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McKinley Park Underage Drinking & Other Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
230 W. Cermak Rd, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60616 

Telephone: 312-225-8708

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Jobs & Internship Postings

Health Communications Intern

WHO WE ARE: The Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) has an internship opening for a part-time or full-time health communications intern for the McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substance (McK-UDOS) Prevention Coalition to begin immediately.

OUR COALITION'S GOAL: McK-UDOS is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. The coalition’s goal is to prevent and reduce alcohol and marijuana use among youth in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood.

EDUCATION: Must be enrolled in university at undergraduate or graduate level. Studying public health, journalism, communications, marketing, global health, education, social work or other equivalent field is preferred.


  • Assist in expanding, sustaining, and coordinating a multi-sector coalition in McKinley Park by reaching out to schools, churches and local community organizations.
  • Attend meetings with social service agencies, law enforcement, schools, community-based organizations.
  • Write articles to promote coalition prevention efforts and activities to be published on Chicago Tribune’s Community Contributors page, local ethnic newspapers, social media channels.
  • Manage social media channels, including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Assist the coalition in planning prevention activities to meet the aims and objectives of the coalition.
  • Assist in distributing campaign materials (posters, flyers, and brochures) to schools, parents, and community members at events and meetings.
  • Communicate /present Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) results and other data related to underage drinking and marijuana use in McKinley Park to public health officials, coalition members, local community leaders, school administrators and teachers, and parents.
  • Prepare briefs, reports, policy statements, presentations, and other materials as needed.
  • Carry out project-related administrative responsibilities and perform other duties as required.


  • Experience in journalistic writing and social media required.
  • Knowledge and professional experience in substance abuse or related fields preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, comfortable with public speaking and presentations.
  • Flexible working hours with the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and professionalism in the workplace.

SALARY RANGE: This is an unpaid position that can be paired with school credit.

If interested, please email a resume with a cover letter to:

Vernalynne De La Rosa
Program Coordinator
230 W. Cermak, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616
Tel: 312-225-8708

230 W. Cermak Rd, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60616
Telephone: 312-225-8708
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