Shop Healthy Intern




New York
New York
United States


The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.


The Shop Healthy Program is seeking an intern to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) through September 29, 2018. The objective of Shop Healthy to increase access to healthy food and engage residents and organizations to support sustainable food retail change in their community. The program, launched in 2012, grew out of years of intensive work with more than 1,000 retailers in high-need communities of the city, and targets multiple types of food retailers.  


This position will be housed within the Bureau of Systems Partnership in the Division of Center for Health Equity, but is based at the Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center. The Bureau is committed to addressing inequities within the food system utilizing a range of strategies, such as implementation of place-based approaches, incorporation of root causes and social determinants of health, and utilization of community-informed processes. The Division aims to strengthen and amplify the Health Department’s work to eliminate health inequities, which are rooted in historical and contemporary injustices and discrimination, including racism. This position will report to the Project Manager.


  • Conduct neighborhood canvassing and mapping activities;
  • Provide technical assistance to corner stores and supermarkets;
  • Visit stores and disseminate information about promotion of healthy products;
  • Assist with delivering incentives to stores and conducting inventory of incentives; and
  • Data collection, input and cleaning.



  • Candidate must be enrolled in a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s level program (e.g., Public Health, Community Health, Urban Health, Urban Food Policy, Food Systems, Food Studies);  
  • Candidate should be detail-oriented, organized and creative;
  • Strong communication skills and comfortable presenting to medium size audiences;
  • Some academic or professional background in research preferred;
  • Ability to travel to Brooklyn;
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork (approximately 2-4 hours/day); and

Ability to lift 50lbs


Candidate must be available to work up to 20 hours per week at the Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center in Brooklyn. Salary will be $18 an hour.

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Chantelle Brathwaite at with “Shop Healthy Intern_Your Name” in subject line. 


The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.