Environmental Health Internships & Work Experience Opportunities

National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) Summer 2017

NEHA administers the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) with funding from CDC Environmental Health Services Branch.

The purpose of NEPHIP is to encourage environmental health students to consider careers at local, state, or tribal environmental public health departments following graduation. Through this internship program, students will be exposed to the exciting career opportunities, benefits, and challenges of working with environmental public health agencies throughout the U.S.

Students who apply must be from National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited environmental health academic programs. Selected students will receive a stipend of $4,000 ($400 per week) to complete a 10-week internship. An additional stipend is available to cover the costs if the student relocates for the internship.

NEHA ‘s role in NEPHIP is to help build new relationships between accredited environmental health academic programs and local, state, and tribal environmental public health departments.

In this role NEHA:

  • Solicits applications from eligible environmental health departments and selects over 20 locations based on established application criteria.
  • Solicits applications from eligible environmental health students and selects over 20 interns based on established application criteria.
  • Matches the selected environmental health departments with interns whose qualifications and professional goals align with opportunities at the health department.

For information about the internship program, please contact NEHA’s Ellen Cornelius at ecornelius@neha.org.

For application details go to: http://neha.org/professional-development/students/internship


The Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) Summer Internship Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Summer Internship Program in Environmental Health is a paid 10-week summer internship for students who are enrolled in a National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited environmental health degree programs. You can view a list of accredited programs at http://www.ehacoffice.org/accred-prog/under-prog.php.

Interns participate in activities with the Environmental Health Services Branch of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. For more info: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/SUPEH.

SUPEH eligibility requirements:

  • Environmental health major in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident with green card.
  • Full-time enrollment at a college or university as a rising junior, senior, or graduate student. Students must be returning to school to complete degree requirements at the end of their internship OR the internship must serve as needed academic credit to complete degree requirements.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale

For questions about this internship program, please contact: Kelli Foster, MSPH, ORISE Fellow, CDC NCEH- Email: ehinternship@cdc.gov


The Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health Summer Internship (CLEH)

This is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked. For more information see: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/cleh/default.htm

For questions about this internship program, please contact: Jay Nielsen, BSEH or Christa Essig, MPH, Program Development, NCEH/ATSDR Office of the Director. E-mail: CLEH@cdc.gov


Opportunity for Students in EHAC Accredited Programs: Apply for Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)

The JRCOSTEP program is now accepting applications. Junior COSTEP applications are accepted year round, but for summer placement the application should be received by December 31 of each year.

Changes have been made in the JRCOSTEP program, including: (1) restricting assignments to the specific disciplines of Engineer, Environmental Health, and Pharmacy; and (2) interested students must complete a pre-screening in order to be invited to submit a JRCOSTEP application. It is hoped that these changes will improve efficiencies in the application process to allow for formal (personnel orders) notification of selection by April 1.

To learn more about the JRCOSTEP program and the new application process please see the following websites:

General Information: http://www.usphs.gov/student/jrcostep.aspx

Application Information: http://www.usphs.gov/apply/jrcostep.aspx

Annually, the USPHS employs 20-30 JRCOSTEPs in environmental health assignments across the country.

As you know, the JRCOSTEP is an extraordinary opportunity. To review testimonials of those who recently completed a JRCOSTEP with the IHS, please see: http://www.ihs.gov/dehs/index.cfm?module=dsp_dehs_costeps.

For questions, please email Jill Shugart at: ahe8@cdc.gov


The Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Training Opportunities

CDC is looking for motivated students, graduates, and health professionals for a variety of exciting public health training programs. For more info: http://www.cdc.gov/fellowships


The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Summer Leadership Institute

Offers a premier training module for underrepresented minority (URM) scientists interested in amplifying their leadership skills. Developed in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Summer Leadership Institute is an intensive five-day course featuring small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development planning, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among attendees. For more info: http://www.sacnas.org/events/leadership


National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Internship Program

For over a decade, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) has facilitated internship assignments in government and industry for students enrolled in historically and predominantly black colleges and universities and has brought the interns together for a range of extra-learning and enrichment opportunities throughout the course of their internship to enhance the internship experiences. For more info: http://www.nafeointernships.net


National Congress of American Indians

An internship with NCAI offers a unique opportunity for young leaders from throughout Indian Country to be on the front lines of legislative action and policy development from within the oldest, largest, and most representative organization of tribal governments. For more info: http://www.ncai.org/native-youth/fellowships-internships


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Offers numerous opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. Student summer employment opportunities are available at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at regional office and laboratory locations nationwide.

Eligibility: Students at an accredited college or university. For more info: http://www2.epa.gov/careers/fellowships-scholarships-and-post-doctoral-opportunities