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Summer Programs

CT Public Health College Corps Summer Program

With a statewide effort to improve the health and safety of communities through education and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, the CT Public Health College Corps seeks to increase the capacity of community partners who have established trust within their communities and who are focusing on addressing vaccine hesitancy and could scale their efforts with this trained support.

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Serve Your Community: July 19 - August 20, 2021

Many have heard the slogan “vaccines save lives” but there is still hesitancy around getting vaccinated. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent vaccines produced to combat other diseases have made it apparent that vaccinations in arms save lives, not vaccines that remain in vials.

In response, Quinnipiac University has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to recruit, train and connect up to 150 College Corps members to serve in a new CT Public Health College Corps this summer, July 19 through August 20, 2021. All current college students 18 years or older who are pursuing either an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree at a Connecticut college or university are eligible to apply. Connecticut residents who attend college out of state are also eligible.

Corps members will receive one week of specialized online training prior to being matched with local community partners throughout the state, with a preference for matching corps members in or near the communities in which they live. After training, they will then be matched to work for 4 weeks supporting community-based organizations and state agencies to provide much needed capacity for new or existing efforts to address vaccine hesitancy.

Corps members will do this by helping to engage, educate and encourage community members about the importance of getting vaccinated. Corps members will be supported in weekly cohort meetings with team leaders and mentors who will provide ongoing guidance, resources and support. All corps members who complete the program requirements will receive a $2750 stipend.

The summer 2021 application is open now until the application deadline of Friday, July 9, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Programming

Corps members will be trained and supported by Quinnipiac University faculty and leaders from community-based organizations to help address vaccine hesitancy by offering:

  • Event planning and support
  • Community event participation
  • Community canvasing and outreach
  • Administrative support
  • Social media campaigning
  • Conducting community surveys
  • Helping with communications campaigns
  • Any other tasks to support community-based partners

Participation Requirements

Applicants must be 18 years or older to be considered and must currently be enrolled in an associate's, bachelor’s or graduate degree program at either a Connecticut college or university OR be a Connecticut resident currently attending a college or university out of state.

Application Information

The summer 2021 application is open now, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the 150 corps members spots are filled. The application deadline is July 9, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET, but submission of an application does not guarantee selection to the program.

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COVID-19 Measures

All corps members and community-based placements will be following current state and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 measures. As part of the eligibility requirements, corps members must either be vaccinated or show proof that they are in the process of getting their vaccination.

Contact Us

For questions about the CT Public Health College Corps or application process, please contact summerprograms@qu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to the College Corps?

Current college students 18 years or older who are enrolled in a Connecticut college or university in an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree program OR a current Connecticut resident college student attending an out-of-state institution.

How long is the commitment?

The commitment of being a corps member runs from July 19 to August 20, 2021. The recruitment, selection and hiring process will be ongoing until training begins on Monday, July 19, and runs for 5 days, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through July 23, 2021. Corps members must have 100% attendance and complete all training modules to be considered for site matching and the stipend payment. The corps members are expected to report daily to their community-based partner placements based on their preferences but also based on the needs of different partners in different locations. These are in-person assignments, and corps members must have reliable access to transportation to their community partner assignments. Corps members are expected to be working full time, 35 hours per week, but their work schedule and hours may vary depending on the community partner’s needs.

What are the hours?

Corps members are expected to be available and working 35 hours per week or full time. The training period is included in compensation and will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 19–23, 2021. From July 26 – August 20, Monday through Friday, with the possibility of weekends, corps members will be working 35 hours per week, based on the community partners’ needs and taking into account the corps members’ preferences.

What will corps members be doing?

Corps members may be asked to do a variety of activities by community members but always in the service of helping them address vaccine hesitancy. Duties or tasks may include event planning or support, canvassing or engaging community members door-to-door, creating and supporting social media campaigns, supporting local community events, etc.

Is this remote or in-person?

Training will be provided online remotely. It will include a combination of live and on-your-own-time reading, discussion questions and other assignments. Assignments out in the community will be in person.