DE&I MSW Field Placement
PAID INTERNSHIP -- $17.00 PER HOUR
The Alzheimer's Association is working to address disparities in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The purpose of this role is to increase the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter’s capacity to increase reach, access, and participation in care and support among communities disproportionately impacted by the disease (e.g. BIPOC and LGBTQ communities).
Underrepresented and underserved communities are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and yet are less likely to be diagnosed, less likely to be recruited to participate in research, and less likely to have access to care and support services. See the Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer’s Fact Sheet. With the Care Consultation team, the intern will help raise awareness and provide education about Alzheimer’s and other dementia in underserved communities in Boston and/or Lawrence.
The Programs and Services department works to provide programs that support people living with dementia and their families, including educational programs, support groups, and early stage social engagement programs. We offer programs designed for people living with dementia, their family members and caregivers, and professionals. Click here to learn more about our work with families.
The Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter will provide the necessary clinical supervision, documentation, assignments, and education to fulfill the MSW’s student’s requirements for academic credit. There is flexibility in the specific activities of the field placement to reflect MSW’s student’s interests, experience, and specific school requirements.
The role and activities of the field placement may include, but are not limited to:
- Organize and deliver Programs and Services with particular focus on at-risk populations including but not limited to the Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx populations offered through the Alzheimer’s Association, which include:
- support groups,
- educational programming,
- Awareness presentations,
- social engagement programming for people with early-stage dementia, and
- other community events
- Provide outreach and follow-up calls and emails to caregivers of at-risk populations including but not limited to the Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx populations who have participated in the Dementia Care Coordination program or have attended Alzheimer’s Association education programs and support groups.
- Provide information and referral support by phone and email including: rapport-building, support, Alzheimer’s and dementia education, and Association and community-based resource information
- Document detailed constituent information in Personify, the Association’s CRM (constituent relationship management system)
- Triage callers to other staff in situations that exceed the Intern’s knowledge, skills or availability
- Lead and support projects to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia in underserved communities including:
- Identifying community organizations with whom to partner
- Conducting discovery meetings with potential partners
- Planning a programs or events to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementia in underserved communities
- Collaborate with staff in the review and update of community resource listings
Key Educational/Professional Requirements:
- Bilingual; especially preferred would be Spanish/English or Haitian Creole/English
- Familiarity with Hispanic/Latino culture
- Enrolled in MSW program, part-time or full-time
- Comfort with doing outreach in person and via phone, chat, Google Meet, etc.
- Must have excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
- General knowledge/interest in the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s disease
- Comfort with learning new software applications
Duration: One academic year
Schedule: 10-24 hours per week
Hours are flexible but generally must be completed during normal business hours, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:30pm. Occasional work from home is negotiable.
Location: Waltham, MA, Worcester, MA
Type: Part-time, not eligible for benefits
Position Grade: 301 - Paid internship (Anticipated rate: $17 per hour)