Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project Opportunity

June 2023 – August 2023

The Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project (NEAP) is a place-based surveillance data collection project intended to provide community partners and researchers with valuable data about the built environmental landscape of Cleveland in relation to healthy lifestyles. Since NEAP began there have been a variety of different projects. Cleveland Inventory of Food and Tobacco Retail (CIFTR) is the primary project with annual data collection done each summer to assess the food and tobacco environment of Cleveland.

The PRCHN is currently seeking students who are interested in gaining skills in field data collection, working in the community, data entry, and understanding food access within the city of Cleveland for an approximately 2-month summer internship experience (mid-June to mid-Aug).

CIFTR interns work as a team to canvas and assess all food retail locations within the city of Cleveland in order to contribute to an ongoing annual surveillance project which documents and classifies each food retail location based on the products sold within the store. 

Interns will pair up into teams of two to complete a 2-phased approach to surveillance by first canvassing an entire neighborhood by driving each street to observe all locations selling food and second visiting each observed location to perform a short in-store assessment documenting the presence of select food and tobacco items. In addition to performing the assessments, interns will be responsible for completing data entry and data quality assurance to update a large longitudinal database.

We are seeking students who are enthusiastic about gaining experience in community-based work and understanding the built environment of all the diverse neighborhoods of Cleveland. Additionally, this opportunity is ideal for those interested in gaining a first-hand understanding of the state of food access in Cleveland. Having reliable transportation is a plus but not a requirement.  

Hours and Payment

For the Summer program, the intern will work 16-20 hours/week.  Hourly wages are $15-$18.75/hour based on experience. Work-related travel will be reimbursed.

Apply through the PRCHN Training & Mentoring Application. For more information about the PRCHN Summer Internship Program, visit the PRCHN Website. If you have any specific questions, contact Dr. Elaine Borawski at