This summer, we are offering up to 45 positions with state and local health departments across Massachusetts, from Boston to West Springfield, and from the North Shore to Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. The program aids graduate public health students in gaining hands-on professional experience, while enabling local health departments to obtain assistance with pressing projects. Selected students work on a wide range of topical projects at the local level including environmental health, substance use disorders, communicable disease case investigation, needs assessments, emergency preparedness, health communication, data analysis, food security, mental health, and health policy. Accepted students have access to mentors at the state and local level and are offered the opportunity to spend time shadowing epidemiologists and health educators with various MDPH programs (Infectious Disease, Substance Addiction Services, Global Health, etc.).
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. Please only apply to postings you can individually commute to.
Students must commit to a minimum of 160 hours during the summer (Estimated time frame: 5/22/19- 8/14/19). At this time, listed opportunities are unpaid internships. The student will be required to attend both an orientation program and the closing session held in Boston. The program culminates in a Closing Session where students’ final projects are showcased via poster and oral presentations. 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.