Program Assistant
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Program Assistant

The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. In partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations expedite the execution of demonstration projects, help expand successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.



The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP) strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes, among New Yorkers. It has created and implemented programs and policies with national and international impact. BCDP is focused on shifting environments to prevent chronic disease and promote more equitable health outcomes, with a focus on poor nutrition, tobacco use and the built environment as well as increased awareness and screening for hypertension and cancer. BCDP aims to work with partners in government and in the community to employ evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research to advance its objectives. The Bureau recognizes that a history of racial discrimination and social injustices have led to unjust barriers to health and, in turn, risk factors for chronic disease disproportionately and unfairly affect New Yorkers who have been historically and structurally marginalized. The Bureau sits within the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness.



The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention’s Healthy Eating Unit Policy Team is looking for a highly motivated program assistant to support food and nutrition policy development and research. The Food and Nutrition Policy Intern will be a key member of a fast-paced team that develops innovative approaches to improving the NYC food environment. Extending the duration of this internship opportunity may be possible (e.g. to Spring 2022).



  • Assist with literature reviews, research, and data entry to aid in food policy development
  • Monitor nutrition research, track national nutrition initiatives and legislation
  • Perform other work as needed to support the chronic disease prevention agenda, including a variety of tasks and projects that expose intern to Healthy Eating Unit and BCDP projects





  • Candidate must have completed their first semester in a Master’s level program; public health, public policy or law students are highly desirable.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, creative thinking, and follow through
  • Superior writing skills and ability to communicate effectively



  • This is a paid internship of up to $20/hour.
  • Candidates will ideally be available at least 3 days per week (21 hours).
  • This position is located at 42-09 28th St, Queens, NY, but may have a remote work option during the COVID-19 pandemic.  



To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.


The Fund for Public Health in New York City, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.