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CDC, NEHA, AEHAP Collaborate to Offer New National Environmental Public Health Internship Program

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in collaboration with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP), has received funding from the CDC Environmental Health Services Branch to support more than 30 environmental health college internships during summer 2015.

Students from National Environmental Health and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited academic programs are eligible for the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) at approved local and state health departments or agencies and will be paid a stipend funded by CDC of up to $4,000 ($400 per week). Through this internship program, students will be exposed to the exciting career opportunities, challenges, and benefits of working with public health agencies in various areas throughout the U.S.

For health departments, participating in NEPHIP presents an exciting opportunity to work with students eager to gain experience in the environmental health field and contribute to the important mission of the environmental health practice. To be considered as a host, the health department or agency must have opportunities for student interns to experience multiple environmental health programs/activities, such as food safety, onsite water and wastewater programs, vector control, institutional environmental health, and laboratory process.

Host sites will assist students to identify and complete a project to solve a current environmental health problem or challenge facing the host health department and provide a mentor to advise the student throughout the internship. A complete list of requirements, instructions, and host applications for interested agencies are available at http://www.neha.org/Students/internship.html.

The student must have completed his/her junior year at the time the internship begins and must have completed at least one full year of academic training with a majority of courses in environmental health focal areas. For additional details on the student requirements as well as an application for the internship, please visit http://www.neha.org/Students/internship.html.

Host agency and student applications are due by Saturday, February 7.

The primary purpose of this internship program is to encourage highly trained new environmental health graduates to consider careers in state, tribal or local environmental health programs.