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National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)

The student and health application has closed.  Applications are currently being processed and reviewed.  Notifications for students will be sent out by February 28, 2020.  Health Department will be notified by March 6, 2020.  

NEHA is offering an internship program for environmental health students for summer 2020. The purpose of this internship is 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 encourage students to consider careers working in local, state, or tribal environmental health departments following graduation.

Thanks to funding from CDC, the program will support environmental health student internships and provide a base stipend of $6,000 for undergraduate and $8000 for a 10-week internship through NEHA to cover lodging, food, and incidental expenses.

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Student Eligibility

In addition to the eligibility requirements below, students must meet requirements of their academic institution and host health department. Students applying for an internship through NEPHIP must meet the following criteria:

  1. Attend a National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited environmental health academic program:
  2. Be a current junior, senior, or graduate student at the time the application is submitted and have completed at least one full year of academic training with a majority of courses in environmental health focus areas.
  3. Be enrolled as a student during the summer internship
  4. Possess an overall minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 on a scale of 4.0 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in environmental health coursework.
  5. Have active health insurance and be capable of performing various environmental health tasks, some of which may be physically challenging.


Application Checklist

To be considered for placement in NEPHIP 2020, students must complete the application components below. Students will not be considered unless all parts of their application are submitted on or before January 15, 2020 by 11:59PM PST.

  1. Application with 2 essay questions
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript: *Special Note:  All personal information such as SSN, Student identification #, and Address must be blocked out of transcript prior to submission.
  4. Top two host health department regional preferences.*  View NEPHIP Regional Map

  5. Letter of Recommendation Form submitted by a faculty member of the EH program at the EHAC-accredited academic institution (a letter may be substituted if preferred). 

*Special Note: Students are not guaranteed to be matched with their host health department regional preferences.


Additional Considerations

  1. Students should be aware that if they relocate, securing housing at their preferred health department location is their sole responsibility. Some health department hosts have indicated they may be able to assist students with housing suggestions.
  2. NEPHIP is a highly competitive internship program. It is encouraged to have a faculty member review your application essays before submitting your application. 

Any questions should be directed to

2020 Program Guidelines