Intern taking water sample from public swimming areaNational Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)

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NEHA administers the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) is supported by cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802.

The purpose of NEPHIP is to encourage environmental health students to consider careers at local, state, or tribal environmental public health departments following graduation. Through this internship program, students will be exposed to the exciting career opportunities, benefits, and challenges of working with environmental public health agencies throughout the U.S.


Students who apply must be from National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited environmental health academic programs. Selected students will receive a base stipend of $4,000 ($400 per week) for undergraduate and $6000 ($600 per week) for graduate students to complete a 10-week internship. An additional relocation stipend is available to cover the costs if the student relocates for the internship.

NEHA ‘s role in NEPHIP is to help build new relationships between accredited environmental health academic programs and local, state, and tribal environmental public health departments.

In this role NEHA:

  • Solicits applications from eligible environmental health departments and selects locations based on established application criteria. 
  • Solicits applications from eligible environmental health students and selects interns based on established application criteria. 
  • NEHA staff will match the selected interns with the environmental health departments based on geolocation prefences, interest, and professional goals that align with opportunities at the health department.  *Special note:  NEHA cannot guarantee placement base on previos mention criteria.  


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Past Intern Success Stories

2019 Program Guidelines

  • "Environmental Health is such a fun and rewarding field; every day is different. Being a NEPHIP intern allowed me the freedom to work with a variety of different bureaus and projects at my chosen health department. What's more is that I can walk away from this internship with endless experiences to talk about in an interview, amazing references, and real-world confidence in my chosen field."
    - Stephany, 2015 NEPHIP Intern at the New Mexico Environmental Health Bureau
  • "It was very rewarding to put the knowledge learned in classes to real time application. I found myself in some of the most astounding scenarios, leading me to think that this job could provide a lifetime of entertainment and moral satisfaction. I can’t wait to see where my future in environmental health takes me."
    - Kyle, 2015 NEPHIP Intern at the Peninsula Health Department, Virginia
  • "I liked NEPHIP because it allowed me to learn the structure and workings of environmental health, but also allowed me the freedom to work on my own projects within my chosen health department. I'm leaving this experience with more knowledge, confidence in my chosen field, and the satisfaction of benefiting a community that I have grown to love."
    - Amy, 2015 NEPHIP Intern at the Eau Claire Cit –County Health Department, Wisconsin