WHITE PLAINS, NY –National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA) welcomes a new class of interns for the 2013 summer program, Social Marketing Approaches to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Successful applicants were selected from a pool of over 200 students with distinguished academic records and evidence of demonstrated leadership in health education, wellness, and advocacy.
NHPA’s internship program is designed to provide each intern with a broad overview of the development, testing, and dissemination of effective approaches to health promotion and disease prevention as well as to capitalize on each intern’s academic background, current interests, and career aspirations. Over the course of the internship, participants will receive training and experience in several core areas related to disease prevention, health promotion, wellness and behavioral health.
In total, NHPA selected four interns from the most competitive universities around the United States. This year’s group of interns include: Emily Hough (Bucknell University), Brittany Canter (University of Michigan), Caroline Botvin (Fordham University), and Katie Irmler (Cornell University). Two more interns from the FARO Global Programme Foreign Exchange in Spain will join the NHPA program later next month. This FARO program provides resources for young professionals from Spain to visit an American business to refine and sharpen their professional skills.
“We are excited to welcome these bright and enthusiastic college students. We hope to learn as much from them as they learn from us,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, the founder and president of NHPA. “Our internship program continues to grow every year—attracting students from some of the nation’s best universities. All of the interns, domestic and foreign, were chosen because of their records of accomplishment and their expressed desire to learn more about behavioral health, wellness and social media.”
In addition to learning about the use of social media in promoting health and wellness, the interns will become familiar with the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) Program. LST is an evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program used in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and in 33 countries around the world. Over 30 years of peer-reviewed research has found that LST reduces tobacco, alcohol, and drug use by as much as 80 percent.
About National Health Promotion Associates
National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA) is a dynamic and innovative research and development firm located in White Plains, New York. NHPA focuses on developing, evaluation, and training for prevention programs related to substance abuse, violence, and other health risk behaviors, particularly those common during adolescence. For more information visit www.lifeskillstraining.com.