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National Environmental Public Health Internship Program

National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)

The 2021 NEPHIP application period is now open and will close on February 5, 2021. 

In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch, NEHA is offering an internship program for environmental health students for summer 2021. 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. Through 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.


Watch our video about past internships

Student Eligibility

In addition to the eligibility requirements below, students must meet the 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.


Student Application


Application Checklist

To be considered for placement in NEPHIP 2021, students must complete the following application components. Students will not be considered unless all parts of their application are submitted on or before February 5, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. PST.

  1. Application with two essay questions
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial transcript (Note. All personal information such as social security number, student identification number, and address must be blocked out of the transcript prior to submission.)
  4. Top two host health department regional preferences. View the NEPHIP Regional Map(Note. Students are not guaranteed to be matched with their host health department regional preferences.)

  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). 

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.

Webinar: Introduction to NEPHIP for Environmental Health Students

Learn more about NEPHIP, including eligibility, requirements, and how to apply. Hear from three past interns share insights and experiences from their NEPHIP journey.


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