UNPAID INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM: PARENTS AS TEACHERS RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based parent education and family engagement home visiting model serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Parents as Teachers has almost 1,400 affiliate organizations in the United States providing home visiting services to families and children.
Parents as Teachers offers multiple unpaid internship opportunities for public health and social work graduate students with the Research and Evaluation Department at the Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis. Parents as Teachers not only focuses on enhancing child development but the wellness of the child and the entire family. A sample of projects that interns may assist with are below.
DOCUMENTING AND DISSEMINATING EVIDENCE
Evaluation and research is being done on Parents as Teachers programs throughout the world. The Research and Evaluation Team is in the process of gathering published and unpublished outcomes of Parents as Teachers programs. This information is being used to create an evidence inventory that is available to all researchers and practitioners at Parents as Teachers National Center. The collected evidence will be used to create Parents as Teachers fact sheets and promotional materials that can encourage growth of Parents as Teachers programs and provide educational information to parent educators and the families served by Parents as Teachers. An intern working on this project will help review new evidence that comes out, input that evidence into the evidence inventory and assist with the development of fact sheets.
HEALTHY TOMORROWS PROGRAM AND EVALUATION AND HEALTH CARE INTEGRATION COMMITTEE AT Parent as Teachers
One of the initiatives here at Parents as Teachers National Center is our Health Care Integration Initiative (HCI). A number of Parents as Teachers programs are funded through local and/or federal government health programs. Parents as Teachers National Center would like to continue to make inroads into the health care system to increase their access to funding but also improve the health related outcomes of Parents as Teachers families. The initiative is currently spearheaded by a committee within Parents as Teachers National Center. The HCI committee is playing an important part in the Healthy Tomorrows project in Springfield, MO in which the Springfield Public Schools Parents as Teachers and Parents as Teachers National Center have been funded to house parent educators in hospitals and pediatric clinics in the Springfield area. An intern with this initiative will assist the HCI committee with needs such as literature reviews and help design and implement the Healthy Tomorrows program evaluation.
NORMANDY Parents as Teachers
The Normandy Healthy Start program is the second direct service project being managed from Parents as Teachers National Center. The Normandy program will provide standard Parents as Teachers services to those families in Normandy; however there will be a focus on screening for parental depression, linking those with parental depression to providers and following up after the referrals are made. An intern working with this project will help with the project implementation including facilitating training for screening and referrals, assisting with the building of a network of mental health providers that work closely with Parents as Teachers, helping in the development of an evaluation design as well as assisting with evaluation data collection.
SUMMARY OF INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns can work on any combination of the above mentioned projects depending on the interest of the intern and the available workload.
POSSIBLE Responsibilities include:
- Conduct literature and evidence reviews on the impact of home visiting models both specific to Parents as Teachers and general to the field and document themes and outcomes related to parenting practice, parent-child interaction, child development, family engagement, community engagement, and more
- Provide data collection and evaluation technical assistance to affiliates
- Data collection, entry and management
- Assist with analyzing and summarizing data
- Dissemination products such as reports, fact sheets, and presentations
- Education and/or Experience: Enrolled in a Master’s program for social work, public health, psychology, or education.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to analyze, synthesize, and summarize information accurately and clearly. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and knowledge of SPSS desired but not required.