CPCA 2017 Intern Program


The goal of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Intern Program is to increase the diversity of public health and health care leaders working within California communities.


The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) is committed to creating and sustaining a meaningful intern program that provides real-life work experience and opportunities for students wishing to enter the public health and health care delivery space, with a special emphasis on exposing students to primary care and community health center workforce opportunities.

Program Structure

CPCA is committed to ensuring a meaningful and engaging experience for our interns, which include, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Detailed and measurable project(s) with expert supervision and support.
  • Dedicated time to meet and network with our CEO, Carmela Castellano-Garcia.
  • Regardless of which department you are assigned, an opportunity to interact with all departments, staff, and other interns at CPCA.
  • At least one opportunity to participate in a health center site visit.
  • An opportunity to interact and network with community health center leaders from across the state.
  • An opportunity to participate in legislative/advocacy discussions with members and partners.


Additionally, interns are invited to attend CPCA’s Annual Conference in October as a volunteer, with the conference registration fee waived.

Intern Recruitment

Click on the links below to review our 2017 Summer Internship opportunities.  Please email your résumé and cover letter to Christina Hicks, cmhicks@cpca.org, by Friday, March 17, 2017.


Government Affairs Intern 

Help implement a grassroots advocacy and public affairs strategy that advances the mission of community health centers in California.


Government Affairs Law Clerk

Help expand health center’s knowledge on immigration law.


Development & External Relations Intern 

Support CPCA’s education, training, outreach, branding, and communications efforts.


Health Center Operations Intern 

Support the development of educational content that directly supports technical assistance needs of community health centers.  Data validation and reporting projects may also be available dependent on skill level.


Project Management Intern 

Support the development, implementation and evaluation of both new and existing CPCA projects to ensure that CPCA is most effectively supporting California community clinics and health centers.

2017 Annual Sponsors