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 Internship and Practica Opportunities

Public Health Associate Program
The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fellowship.  Each PHAP associate is assigned to a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health agency and works alongside public health professionals.  After completing the program, PHAP graduates will be qualified for future jobs with government public health agencies and will be uniquely prepared to pursue an advanced degree in public health.  The 2015 associate application period will open in early February 2015. For more information, visit
Graduate Student Epidemiology Program
The Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) provides technical assistance to States and localities while offering graduate students hands-on training in maternal and child health epidemiology. For over 10 years, GSEP participants have had the opportunity to work with health agencies across the country to address specific, defined data or analytic issues with the aim of developing or enhancing MCH and Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) information systems.  Master’s and doctoral degree candidates in U.S. schools of public health (accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health) are qualified to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in MCH studies and must not graduate before the internship ends.  The submission deadline for student applications will be in February 2015. For more information, visit      

NACCHO Health Policy and Practice Scholars Program, Fall 2014
NACCHO has expanded their student opportunities to include the newly developed Local Public Health Policy and Practice Scholars Program. This program was designed as a guided, academic, practice-based opportunity for graduate level students in public health, pharmacy, environmental studies, or law to work on policy and practice issues impacting public health at the local level. The ideal student will have experience in research, writing, and policy analysis. While each student opportunity will be tailored to meet the needs of individual students and their university requirements, students should expect to:

  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of public health policy and practice experience with specific assigned tasks while receiving academic credit,
  • Work independently and have the capability to complete assignments remotely,
  • Receive constructive feedback from an assigned preceptor with subject matter expertise, and
  • Attend a minimum of two half-day events at the NACCHO office in Washington, DC.

Graduate-level students pursuing a master’s degree in public health or a related field are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 22, 2014, but NACCHO encourages students to apply early. The eight selected students should receive academic course credit for their participation.

For more information, visit  Additional questions about the application process may be directed to


The National MCH Workforce Development Center is funded by a cooperative agreement (#UE7MC26282) with the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau.