Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

March 24, 2015

Interested in Public Health?

The mission of the UIHI is to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities through information, scientific inquiry and technology.

We are currently seeking a UW student to fill our Urban Indian Public Health Trainee position. The student in this position will support the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, in its core functions. The mission of the UIHI is to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities through information, scientific inquiry, and technology. The Public Health Trainee will create a plan for skills and knowledge goals that is aligned with the UIHI scope of work and based on the Trainee’s professional interests and abilities. The Public Health Trainee will work under the close mentorship of a UIHI staff member. For more information about the UIHI see our website:

Duties will be dependent on the Public Health Trainee’s experience and interests but may include any of the following:

  1. Helping with the development of UIHI communication materials to share with Urban Indian Health Organizations.
  2. Drafting letters, tables, charts, graphs, maps, data tables, and other visual aids as necessary.
  3. Assisting in the editing and formatting of project reports and related materials.
  4. Scheduling and documenting conference calls and webinars.
  5. Participating in grant writing and proposal development tasks.
  6. Using project and data filing systems per standard UIHI practices.
  7. Performing quality checking on data for completeness and accuracy.
  8. Performing other office tasks associated with projects, such as preparing materials, filing, copying, literature searches, bibliography entries and editing, data entry, and other duties as needed.
  9. Participating as part of project teams by attending meetings.
  10. May make oral presentations utilizing displays and other audio-visual aids as necessary.

Time commitment: Part-time position, 20 hours per week

Education: Must have a high school diploma or GED by position start date.

Experience:  Familiarity with health and social issues facing American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Applicant should have the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Use software programs proficiently including Windows, Word, and Excel.
  • Learn to use new software such as: Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, Endnote, and SharePoint.
  • Understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Multi-task and take direction from multiple people.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, superiors, public officials, and representative of other agencies and organizations, and with the general public.
  • Prioritize tasks, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.

NOTE:  Funding for this part-time position is supported by grant funds only until August 31, 2015. Estimated hours are 20 hours per week from May-August (depending on student/school schedule). This position is scheduled to end no later than August 31, 2015. This potential end date does not constitute a contract; the SIHB is an at-will employer. If the selected candidate is a student interested in earning course credit the UIHI can work with the student’s educational institution so that she or he can receive credit for this experience.

Start date: May or June, 2015 (depending on student/school schedule)

End date: August 31, 2015

Location: 611 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: April 26, 2015

How to apply:

  • Completely fill out online application at and electronically sign application.
  • Send resume and cover letter to with Public Health Trainee and your name in the subject line.
  • Both steps are necessary to complete the application process.

Required forms and materials:

A completed Seattle Indian Health Board application, resume, and cover letter. In the cover letter, describe:

  • Your experience with American Indian and Alaska Native communities,
  • Your interest in public health, and
  • How you plan to use this experience to support your short and long-term career goals.

Incomplete or late application materials may not be processed.

Supervisor contact info:

Project Coordinator