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The Health Equity Internship Program was created to support the diversification of the public health and health-related workforce. Like several areas of health, the public health nutrition workforce also needs assistance with diversification and recruiting a new generation of nutritional professionals. Since 2002, the internship program has prepared nearly 1,000 students with practical skills in the Essentials of Public Health Services and Core Competencies of Health Education and Promotion. The Health Equity Internship Program was formerly managed by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education or DHPE.

Federal, regional, state and local health agencies provide real-world work experience to students for 12-weeks to complete health equity projects in the areas of Cardiovascular Disease, HIV, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes, Lupus, Nutrition, Mental Health, Program Planning, Health Policy, Tobacco, Injury/Violence Prevention, Aging and more. Since its inception, the Health Equity Internship Program has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, specifically the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

There is no cost to the agency to serve as a preceptor for a student intern. Hourly stipends are paid to the chosen students during the 12-weeks internship period. Additionally, professional development opportunities, such as attending conferences, CHES/CPH exam fees, are offered to the interns. The Internship Program does not provide funding for housing, transportation or relocation, but students may choose internship sites outside of the city of their current academic institution.

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students interested in being placed in public health and health equity internships, regardless of area of discipline, are invited to submit applications for the 2018 Fall Semester and 2019 Spring Semester internship periods. The creation of an account is required to apply.

Health agencies, such as health departments, hospitals, and community-based agencies, as well as research institutions with community health initiatives, including universities, may submit applications to serve as internship sites.

If you are interested in learning more about the Internship Program, you may email the Internship Program staff at internship@asphn.org.