Lenox Hill Neighborhood House has openings for Spring 2021 Health Care & Benefits Intern with our twenty-five person Legal Advocacy Department. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 127-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 15,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. Our clients include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, adult learners and more.
Our Legal Advocacy Department assists over 6000 low-income individuals and families in Manhattan each year with diverse civil legal issues such as housing, health care, government benefits and advance directives. We operate through a multidisciplinary holistic approach to legal representation, such that our clients receive assistance not only with their civil legal needs, but also have access to our social workers, care managers, ESOL classes and more within our organization. This synergy of legal advocacy and social services creates a powerful tool to achieve social and legal justice for those in need. For more information on Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, please visit our website at www.lenoxhill.org.
Reporting to our Legal Advocate, the undergraduate intern will have a unique opportunity to improve health care access to medically underserved populations. The intern will gain a unique experience in alleviating health care disparities through working closely with attorneys and advocates on health care and benefit enrollment, including food assistance (SNAP). Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to assist with intake and our various pro bono projects.
The Health Care & Benefits Intern will be an integral part of our civil legal services program and will:
· Conduct intake and interviews with potential clients by telephone;
· Obtain information necessary to determine program eligibility and collect documents vital to our provision of free legal assistance;
· Work collaboratively with attorneys and advocates as needed to provide services to clients regarding their public benefit and health care issues to improve healthcare access to low income seniors, immigrants and children;
· Assist with coordination of pro bono clinics for advance directives and Medicare enrollment, including scheduling appointments and follow-up with clients;
· Prepare written correspondence to clients, community members, pro bono partners and other stakeholders;
· Provide referrals and linkages to clients; and
· Complete data entry and data management related to client matters, outreach and grant-related information.
We are looking for an undergraduate student who can intern remotely with us for a minimum of 15-20 hours per week during Spring 2021. Interns will be given remote access to email, as well as our data management systems. We also require interns to download Google Voice to make work calls that will not require them to give out their personal phone numbers.
Applicants should have a commitment to public service as well as excellent communication skills. Spanish proficiency a plus. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. The internship is unpaid.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter specifying the internship to which they are applying, resume and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.