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MPH Internships

Guidelines for Internships and Special Projects

The purpose of the MPH internship is to (1) apply the skills learned across the MPH curriculum and within Environmental Health specifically, and (2) to enhance the student’s understanding of environmental health and public health in real-world applications and settings. During the internship the student will:

  • Carry out a project representative of expected work in the field of Environmental Health
  • Demonstrate competence in research/practice/evaluation relevant to Environmental Health
  • Gain exposure to an organization’s environment, culture and purposes
  • Develop professional judgment and contacts
  • Clarify Public Health/Environmental Health career goals

Based on the student’s professional goals, the internship may be in any of a range of settings (public health or environmental protection agency at a city, county or state level, community action group, federal agency, or corporation) and may focus on one or more specific disciplines or content areas (e.g., risk assessment, food safety, occupational health, environmental health planning, disaster management, etc.).

The intent is for environmental health students to experience and accomplish activities that are considered performance competencies for environmental health both within the College of Public Health and Health Professions and at the national level and to integrate competencies obtained in the classroom. The objective of the environmental health internship is to provide the student with the opportunity to apply some, if not all, of these competencies in a real world setting. Consult with your advisor/Chair and with the Assistant Director for Students and Academic Affairs about these requirements when selecting your project and completing your goals/plan.

Links to Internships

CDC Summer Program in Environmental Health – Summer Internship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) is a paid 10-week internship for students majoring in environmental health in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Interns participate in activities with the Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB) of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). SUPEH interns receive a monthly stipend at a rate of approximately $600 per week to assist with living expenses.

Mote Marine Laboratory 

Mote offers a variety of internship opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates interested in a career in the ocean sciences. Due to Mote’s status as a nonprofit research institution, positions offered by the Mote College Intern Program are unpaid. However, a limited amount of scholarship funds are available to partially support the cost of living expenses and are described at this page.

White House Internship 

The White House offers an internship program that is open to US citizens who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers and discussion . Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.

Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a 9-week summer program for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in participating in infectious diseases and health disparities research. Accepted scholars must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or permanent resident. Ferguson Fellows are encouraged to submit their research to national meetings and for publication.

A $4,000 stipend is provided to all program participants. Housing and round-trip travel is available for out-of-state participants.

Phone: (443) 923-5901

Civic Scholar Research: Early Childhood Education

The Bob Graham Center is now accepting applications for its 2017 Civic Scholars program. If selected, participants will investigate the critical challenges facing Florida’s counties as they seek to improve early childhood education services for families in their community. Students will research the issue, interview stakeholders and write a report. The center will do its best to accommodate county preferences, but scholars are expected to meet all program requirements regardless of the county to which they are assigned. Upon completion of program requirements, each student will receive a $500 stipend.