Internships at DPH

The Department of Public Health offers internships for undergrad and Masters level students. The majority of these internships are unpaid.

There are two separate internship programs — the Student Experience Program (SEP) which places interns within DPH programs, and the DPH Local Health Internship Program which places Graduate students in local and regional health departments throughout Massachusetts as well as within DPH.

Student Experience Program (SEP)

The student experience is an unpaid or short-term paid program which offers valuable work experience at DPH directly related to the students’ academic field of study. It is expected that students performing unpaid work are earning course credit or receive credit for meeting a course requirement.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify, the student must be:

  • At least the minimum age required by federal, state or local laws and employment standards
  • A U.S. citizen, or appropriate employment authorization documentation
  • A student enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
  • Able to produce a letter of verification from your educational institution showing proof of enrollment

Currently Available SEP Internships

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition/Birth Defects Center has a paid internship position available to work closely with the Director/Principal Investigator and staff on various analytic studies and projects.

Please email DPH HR with questions about the Student Experience Program.

Local Health Internship Program – Summer Only

The DPH Division of Epidemiology and Immunization has hosted the Local Health Internship Program since 2004, annually placing up to 35 public health student interns in local, regional, and state health departments throughout Massachusetts. The goal of the program is to provide graduate public health students with the opportunity to supplement their classroom education by gaining an understanding of the critical role of local health departments, and to support local health departments in undertaking and completing public health projects.

Selected students work on a wide range of topical projects at the local level including environmental health, substance abuse, communicable disease case investigation, needs assessments, emergency preparedness, health education, data entry/analysis, and health policy. Accepted students have access to mentors at the state and local level and are offered the opportunity to spend time shadowing epidemiologists and health educators with various DPH programs (Infectious Disease, Substance Abuse, Global Health, Environmental Health, etc.).

The program concludes with a final session where the students’ summer projects are showcased via poster and oral presentations. Students must commit to a minimum of 160 hours during the summer (Estimated time frame: Late May to Mid-August). This is an unpaid internship.

Local Health Internship Program Seasonal Timeline

January & February Local Boards of Health (LBOHs) design project proposals and submit to DPH an official application requesting to host an intern for the coming summer
Mid/Late February DPH posts a comprehensive listing of approved internship vacancies and instructions for public health student applicants.
Mid-March Student Internship Applications are Due
Late March Student Match Week
Late May Student Intern Orientation and Program Commencement
June & July DPH Shadowing Opportunities Available
End of July Student Project Abstracts Due
Mid-August Closing Session/Final Projects Presentation

The formal student application will be posted late February of each year and includes specific deadlines/timelines. View the most recent year’s application and internship descriptions.

Please contact Hillary Johnson for additional information on the Local Health Internship Program.

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