Health Equity Internship Program Fall & Spring Applications Open!

The Health Equity Internship Program was created to support the diversification of the public health and health-related workforce.  Like several areas of health, the public health nutrition workforce also needs assistance with diversification and recruiting a new generation of nutritional professionals. Since 2002, the internship program has prepared nearly 1,000 students with practical skills in the Essentials of Public Health Services and Core Competencies of Health Education and Promotion.


Federal, regional, state and local health agencies provide real-world work experience to students for 12-weeks to complete health equity projects in the areas of HIV, Cancer, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Lupus, Nutrition, Mental Health, Program Planning, Health Policy, Tobacco, Injury/Violence Prevention, Aging and more. There is no cost to the agency to serve as a preceptor for a student intern.


Hourly stipends are paid to the chosen students during the 12-weeks internship and professional development opportunities, such as attending conferences, CHES/CPH exam fees, etc. The Internship Program does not provide funding for housing, transportation or relocation.


The application period for interns and preceptors for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 sessions is now OPEN! Students should submit an application and the additional application components listed below to by September 8th for the Fall (Application review will begin Tuesday, September 5th) and October 30th for the Spring semester.


Additional Application Components:
A-C) Three Letters of Recommendation (advisor, employer, & personal);
D) Resume/CV;
E) Unofficial or Official Transcript;
F) Essay (1,000 words or less) answering these questions:


What do you know about public health and health education?
2. Why are you interested in learning more about public health and health related-careers?
3. What contribution do you believe you may make to the field of public health?
If you are interested in learning more about the Internship Program, there are several forms above that may be downloaded or you may email the Internship Program staff

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