The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Division of Epidemiology and Immunization is seeking up to 35 graduate students to intern in local health departments during the summer of 2018. Cities and towns currently seeking interns are listed in this posting. The positions to be filled are Local Public Health Interns. The selected students will work on various projects within local health departments that may include environmental health, communicable disease case investigation, needs assessment, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness, health education, data entry/analysis, health policy, food safety, substance abuse, and other duties as determined by the local health department in collaboration with the student.
Accepted students will also be offered the opportunity to spend time shadowing epidemiologists and health educators at the MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention and Laboratory Services, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, and the Division of Global Populations. The applicant must have completed at least one semester of graduate level public health course work preferably including, but not limited to, one course each in epidemiology, environmental health, and biostatistics. Students should be able to work independently and have basic computer skills. Clinical experience and/or prior work experience is a plus, but is not required. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English. Most students will need access to a vehicle; however, some cities/towns have public transportation. The student will be required to attend both an orientation program and the closing session held in Boston. On the closing day, each student will be required to provide an oral or poster presentation for fellow interns, local public health agents and MDPH representatives summarizing his or her experience.
Upon completion of this internship each student will have an excellent understanding of the various roles of local health departments in Massachusetts and will have obtained hands-on experience in the practice of public health. Estimated number of hours required per week: 15-20 (Hours are flexible in most communities) Students must commit to a minimum of 160 hours during the summer (Estimated time frame: 5/23/18- 8/15/18). At this time, listed opportunities are unpaid internships.
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