • The Food Aid and Promotion of Healthy Nutrition Program, DIATROFI. The program provides a healthy meal on a daily basis to thousands of students of schools located in vulnerable areas of Greece, while at the same time it encourages healthy nutrition habits. Since 2012, the program has offered over 16 million meals to over 110.550 students across Greece.
  • The implementation of the MIG – DHL project - Development Of A Training Program For Improving Digital Health Literacy Of Migrants. The Director’s Intern will support the team that will develop the training curriculum for newly arrived migrants/refugees as well as peer migrants and health professionals. The aim of this project is to upscale digital health literacy skills, among newly arrived migrants. This will be achieved with the help of key persons in the migrant/refugee communities (peers), as well as health professionals who work with migrants/refugees.
  • The iHERE project - Digital Health Literacy Education For Vulnerable Groups. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, digital skills have come to the forefront while evidence shows that the digital divide is very high and affects mainly the most vulnerable societal groups. This project will examine the level of digital health literacy among vulnerable groups and will develop and implement relevant training to improve digital health literacy in an effort to protect the health and wellbeing.
  • The implementation of the 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.
  • The project titled ‘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’ – Dr PEDCHEF. The project will provide culinary education to pediatricians so as to equip them with much needed skills to support their patients with nutrition related issues.

In regards to specific responsibilities, these would include among others:

  • Reviewing current international developments and best practices with regard to the above-mentioned public health issues.
  • Conducting literature and desktop research.
  • Contributing to the development of training modules and training activities including e-learning.
  • Supporting data analysis and program evaluation.
  • Scientific writing and proofreading of scientific articles.
  • Contributing in communication strategies and fund-raising actions.
  • The ideal candidate should be a native English speaker with strong analytical, research and scientific writing skills. An interest in public health and public service will be highly appreciated.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS:

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

REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Greece, in March 2020, Prolepsis Institute organised and applied remote work for the majority of its workforce, placing great emphasis on sustaining employees’ productivity, wellbeing and loyalty. Remotely collaborating and managing employees poses challenges, mainly due to the fact that employees are not together in the physical office, during unprecedented times. Prolepsis ensures effective communication and collaboration through online applications, platforms and tools, while established the following practices:

  • Our working teams hold weekly meetings and every employee has a weekly one-on-one with their manager. These meetings cut down on the clutter and one-off questions, since the team knows they will get a chance to address any issues during their weekly chat. It also gives everyone regular human interaction, and a chance to present ideas and celebrate wins together.
  • Once a week (every Wednesday) a “zoom-meeting” among all employees/ interns of the Institute is taking place. Each meeting has a specific agenda, including presentation of different projects, grant proposals, public health studies etc. After each presentation a discussion takes place among participants. The particular meeting keeps everyone informed and updated with regards to the ongoing projects, successes and challenges. It also provides the space for open discussions, where everyone can be heard.
  • Once a week (every Friday) a “tele-lunch break” is organised by all employees/ interns. Before the pandemic, daily lunch breaks were a routine in the office, welcomed and very much enjoyed by everyone –employees, interns, volunteers. It was the time for bonding, relaxing, and knowing and understanding each other. Despite the lack of physical interaction, the “tele-lunch break” gives everyone an opportunity to share his or her personalities and interests.
  • Twice a week, online fitness training is provided to all members of the Institute by a personal training. These are virtual class sessions, which get employees remain physical active, supports their wellbeing, while offers a time to bond, relax and enjoy.

In order to adapt internship programs to the unique situation of “telework”, Prolepsis implements the following best practices:

  • Interns collaborate with specific working teams, depending on the program in which they are engaged. Interns participate in the working teams’ weekly meetings and have a weekly one-on-one meeting with each manager. In case of time-difference, these meetings are arranged in convenient time for both sides.
  • Each intern participates in the weekly “zoom-meetings” of the Institute, where he or she has the chance to be informed about all the on-going projects and to interact with all the employees. In case of time-difference, some of these meetings are arranged in convenient time for both sides.
  • In order for the interns to get a holistic perspective of Prolepsis Institute and a better understanding of how departments work as well as collaborate, several meetings between interns and different departments of the organisation are arranged. In case of time-difference, these meetings are arranged in convenient time for both sides.
  • As far as leadership is concerned, Prolepsis also encourages discussions and communication across the company hierarchy. This is made possible, because all managers make an effort to directly collaborate with the interns and encourage them, while providing feedback. In the beginning of the internship, a welcome “zoom-meeting” is also organised between the intern and the General Manager, who gets regular updates about interns’ enrolment and collaboration not only through the managers but also from the interns themselves. A “zoom-meeting” is also arranged with the President of the Institute, Professor Athena Linos.

TIME ZONE: Eastern European Time

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

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE:

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

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