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Internship, Fellowship, and Training Programs

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Quick links to internship and fellowship opportunities:

- APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government - Washington, D.C.
- California Epidemiologic Investigation Service
- CDC Public Health Apprentice Program - Nationwide
- CDC Public Health Prevention Service - Nationwide
- Center for Science in the Public Health Interest Internship - Washington, D.C.
- Global Health Corps Fellowship Program - Worldwide
- Hispanic-Serving Health Professional Schools Training Programs
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evaluation Fellowship Program
- United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme - Worldwide
- Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System Internships - Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Population Health Fellowship - Wisconsin
- White House Fellows Program - Washington, D.C.
- World Bank Internship Program - Washington, D.C.

APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government - Washington, D.C.

APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to spend one year in Washington, D.C., working in a Congressional office on legislative and policy issues such as health, the environment or other public health concerns. There is a critical need for public health professionals including practitioners and researchers to engage in the federal policy process. The fellow will have the opportunity to see first hand how public policy impacts public health and to offer their public health expertise to policymakers. This hands on experience will be invaluable to the field of public health, policymakers and the public health fellow.

Eligibility Requirements
- At least five years of professional experience in a public health setting
- Masters degree or a doctorate in a public health discipline
- APHA member
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
* Federal employees are not eligible for this fellowship

Application Deadline: Mid May for program starting in January of following year

Further information available on website:

California Epidemiologic Investigation Service

The California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) is a one-year training program founded in 1988 for health professionals who have at least a master’s degree in a field related to public health. The mission of Cal-EIS is to prepare epidemiologists for public health leadership positions in California. Cal-EIS is administered in parallel with a preventive medicine residency program for physicians.

Eligibility Requirements
- MPH or other advanced degree (e.g. MD, DDS, or DVM) in a health-related field
- At least one course in epidemiology and one course in biostatistics
- Demonstrated interest in and ability to perform public health epidemiology in California

Application Deadline: Mid November for program starting in July of following year

Further information available on website:

CDC Public Health Apprentice Program - Nationwide

The Public Health Apprentice Program (PHAP) is a CDC workforce development program that provides opportunities for promising future managers to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. PHAP is geared toward recent college graduates (BA/BS) who are beginning a career in public health.

Public health apprentices are employed by CDC on 2-year term appointments. As "assignees" to host agencies in the state and local public health system, most apprentices hold host-agency positions that are functionally indistinguishable from their city, county and state co-workers. Each apprenticeship consists of two different 1-year assignments selected by the host agency in one of the program areas listed below:
- STD, TB and/or HIV
- Other Communicable Diseases
- Chronic Disease
- Environmental Health
- Public Health Preparedness
- Global Migration and Quarantine
- Immunization
- Injury Prevention

Eligibility Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in humanities or science from an accredited academic institution.
- Willing to commit to full-time work for 2 years.
- Willing to work in a local health department setting, or CDC quarantine station.
- Flexible about relocating to assignment locations within the United States.
- U.S. citizen.

Application Deadline:  Mid March for program starting in July of following year

Further information available on website:

CDC Public Health Prevention Service - Atlanta, GA

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

CDC, The Future at Work

The CDC has developed and implemented a program designed to train and prepare tomorrow's public health managers. In September 1997, CDC established the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS). PHPS is a 3-year training and service program for master's level public health professionals. Approximately 25 Prevention Specialists enter the program annually.

The program focuses on public health program management and provides Prevention Specialists with experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation through specialized hands-on training and mentorship at CDC and in state and local health agencies. In addition to on-the-job training, the PHPS program provides formal instruction in program management, epidemiology, surveillance, emergency response, and program evaluation. Prevention Specialists participate in a variety of activities, such as seminars, evaluation projects, web-based training, temporary duty assignments, and conferences, which are designed to provide them with essential public health program management skills.

Eligibility Requirements
- A master's degree in public health or related field
- U.S. Citizenship
- A strong desire for a career in public health practice
- Above average academic achievement in core areas of public health
- At least 1 year of paid public health-related work experience

Application Deadline: February 15 for class beginning the following October

For More Information
Public Health Prevention Service
1600 Clifton Road, MS E-92
Atlanta, GA 30333
404 498-6120

Center for Science in the Public Interest Internship - Washington, D.C.

