National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)

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NEHA administers the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) is supported by cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802.

The purpose of NEPHIP is to encourage environmental health students to consider careers at local, state, or tribal environmental public health departments following graduation. Through this internship program, students will be exposed to the exciting career opportunities, benefits, and challenges of working with environmental public health agencies throughout the U.S.

2020 NEPHIP Program

The student application period has closed.  Applications are currently being processed and reviewed.  Notifications will be sent out by February 28, 2020.  


2019 NEPHIP Program Map

This map shows the intern placements for the 2019 NEPHIP Program. Each dot on the map can be clicked, and the student’s name, mentor, college/university, host site, academic status, and city will pop up in a call-out box. Red dots represent undergraduate seniors, green dots represent undergraduate juniors, and blue dots represent graduate student.


Students who apply must be from National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited environmental health academic programs. Selected students will receive a base stipend of $6,000 ($600 per week) for undergraduate and $8000 ($800 per week) for graduate students to complete a 10-week internship. 

NEHA's roll in NEPHIP is to:

  • Solicits applications from eligible environmental health departments and selects locations based on established application criteria. 
  • Solicits applications from eligible environmental health students and selects interns based on established application criteria. 
  • NEHA 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. *Special note: NEHA cannot guarantee placement base on previous mention criteria.  

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Past Intern Success Stories

  • "Environmental Health is such a fun and rewarding field; every day is different. Being a NEPHIP intern allowed me the freedom to work with a variety of different bureaus and projects at my chosen health department. What's more is that I can walk away from this internship with endless experiences to talk about in an interview, amazing references, and real-world confidence in my chosen field."
    - Stephany, 2015 NEPHIP Intern at the New Mexico Environmental Health Bureau
  • "It was very rewarding to put the knowledge learned in classes to real time application. I found myself in some of the most astounding scenarios, leading me to think that this job could provide a lifetime of entertainment and moral satisfaction. I can’t wait to see where my future in environmental health takes me."
    - Kyle, 2015 NEPHIP Intern at the Peninsula Health Department, Virginia
  • "I liked NEPHIP because it allowed me to learn the structure and workings of environmental health, but also allowed me the freedom to work on my own projects within my chosen health department. I'm leaving this experience with more knowledge, confidence in my chosen field, and the satisfaction of benefiting a community that I have grown to love."
    - Amy, 2015 NEPHIP Intern at the Eau Claire Cit –County Health Department, Wisconsin