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Internship ProgramDHPE’s Internship Program offers a unique internship opportunity to prepare students of federally designated minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to apply academic skills and problem-solving to real-life work experiences while the public health programs they serve gain vitality and fresh perspectives from future leaders. Since 2002, DHPE has placed over 500 interns in a variety of internship positions within federal, state and local health departments, community-based organizations and other health-related agencies. It’s the ideal opportunity to explore career options in public health and define career goals under the mentorship of experienced professionals in the public health community.


DHPE has received supplemental funding to support the Health Equity Internship for an additional year. The funding is from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). The mission of the CDC DHDSP is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke. DHPE is working with the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) to administer the Internship Program for the 2017 Spring cohort.

College students selected for these cohorts should be interested in an internship project and placement site that focuses on the following:

  • Cardiovascular Disease Risks Reduction;
  • Heart Disease Prevention and Education, including Hypertension and Stroke;
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating;  
  • Physical Activity and/or Obesity. Interested students should mention their proposed internship site within their application.

Preference will be given to undergraduate and graduate students who attend Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCUs, HSIs and Tribal Colleges), are from racial and ethnic populations, and/or have demonstrated interest in working to achieve health equity in minority and underserved communities. For more information, contact Karen Probert at


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