CSPI focuses primarily on health and nutrition issues, disclosing deceptive marketing practices, dangerous food additives or contaminants, and flawed science propagated by profits. Findings are communicated in press interviews and a variety of educational materials, which include reports, books, posters, software, videos, and the Center's Nutrition Action Healthletter.

CSPI offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. Awards for internships are very competitive so please submit application materials as early as possible. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Generally, paid internships last ten weeks. Undergraduate interns are paid an hourly wage of $8.25/hour; and graduate students earn $9.25/hour. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant's schedule.

Internships are available in the following fields.
- Nutrition and Public Policy
- Legal Affairs
- Food Safety
- Litigation

Further information available on website:

Global Health Corps Fellowship Program - Worldwide

The Global Health Corps recruits and matches partner organizations that have specific needs with recent university graduates with requisite skills.  These organizations are located in Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, and Newark, New Jersey.  The period of commitment is 13 months, from the beginning of July one year to the end of August the next.

Assignments for GHC fellows will have specific parameters, with a timeline and defined metrics for success. Fellows will be chosen for specific assignments following an extensive application and interview process. They will be selected based on their experience, character, and knowledge, and based on their possession of the specific skills necessary to accomplish the designated assignment. Each fellowship team will be composed of at least one pair of fellows, one from the United States and one from the country where the partner organization works.

Eligibility Requirements
- Under the age of 30 at the time of application
- Bachelor's degree
- Proficient in English
- Leadership, humility, creative and entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and sense of adventure

Application Deadline:  March 1st

Further information available on website:

Hispanic-Serving Health Professional Schools Training Programs

HSHPS offers several paid training programs conducted across the United States and Latin America in government agencies and academic institutions. Most of the HSHPS trainees will work along side other students sponsored by other non profit organizations in a government setting or students from the host institution.

The training programs are designed to:

  •    Enhance the trainee’s research and professional development skills
  •    Increase the trainee’s knowledge about Hispanic and other minority health issues
  •    Provide opportunities to network with other health professionals

Application Deadline: April 1st

For more information visit the HSPSH Web site.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evaluation Fellowship Program

During the one-year fellowship, emerging professionals will work full-time in organizations that specialize in evaluation. The placement organization will provide Fellows with work projects that will build their skills in evaluation and research, including but not limited to: assisting in the development and conduct of surveys, questionnaires, and interview protocols; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative findings; writing and producing written reports and other documents. In addition, the organization will make an effort to expose the RWJF Fellow to the following experiences: evaluation planning; proposal development; organizational management meetings; and client meetings. The practice and theoretical background of culturally responsive evaluation will be related to all these evaluation skills.

Eligibility Requirements
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree within the last three years
- Have limited professional experience and training in evaluation
- Be from a historically underrepresented and disadvantaged community

Application Deadline:  July 1st for the program starting March 1st of the following year

Further information available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Web site.

United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme

The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme to undertake an internship at its Headquarters in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut and Santiago. The objective of the Internship Programme is threefold:
- to provide a framework by which graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to United Nations Offices where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments.
- to expose them to the work of the United Nations.
- to provide UN offices with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

Application Deadlines
Summer Session (early June to early August) - End of January
Fall Session (mid-September to mid-November) - Mid-May
Spring Session (mid-January to mid-March) - Mid-September

Further information available on websites
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- Geneva -
- Vienna -
- Nairobi -
- Addis Ababa -
- Bangkok -
- Santiago -

White House Fellowship - Washington, D.C.

Engagement in the work of the federal government lies at the heart of a White House Fellowship. Work assignments can offer unparalleled experience working with senior administration officials on ever changing issues and challenges. This work often requires long hours and, at times, unglamorous duties that require as much perseverance as ability on the Fellows' part.

White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Their assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside of their area of expertise. Responsibilities range from chairing interagency meetings and designing and implementing federal policies, to drafting speeches for cabinet secretaries to representing their agencies on Capitol Hill and in international treaty negotiations. Job assignments are made by the Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships in consultation with agency officials on the basis of interviews conducted during "Placement Week".

