CATCH Global Foundation

PICS Organization Name
CATCH Global Foundation

Austin, Texas

Organization Description
For over 25 years, the CATCH has been proven to launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. Originators of “GO, SLOW and WHOA” food categories, CATCH is the most cost effective means of preventing childhood obesity, in an environment that’s fun and easy to sustain.

CATCH My Breath was developed in 2016 as a response to the 900% spike in youth e-cigarette use between 2011 and 2015. Created by Dr. Steven Kelder, senior scientific editor on the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Youth E-cigarette Use and co-creator of all CATCH curriculum, CATCH My Breath has reached more than 1 million students in grades 5-12 across The United States. CATCH My Breath is the first evidence-based youth nicotine vaping prevention program, and continues to reach thousands of students each week.

Internship Description
The program intern will be at the forefront of this e-cigarette prevention initiative, collaborating with the CATCH executive director Duncan Van Dusen, CATCH board member, Dr. Steven H. Kelder, CATCH My Breath program director Marcella Bianco, senior program coordinator, Patricia Stepaniuk, and other team members. Key tasks will include school recruitment and technical assistance, potential survey data analysis, community presentations, curriculum review and other tasks as-needed. This internship will provide excellent real-world exposure to translational science, intervention mapping, and the development and diffusion of innovations.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 8 Flexible between 5/10/21 - 8/27/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  1. General interest in public health, specifically the youth vaping epidemic
  2. Excellent writing and editing skills
  3. Impeccable Attention to Detail
  4. Strong desire to learn new skills and be flexible within the role


  1. Skills in excel
  2. General knowledge of customer relation management (CRM) systems;
  3. Ability to communicate complex ideas to the layperson

Additional Info

Austin is a university town, there is a good amount of low-cost student housing.

Vaccinations will be required.

Former Interns
Martha Clark '22

Evaluation Excerpt

I had the opportunity to chat with my supervisors and with another coworker about their work in public policy and tobacco prevention advocacy. Hearing about their professional trajectories, and listening to their personal experiences with politicians, grassroots organizations, and corporations gave me a picture of the world of advocacy that I would have never gained through coursework alone.  -- Martha Clark '22