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Graduate Student Epidemiology Program

Internships for Public Health Students, Insight for Maternal & Child Health Agencies

The Graduate Student Epidemiology Program helps health departments and maternal and child health agencies AND public health graduate students. 

Agencies propose 3-month summer projects. Master's and doctoral candidates apply for 3-month summer internships. Those that are selected to participate in the program are matched.

The student gains valuable work experience, possibly academic credit, and a $4,000 living stipend. The agency gets a fresh perspective and a completed project.

Learn more: Agencies | Public Health Graduate Students

Dates & Deadlines

October 10 through November 21: State, county and local  health departments, maternal and child health agencies, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers submit project proposals.

December: Agencies are notified whether or not their proposed projects are selected for the program.

January 5 through February 13: Graduate students at accredited schools of public health apply for the internship.

March and April: Selected students are matched with approved projects and both are notified.

May through July: Student interns complete challenging projects, working side-by-side with state, county, local and Tribal maternal and child health professionals.

Projects

Projects focus on

  • Data Analysis and Monitoring, such as monitoring diseases, injuries and health conditions for frequency, risk factors, consequences and health service requirements or analysis of epidemiological data sets. Example: Analyze State PRAMS data to produce and disseminate a stakeholder-driven fact sheet and issue brief on adverse childhood experiences.
  • Needs Assessment, such as systematic analysis, assessment, and projection of health needs and resources in a given population or community. Example: Assess the overall health needs, risk factors and barriers to care of women of child bearing age.
  • Program Evaluation, such as monitoring, collection and analysis of data to determine the effectiveness or outcomes of a particular program or project. Example: Document the effectiveness of a state’s early childhood system.