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NEPHIP & State, Territorial, Local, Tribal Environmental Health Programs

This internship is designed to connect students to those working in the environmental health field, and consider careers working in state, tribal, local, or territorial environmental health departments following graduation.


Applications for Summer 2023 State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Environmental Health Programs are Open

  • Complete the application online for Summer 2023.
  • The student deadline to apply has been extended to February 15.
  • Environmental Health Program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis if positions are open and available, although we encourage programs to apply by February 15 for priority consideration for Summer 2023.
  • Matching is anticipated to be completed by the end of March for the Summer 2023 session.  
  • Summer session internship experiences will begin between May and June and will end by early September 2023.  
  • Watch the informational webinar recording on YouTube.


Qualified and Compensated Interns

  • Interns are undergraduate and graduate students from environmental health programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). EHAC requires a firm educational foundation in the natural sciences of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.
  • Each intern receives a base stipend of $6,000.00 for undergraduate students and $8,000.00 for graduate students to complete the 400-hour internship, allowing them to focus on your project.

Strengthen the Profession

  • Participation helps build qualified applicant pipelines to state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) environmental public health departments.
  • This practical, hands-on internship results in graduates that are well-prepared to immediately enter the environmental health workforce or continue their academic journeys.

Support and Coordination

Participating health departments are provided:

  • A support package valued at up to $1,500.00 per student to compensate for intern-related costs.
  • Enhanced administrative support from NEHA staff for weekly intern-mentor meetings.
  • A streamlined evaluation process.
The internship will be available for summer, spring, and fall. Health departments can apply now and select when they would like to work with an intern.


Internship Format

To allow flexibility for students, NEPHIP now offers the internship experience via virtual, in-person/on-site, or hybrid formats depending on student and health department needs.

Project Types

Projects are open to a wide variety of environmental public health issues and program needs identified by local environmental public health host sites. Review our PDF of the Project Guidance for project examples and considerations.

Intern/Health Agency Matching

Students and health agencies will be matched by our staff based on each student's experience and interest and on the host site's project portfolio. Health agencies may have the opportunity to interview selected students prior to acceptance; however, if a health agency declines the student post-interview, a replacement student may not be guaranteed.

Quality Improvement or Accreditation

Health agencies with internship projects related to national performance management and quality improvement initiatives, including the use of the CDC's Environmental Public Health Performance Standards or attaining national voluntary accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board listed on the CDC's Health Department Accreditation webpage, may receive extra consideration for intern placements.

Terms of Agreement

Internships must meet the requirements of the host health agency, as well as the student's academic institution and NEPHIP eligibility guidelines. All arrangements for the internship, including start and end dates, work hours or timesheet, sick policy, etc. should be made by the academic program in partnership with the intern and host Health Department mentor to meet academic guidelines and requirements.

Review the Terms of Agreement PDF for 2023 to understand what is expected.

Health Department Mentor

The mentor is expected to engage interns, discuss project progress, successes, and challenges, answer questions that arise and introduce students to various programs. Review the over view of the Role of the LHD Mentor PDF.


To be considered as a host program, the health agency or environmental health program should be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Have the ability to virtually assist the student in identifying and completing an independent project that focuses on solving a current environmental health problem or challenge facing the jurisdiction.
  • The project may be used by the intern to meet university internship requirements.
  • Provide opportunities for student interns to be exposed to multiple environmental health programs and activities throughout the internship. Examples include climate and health, food safety, onsite water and wastewater programs, vector control, institutional environmental health, or emergency preparedness.
  • Assign a mentor to the intern who should be available to assist in mentoring and advising the student intern on the independent project on a routine basis throughout the internship period.

Learn More

  • Health Department NEPHIP Guide | PDF
    • Role of the Health Department Mentor, page 11
    • Terms of Agreement, pages 12-13
    • Project Guidance, pages 14-15
  • Student NEPHIP details | Webpage
  • National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council | Webpage
  • Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, AEHAP | Webpage

Contact: NEPHIP@neha.org

Funding Details

The CDC's Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch is providing funding to support up to 50 environmental health student internships at state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies for each year.