The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), is now accepting applications from local, state and tribal health departments who are interested in hosting an environmental health student intern for summer 2017. The National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP), which is funded by CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch, will sponsor more than 20 internships for selected college students from environmental health programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Health departments are encouraged to review eligibility criteria and submit applications by Dec. 1, 2016.
A major benefit of hosting an intern is the assistance they will provide to the environmental health program at no cost to the health department. In addition to having students eager to gain experience in the field and contribute to the important mission of the environmental health practice, participation also contributes to the recruitment of highly trained professionals into environmental public health practice.
NEHA will award students a stipend of up to $4,000 dollars for completing a ten-week internship. An additional stipend is available to cover some of the relocation costs.
“We see interns from NEHA as a valuable investment in the future of the public health workforce,” said Umair A. Shah MD,MPH, executive director of Harris County Public Health. “The environment where a person lives, impacts their health outcome, so partnering with organizations like NEHA makes sense. At our health department, we believe health happens where you live, learn, work, worship, and play.”
Once interested health departments have applied and are accepted, they will be matched with qualified students who apply for the internships in the spring.
Environmental health as a discipline focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment, and fosters safe and healthy living with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health.
Responsibilities of environmental health professionals may include monitoring air quality, water and noise pollution, toxic substances and pesticides, conducting restaurant inspections, carrying out vector control and promoting healthy land use and housing, and participating in emergency response related to environmental disasters or the increasing effects of climate change.