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North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center - P.H.D. Internship Opportunity

What is P.H.D.?

The YMCA P.H.D. (Physical, Healthy and Driven) program is an obesity prevention, weight management and nutrition education program targeting at-risk children and families in the Twin Cities metro. Its goal is to teach the importance of becoming more physically active and motivated to take charge of their overall health and well-being. The overarching goal of the YMCA P.H.D. is to increase the number of youth and families that incorporate exercise and healthful choices into their lives, and to thereby positively impact the skyrocketing rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases among the families we serve.

Essential Internship Duties

P.H.D. interns will provide youth with fun, interactive lessons that will enrich, educate and empower our youth to modify unhealthy habits. P.H.D. interns work with the P.H.D. coordinator, P.H.D. specialist, Unit Lead staff, and Teen Lead staff to implement activities focused on either physical education or nutrition. Interns will also assist with promoting and marketing the program to organizations and parks. In addition, because we are serving is at-risk youth, P.H.D. interns must be compassionate yet vigilantly aware mandatory reporters.

Physical Education Internship

Physical education interns are in charge of planning and delivering age-appropriate physical fitness activities. This role will be responsible for providing a structured, positive environment in which fun fitness & assessment activities may be conducted. In addition, the physical education intern is expected to assist with administrative tasks and the expansion of the program's strategic partnership network.

Nutrition Education Internship

Nutrition education interns will deliver nutrition lessons through fun, interactive activities designed to inspire healthy choices and encourage P.H.D. participants to share this new information with their friends and family members. This role will educate youth about food while making the information fun, accessible and relevant. In addition, these lessons should incorporate hands-on, creative activities to engage participants and generate enthusiasm for healthy eating.


- Major in communication, public health, nutrition or other relevant fields
- 3-4 months' experience working with at-risk youth
- Critical and creative thinker
- Strong communication skills necessary; both indirect and direct communication with parents/families, community organizations and park directors will be required
- Ability to plan and implement relevant activities and lesson plans
- Ability to work well under pressure
- Ability to work well with children in grades K-12
- Ability to work 20 hours a week
- Ability to maintain positive attitude, enthusiasm, great energy
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Publisher and Word

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**Deadline for application is August 3rd, 2012**
**Interviews will be conducted on August 6th, 2012- August 10th, 2012**

**Please contact Souk Phetsamone: PHD Coordinator for more information at 612-588-9484 or email question to**

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