Eligibility Requirements
- A record of remarkable professional achievement early in one's career.
- Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
- A demonstrated commitment to public service.
- The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the Federal government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Application Deadline:  February 1st

Further information available on website:

Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System Internships - Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System offers a number of internship and learning opportunities.

Statewide Community Health Intern Program

This program has at its core a partnership with local health departments to develop projects and provide mentoring for health professions students interested in an intensive summer experience in public health departments and community agencies.

Eligibility Requirements:
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Wisconsin resident or attending a college or university in Wisconsin
- Enrolled in a college program preparing for work in a health profession
- Interest in community health

Application Timeframe:
- Materials available - late December / early January
- Application deadline - mid-March
- Assignments made - end of April

*An MPH student in our program participated in this intern program during the summer of 2010.  Her final presentation is available for viewing:  CHIP Presentation

Further information available on website:

Milwaukee Community Health Internship Program

Students participate in a research program, including a seminar providing them with an orientation to research and an opportunity to share their progress. Specific projects are arranged with the public health agencies. Students will have an opportunity to present their research at the conclusion of their projects.

Eligibility Requirements:
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Wisconsin resident or attending a college or university in Wisconsin

Application Timeframe:
- List of potential sites available - mid-February
- Application deadline - mid-April

Further information available on website:

Wisconsin Express

The week-long program is held annually in May after the end of the UW spring semester. It begins with an interactive workshop focused on interdisciplinary, culturally competent health care delivery and the policies and issues that affect access to health care. The workshop lays the groundwork for the community experience. Mixed discipline student teams spend Monday through Friday in their host communities. Activities vary but may include presentations from community residents, participation in community activities, visits to community agencies and resources, interactions with local health care professionals, and interactive learning exercises or group projects. The experience concludes either Thursday evening or Friday morning with a wrap-up, reflection and evaluation session. Past hosts have been rural, American Indian, Hmong, Latino, and multicultural urban communities.

Further information available on website:

Wisconsin Population Health Fellowship - Wisconsin

Offered by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, this Fellowship Program is designed for masters prepared individuals in public health and allied sciences. Candidates with doctoral degrees may also apply. The two-year program provides applicants with practical field assignments in community based, non-profit, governmental and health service organizations. The primary goal of the Fellowship Program is to develop the next generation of public health practitioners skilled in planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs.

At the heart of the program is a commitment to public service. Fellows receive direct hands-on training in high quality organizations working on relevant and timely public health issues. By the end of the two-year period, Fellows will have successfully completed the program's performance requirements. These requirements represent the core set of diverse skill sets necessary for managing public health programs. Placements have included the City of Milwaukee Health Department, State of Wisconsin and regional health departments, the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood and the Task Force on Family Violence.

Eligibility Requirements
- Master's or doctoral degree in public health or an allied discipline at the time of appointment
- Relevant work experience in public health
- Demonstrated interest in community service or community based research
- US citizenship or be a foreign national with US permanent resident status

Application Deadline:  December for fellowship starting the following July

Further information available on website:

World Bank Internship Program
- Washington, D.C.

The goal of the Internship Program is to offer successful candidates an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international environment. The Bank pays an hourly salary to all Interns and, where applicable, provides an allowance towards travel expenses. Interns are responsible for their own living accommodations. Most positions are a minimum of four weeks in duration. This Program typically seeks candidates in the following fields
- Economics
- Finance
- Human development (public health, education, nutrition, population)
- Social science (anthropology, sociology)
- Agriculture
- Environment
- Private sector development

Eligibility Requirements
- Enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master's degree or PhD) with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity. Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs.
- Fluent in English. Knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese is useful.
- Prior relevant work experience and computing skills are advantageous.

Application Deadlines
Summer Season (June-September):  December 1 - January 31 each year
Winter Season (December-March):  September 1 - October 31 each year

Further information available on website:,,contentMDK:20515785~pagePK:64262408~piPK:64262191~theSitePK:1058433,00.html
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