PAID Public Health Internship Program for Minority Serving Institutions – Summer Session Recruitment

26 Jan

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is a non-profit public health organization in Washington DC. For the past 10 years through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have administered an internship program exclusively for students who attend minority-serving institutions, including tribal colleges and universities. The program targets undergraduate and graduate level students whom are interested in pursuing careers in the field of public health from a various academic organizations.

DHPE has placed more than 500 students from 60 minority-serving institutions in practicum settings since the program began in September 2002. Students completing the program have been accepted into masters and doctoral programs in public health disciplines, some have been offered positions at state and local health departments and others are participating in other internship and fellowship programs.

Students are required to be enrolled at an accredited minority-serving institution during the time of application, but may complete their internship after their Spring graduation, if accepted into the program. They are placed at state and local health departments, community-based organizations, and at federal health agencies, such as CDC for the 12-week internship. Students are provided with an opportunity to gain knowledge of and practical experience in community-based health education, prevention research and policy addressing health disparities among racial and ethnic populations.

DHPE believes strongly in students’ professional development and offers webinars to prepare interns for employment, such as writing resumes, creating strong cover letters, and creating powerful power point presentations. Addressing health disparities and health equity is also a key focus in our internship program. Webinars in understanding and articulating diversity, cultural competence and social determinants of health are provided to all our interns.

There are three sessions per year for the internship program: a Summer session (May-August); a Fall session (September-December); and a Spring session (January-April). The deadline to apply for Summer is March 1, 2015. The spring session will begin Monday, May 25th and end in mid-August. Please apply early! College students must be enrolled in school when they apply but they may complete the internship in the summer as a recent graduate. The student is required to submit three letters of recommendation and transcripts along with their application.

We invite you to visit the DHPE Website at to learn more about the Internship Program, or visit the online management system at to apply to for the internship program.

If you have any questions, need additional information, please feel free to contact me at 202-552-4402 or via email at


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: