Health Equity Internship Program —RESOURCES—

Health Equity Internship Program

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. The Health Equity Internship Program was formerly managed by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education.


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-week 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 for interns and preceptors for the Fall 2021 session is now open.

The application period for interns and preceptors for the Fall 2021 session is CLOSED.  The Spring 2021 session application period is now OPEN.  Please apply by completing an online application


ASPHN Health Equity Staff reviews internship applications on an ongoing basis.  Applicants selected for the Fall Session are notified by September 1st, and Spring Session applicants are notified by December 15th.


Want to learn more about the Internship Program?  Contact the Internship Program staff at

Student Intern Reviews

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this Health Equity internship. Thometta Cozart and Dr. Owens have provided many opportunities within the program for networking and also to further my Public Health research by being able to present at conferences. They have been extremely patient, and I thank them for that”.


“This internship opportunity has been nothing short of amazing for me. Not having any prior public health knowledge, it allowed me to be exposed to the public health sector. Although I am not eligible for certain incentives (i.e. CHES) as fellow public health cohorts, I have been able to see how my current degree may align with the works of public health. Ms. Cozart has been amazing with keeping my posted-on job/fellowship opportunities even after my time in the program. Undoubtedly, this opportunity is wonderful and as the years progress, I confidently feel that the future state of this”.


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Intern FAQs

When are internships offered and how do I apply for an internship position?

ASPHN offers internships for the fall and spring. Please read the internship announcement completely for details about the internship application process.

Who is eligible to participate in the internship program?

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the undergraduate or masters level and be in good academic standing at their institution. Students attending minority-serving institutions are encouraged to apply. International students may participate in the internship program if they submit a student visa with the application materials.

If my school is not a minority serving institution, may I still apply for an internship?

Yes. Students who do no attend minority-serving institutions can apply to the program. Students enrolled in a minority serving institution of higher education are encouraged to participate in the internship program. For a listing of minority serving institutions of higher education, visit the US Department of Education here.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once the application period closes for a specific internship, our selection team reviews all application materials and refers the applicants who most closely met the criteria for the internship scope of work to the internship preceptor. That preceptor will review the referred applicants and select individuals for interview. ASPHN will contact all individuals selected by the preceptor to arrange interviews. Once interviews are complete, ASPHN will notify the finalist(s) of their selection. ASPHN will notify all applicants that a preceptor decision has been made.

Should I call or email ASPHN to follow up on my application?

It is not necessary to call or email to follow up as long as you received a confirmation email from ASPHN acknowledging receipt of your application materials.

How will I know that ASPHN has received my references?

The internship program automatically emails the applicant when references are submitted.

May my recommender submit recommendations by email or postal mail?

ASPHN encourages all application materials to be submitted through email to

If I am not selected for an internship, do I need do submit a new application for another internship position?


May I participate in the internship program after I have graduated from my academic program?


How does ASPHN determine compensation?

ASPHN established a fixed wage for each internship level. Undergraduate interns are paid $15/hour and graduate students are paid $18/hour. Interns may work up to 30 hours/week during the 12-week internship session. The maximum amount of paid hours during an internship session is 360 hours.

What types of benefits do interns receive?

Interns are not employees of ASPHN and do not receive any mandatory or discretionary benefits.

Is housing provided as part of the internship?

Housing is not provided.

Can I get academic credit for the internship?

That is a decision of your school. Many will grant academic credit for the internship. You must ask at your school. If needed, ASPHN can submit letters or sign memoranda of understanding with an academic institution.

Who will be my supervisor?

An ASPHN staff member will supervise all interns for the program. On site, interns will have a preceptor who will guide day-to-day activities as outlined in the internship description. Interns are expected to participate in the activities at their placement site as well as the ASPHN internship program-wide activities.

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