NSF Paid Summer Internship Opportunity for Students


Win a $3500 Paid Internship Opportunity for Students from EHAC Accredited Environmental Health Degree Programs: Application Deadline: January 17, 2014 (2015 Deadline TBA)

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, 2013) working on a research project identified by NSF International. Details on the project are below.

To learn more about NSF International and AEHAP, please visit www.nsf.org and www.aehap.org

Applicant Qualifications:

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 2013.

This research project involves a continuation of the following report from the 2010 NSF Scholarship winner. Please see link at bottom of the page for a cop of this report.

Internship Deliverables:

  • 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 write 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 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada between July 7 – 10, 2014. Exact date to be announced.

The internship provides:

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

Details on the research project:

This NSF International (NSF) 2014 internship project is a research project to inquire about how each state is applying the 2014 CDC Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). The project involves administering a survey of 50 states to determine how they have responded to the 2014 MAHC. Secondly, what plans, if any does the state have to incorporate the MAHC into their current Swimming Pool Regulations? This project is a similar format and function to the research project started by the 2013 NSF Scholar.

Specifically, NSF wanted to know more about whether each state is requiring the acceptance of the CDC MAHC for Swimming pool and Spa facilities, and to find out “to what standard(s) is each state’s Pool and Spa equipment being certified. The 2014 MAHC references pool and spa standards by NSF.”

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. 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.

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 executing the 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.
(4) A brief statement on what environmental health and public health courses you will have completed prior to the start of the internship.

Please email your application in pdf format toYalonda Sinde, Executive Director at : info@aehap.org

For an example of an NSF Scholarship Application & Report click on the links below:

NSF Abstract Example

2014 NSF Scholar Final Report

2014 NSF Application Instructions