CHEER is hiring Student Interns!

Role Description:

The Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) at Boston Medical Center is a world-class center for maternal-child health advocacy, training, and research. Its mission is to bring about health equity by collaborating with community-based partners and providing technical assistance, training, evaluation, and inspiration. CHEER focuses on underserved populations, with a particular emphasis on maternal-child health and nutrition.

CHEER is hiring four Student Interns to support the following projects:

CHAMPS National: This new project will involve enrolling, training, and supporting 100 US hospitals to increase safe, equitable maternity care practices consistent with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding with the goal of decreasing racial inequities in breastfeeding.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Mississippi CHAMPS | The Way Forward: Mississippi Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (MS CHAMPS) is a hospital-based initiative that promotes evidence-based maternity practices, with the ultimate goal of increasing breastfeeding rates and decreasing racial disparities in breastfeeding. The Way Forward project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg foundation, aims to investigate associations between institutional racism and maternity care practices and provide breastfeeding education for prenatal health care providers.

Sustaining Baby Friendly in Mississippi 2.0: This project aims to sustain Baby-Friendly designation in hospitals and enhance equitable, maternity care practices supportive of breastfeeding in Mississippi. Objectives include: training healthcare workers, implementing lactation support in hospitals across the state, promoting breastfeeding education module, and collaborating with key partners such as the Mississippi Department of Health.

Responsibilities include: survey distribution and data collection, assisting with community health assessments, communicating with project contacts, and certain administrative tasks. Student Interns may also support CHEER’s social media and communications, including its website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


We are looking for Boston University students who are mature, extremely organized, and motivated. Students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong interest/background in health equity. Prior professional experience is preferred, but not required. Proficiency in Word and Excel is required, and experience using WordPress, Qualtrics, and/or statistical programs such as SAS or SPSS is a plus.

Student Interns are typically graduate students at Boston University or Boston University Medical Campus but undergraduate students with relevant experience are encouraged to apply. This position qualifies as an MPH practicum requirement, but it is not required that a student use it as a practicum experience.

Students will be expected to work 20 hours a week during the academic year. The pay is $20/hour.

To Apply:

Interested candidates can email their resume and cover letter (not to exceed one page each) with the job title in the subject line to the following CHEER contacts:

Mariah Banks, Project Management Specialist

Kathryn Pollack-Hinds, Research Assistant III

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2023.