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Internship Opportunity - Interest List Specialist Intern - Housing Program

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The Health Trust

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The Health Trust Housing program provides support to low-income and chronically ill individuals throughout Santa Clara County. The Health Trust provides housing assistance to participants struggling with physical disabilities, mental health, and homelessness. Participants are connected to a Housing Specialist and a Case Manager who will help locate and secure housing while assisting with food assistance, chronic medical needs, and advocacy. The Health Trust also provides Rental Subsidies, funded by the City of San Jose and Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing. Once participants are housed, they will receive landlord and tenant mediation to help ensure housing retention.

Under general supervision of the program manager and according to Housing general policies and procedure, the intern will perform duties in an office setting which include sitting at a computer for prolonged periods, transferring paperwork into a database, creating a database, and contacting individuals on the interest list.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Create a database system to enter information from paper applications
  • Reach out to waitlisted applicants to verify information and maintain waitlist as needed
  • Attend and participate in required Housing meetings
  • Learn and apply Motivational Interviewing techniques to ascertain client willingness/ability to make changes and utilize referral information.
  • Become familiar with community-based resources for those struggling with housing, and refer clients to appropriate resources to meet their needs.
  • Understand the scope of social work services provided by The Health Trust, and/or shadow or conduct informational interviews with other department managers.
  • Understand The Health Trust’s public and private partnerships in Santa Clara County.
  • Contact family members or emergency contacts to update them on client status.
  • Additional duties may be assigned as needed to meet class requirements.


  • Experience in working with homeless populations and those living with chronic diseases preferred.
  • Outgoing, caring, empathetic people person, who is able to make conversation, build rapport, and engage easily with seniors, some of whom are: hard of hearing or deaf, have limited eyesight, have various stages of dementia/cognitive impairment, and/or are unable to walk without an assistive device.
  • Willingness to use language interpreter phone service to provide services to non-English speaking clients.
  • Ability to model and communicate the Housing program to other agencies/organizations, and support a culture of empowerment and teamwork at The Health Trust.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations, and display cultural humility.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products and Google Apps
  • Preferred bilingual in Spanish and/or Vietnamese, but not required

Areas of Study:

  • Public Health
  • Social work
  • IT


  • 18+, online application, resume, onboarding forms, interview by supervising staff, and background check. Interns are responsible for background check fees, which can be reimbursed upon completion of minimum commitment requirements.
  • Proof of COVID vaccination
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Orientation and training
  • Bilingual Spanish/English or Vietnamese/English, preferred
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and handle multiple tasks
  • Must be able to commit to 2-3 hours once a week, Monday-Friday, for a minimum of 3 months
  • In-person internship

Working Conditions:

  • Professional office environment and homes, apartment complexes, senior living facilities, etc. of clients.

If interested, please send your resume and availability to the Community Partnerships Manager, Stefany Wilson at volunteers@healthtrust.org

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About The Health Trust


3180 Newberry Dr., Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95118, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To build health equity in the Silicon Valley.


Our Vision:

A healthier Silicon Valley for everyone.


We at The Health Trust believe that if Silicon Valley is a community where innovation is changing the world, then it also can be a community where innovation changes the lives of everyone - especially our most vulnerable residents - for the better.

As we strive to make our vision reality, we reflect the values of Silicon Valley. When we tackle a problem, we take the broad view. We rely on expertise, partnerships and best practices to generate solutions that will have the greatest impact on those we serve. We invest in projects that are sustainable, show measurable results and provide the greatest return on investment for the community.

With a strong emphasis on prevention, we focus our work through three initiatives: Healthy Living, Healthy Aging and Healthy Communities. Through direct services, we are helping one person at a time. And through policy advocacy and grantmaking, we are changing the local environment to promote healthy eating, healthy aging and healthy living.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


1400 Parkmoor AvenueSan Jose, CA 95126



  • Administrative Support
  • Data Entry
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Google Apps
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours a week, Monday-Friday, for a minimum of 6 months
  • Online application, resume, interview by supervising staff, background check. Interns are responsible for background check fees, which can be reimbursed upon completion of minimum commitment requirements.

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