Internships at DPH

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) offers internships for undergraduate, Master's and doctoral level students.

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DPH Paid Internship Program

With funding through the Public Health Infrastructure Grant from the CDC, the DPH Academic Health Department (AHD) is thrilled to announce a new paid experiential learning opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, a paid internship program. This program will be a unique hands-on internship exposing students to state level public health work combined with opportunities for professional development.

The DPH Paid Internship Program is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2024 semester. Learn more about the internship projects and hiring timeline.

DPH Internship Program

The DPH Internship Program 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. If you are in search of an internship, capstone, or practicum experience, please complete our student expression of interest form and send your resume to DPHInternship@mass.gov.

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.
  • Able to complete and sign CORI paperwork, including:

Academic Public Health Corps

The Academic Public Health Corps (APHC) is a program of the Massachusetts Academic Health Department Consortium (AHD) formed in March 2020.  It is managed by the Massachusetts Health Officers Association (MHOA) and funded by the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH). The mission of the APHC is to support public health agencies and to advance health equity in Massachusetts by engaging with public health students, alumni, and expert participants through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Corps members are paired directly with local boards of health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, or public health affiliated organizations in Massachusetts to support a variety of community level projects related to: Health Communication, Social Media Development and Management, Community Outreach, Translation Services, Data Analysis and Presentation, Policy and Protocols, and Mobilizing and Supporting Partnerships.

Local Health Internship Program, Division of Epidemiology (Summer Only)

The Local Health Internship Program is a summer program offered by the DPH Division of Epidemiology in Massachusetts. Since 2004, the program has placed 15-35 graduate students in various health departments throughout the state. The goal of the program is to enhance students' classroom education by providing real-world experience in local health departments and supporting them in completing public health projects.

Selected students will work on different projects related to topics like environmental health, substance use disorder, and communicable diseases. They will receive guidance from mentors and can shadow professionals in different DPH programs. At the end of the program, students will showcase their projects through posters and presentations. The program requires a minimum commitment of 160 hours during the summer, and participants will be paid $25 (graduate)/$20 (undergraduate) per hour for up to 160 hours of work.

2024 Project Descriptions (DOCX)

The 2024 Application is closed at this time. Check back next spring for more information on the application. 

For more information, please email Julie Coco, Internship Coordinator

Local Health Internship Program Seasonal Timeline

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

Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS) Internship Program

The Massachusetts DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS) Internship Program is perfect for current undergraduate students. As an intern with BIDLS, you will gain valuable resume experience, build relevant skills, and develop important networking connections. Applications for the Summer 2024 cohort are now closed. Look back next Spring for application details for Summer 2025. 

High School Opportunities

Outbreak! 

Outbreak! is a FREE program open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in learning about a variety of public health topics and careers. This interactive experience will have additional opportunities for students to expand their interests in person through optional tours and events. 

Explore the world of public health with Outbreak!

Learn more and find out how to apply on the Public Health Museum's website.

Contact   for Internships at DPH

Online

Christine Beluk, Academic Health Department Manager Email DPH Internship Program at christine.e.beluk@mass.gov
Autum Carter, Academic Health Department and Quality Improvement Coordinator Email DPH Internship Program at autum.a.carter2@mass.gov

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