Contact: 
Jim Williams
Address: 
611 South Kingsley Drive, LA, CA 90005
Phone: 
(213) 201-1379
Description of Organization and Population Served: 
APLA Health is one of the nation's largest AIDS service organizations, provides direct services to more than 10,000 men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County. Services include prevention education, a food bank, professional dental care, housing assistance, mental health counseling, women's services and case management. APLA Health is a leader in the provision of bilingual HIV treatment information, in print and on the Internet, and advocates for effective AIDS-related policies and legislation on the local, state and federal level. For more information, please visit www.apla.org. APLA exists through the generous contributions of private individuals, private foundations and government sources, and has an annual budget in excess of $16 million. APLA currently has a paid staff of 130, and a volunteer staff of over 2,000. The Community-Based Research program focuses on examining social and psychological factors that influence the health and health behaviors of people living with HIV and populations at high risk of HIV infection. Our research focuses particularly on the experiences of HIV-positive people of color and young Black and Latino gay and bisexual men. APLA Health community-based research interns work on multiple APLA Health research projects.
Description of Fieldwork Project and Responsibilities of Intern: 
Interns may participate in scheduling or conducting interviews, qualitative data analysis, collaborative team meetings, entering survey data, searching research literature, and assisting with preparation of grant proposals, as well as materials for presentation and publication. Other activities might involve screening participants or doing outreach at community venues, including nighttime outreach at gay-identified bars and clubs. Interns in our program are active team members involved in many aspects of the research projects, and expected to contribute independently and creatively to the research process. Self-motivated interns typically develop many new skills during the program, along with a hands-on understanding of community-based research.
Special Qualifications: 
Must possess willingness to learn research and evaluation skills necessary for applied social, behavioral, and public policy research.Must have word processing skills using MS Word, and should have some familiarity with statistical analysis using SPSS. Interns should be nonjudgmental and sensitive, have good written and oral sills, and the ability to work well with others. Excellent written and verbal communication skills Strong PC, MS Office, and Internet skills. Candidates should possess strong writing skills and familiarity with multiple research methods. Equally important is experience in or eagerness to learn about recruitment methods, writing about qualitative research findings, qualitative analysis procedures, and guidelines to protect study respondents’ confidentiality and welfare. We particularly encourage candidates who have experience with diverse populations, such as ethnic minority, HIV-positive, or LGBT individuals. There are two internship levels: gap year and three-month. The gap year internship is a yearlong program for students who have completed a BA or BS and are considering graduate studies leading to a PhD or MD. Gap year interns work 24-32 hours per week on a range of different projects over the course of their year at APLA Health. They obtain extensive training in research planning, recruitment, interviewing, analysis, and writing, while taking on progressively more challenging responsibilities over the course of the year. Three-month internships are designed for students who are currently in school. Fall and spring three-month internships require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, while summer internships are 40 hours per week. Applications should be submitted directly to the Community-Based Research program. Detailed application instructions and deadlines are available at: http://www.apla.org/researchinternship
Hourly Commitment Per Week: 
15 hours