NEPHIP for Students

This internship is designed to allow students to gain a firsthand perspective on the day-to-day responsibilities of environmental health professionals, make invaluable connections with those working in the field, and consider careers working in state, tribal, local, or territorial environmental health departments following graduation.

Applications for Summer 2023 Session are Open

  • Complete the Summer 2023 student online application. Check the eligibility requirements below.
  • Deadline: February 15
  • 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 end by early September 2023.  
  • Watch the informational webinar recording on YouTube.
  • Students interested in Fall 2023 internships can complete our interest form and we will contact you when the application opens.


To be considered as an intern for this program, students need to:
  • Attend an environmental health academic program that is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) for undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • Be a current sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the time the application is submitted and have completed at least one full year of academic training with most courses in environmental health focus areas.
  • Be enrolled as a student during the summer or fall internship.
  • Have active health insurance.

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 Project Guidance PDF for project examples and considerations.


Our staff will match the selected interns with the environmental health departments based on geolocation preferences, interests, and professional goals that align with opportunities at the health department. NEHA cannot guarantee the preferred placement.

Terms of Agreement

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. For the student to receive the stipend, we must receive signed documentation that internship arrangements have been approved by the academic program, student, and host health department. Review the full PDF of the Intern Terms of Agreement to understand what is expected.


    To be considered for placement in NEPHIP, students need to provide:
    • The complete application.
    • Their most recent resume to be uploaded with the application.
    • An unofficial transcript, to be uploaded with the application. Please black out personal information such as social security number, student identification number, and address prior to submission.
    • The PDF Letter of Recommendation form from a faculty member of the EH program at the EHAC-accredited academic institution. A letter may be substituted if preferred.

    Funding Details

    The CDC's Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch is providing funding to support up to 50 environmental health undergraduate and graduate college students currently enrolled in a National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited institution in internships at state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies for each year.

    Learn More

    • NEPHIP Student Guide | PDF
      • Intern Terms of Agreement, pages 12-14
      • Project Guidance, pages 15-16
      • What to Expect When Accepted to NEPHIP, pages 17-19
    • Details for Health Departments | Webpage
    • National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council, EHAC | Webpage
    • Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, AEHAP | Webpage