NSF Paid Summer Internship Opportunity for Students


Win a $3500 Paid Internship Opportunity for Students from
EHAC Accredited Environmental Health Degree Programs:

March - May 2017

Application deadline: January 15, 2017

The Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP), in partnership with NSF International, is offering a paid internship project to students from National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited programs. The NSF International Scholarship Program is a great opportunity for an undergraduate student to gain valuable experience in the environmental health field. The NSF Scholar will be selected by AEHAP and will spend 8-10 weeks (March - May, 2017) working on a research project identified by NSF International. Details on the project are below.

Founded in 1944, NSF International's mission is to protect and improve global human health. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to us to develop public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. As an independent, accredited organization, we test, audit and certify products and systems as well as provide education and risk management.

To learn more about NSF International and AEHAP,

please visit (www.nsf.org) and (www.aehap.org).

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Junior or Senior in an EHAC accredited undergraduate program (for list of
    eligible programs see:http://www.ehacoffice.org/accred-prog/under-prog.php)
  • Good written and oral presentation skills;
  • Interest in independent research and ability to work independently;
  • Desire to work with Environmental Health Practitioners at the state and local
  • Excellent academic performance and good organizational skills

Project Description:

The applicant shall work with a professor from their degree program who will serve as a mentor/supervisor and agree to providing a host location from which to do the research. The professor will agree to monitor the progress of the internship and to consult with or guide the student in the design and conduct of the research project.

The scholar will work for 8-10 weeks on the project between March-May 2017.

More details on this research project can be found here:


  • At the end of the internship, the student shall submit an acceptable written report describing the findings of the research project;
  • Working with the professor/mentor writes a publishable paper describing the key findings of the research and methodologies. AEHAP will submit the paper for print in various environmental health publications as well as make it available on the aehap.org website;
  • The student shall present the results of their research at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan on a date between July 10-13, 2017.

The internship provides:

  • An opportunity to understand how codes and standards relate to environmental health and safety.
  • An opportunity to interact with environmental health professionals through research.

Details on the research project:

This NSF International (NSF) 2016 internship project is a research project to identify how federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions regard or reference NSF standards and/or product certifications in their administrative codes or regulations. Candidate topics include drinking water, waste water, plumbing, food safety or recreational water. Summaries of standards can be viewed at http://www.nsf.org/services/by-type/standards-publications. This project is a similar format and function to the research project completed by previous NSF Scholars. To see last year's project please see the link below, NSF Scholar's Final Report.


The student will receive a $3,500 stipend split in two installments. The first $1,750 will be awarded after the first month of the internship and the final installment of $1,750 will be sent after the student has submitted their final research paper to the AEHAP office. In addition, the scholar's travel costs and registration fee to attend the NEHA conference will be reimbursed. The sponsoring faculty member will receive a $500 stipend after the final paper is submitted. This stipend covers overseeing the applicant's internship, written report, research project and final report.

The student will be asked to sign a letter of agreement to the conduct and complete the internship and the mentor will be asked to sign an agreement to provide support to the scholar. Both the scholar and mentor will also be asked to complete an evaluation of their experiences.

How to Apply: The applicant should submit the following:

Cover page:

  • Name;
  • Current mailing address, phone and e-mail address;
  • Name of school, year in school (Junior, Senior); and
  • The name/title of the Professor/Advisor agreeing to mentor on the project, their, mailing address, phone and email address.


  1. A cover letter explaining your qualifications and a proposed plan for executingthe research project.
  2. At least one letter of reference.
  3. A letter from your Supervisor, Advisor or Professor indicating their agreement to assist in your research and preparation.
  4. A brief statement on what environmental health and public health courses you will have completed prior to the start of the internship.

For an example of a recent NSF Scholar Final Report and an example of an

application research paper, click on the links below:

NSF Abstract Example

NSF Scholar's Report

2017 NSF Scholarship Application Instructions

Please email your application in pdf format to Leslie Mitchell, Program Coordinator: