2021 MDPH Local Health Internship Opportunities

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Division of Epidemiology is seeking graduate students to intern remotely for local health departments during the summer of 2021 (approximately May 24 – August 13). The number of placements has been reduced due to the ongoing work by local health departments on the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The applicant must commit to a minimum of 160 hours during the summer but may work more hours as required for school practicums pending prior agreement with their internship supervisor.

The applicant must have completed at least one semester of graduate level public health course work preferably including, but not limited to, one course each in epidemiology, environmental health, and biostatistics. Occasionally, exceptional undergraduate applications have been accepted, but graduate students are given priority consideration. Clinical experience and/or prior work experience is a plus but is not required. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English.

The student will be required to attend both an orientation program and the closing session held virtually. On the closing day, each student will be required to present their work to fellow interns, local public health agents and MDPH representatives summarizing his or her experience.

The opportunities are:

  • MDPH Division of Epidemiology: COVID-19 Internship (Multiple Placements)
  • MDPH Division of Epidemiology: Zoonotic Disease
  • Mansfield Health Department (Bristol County)
  • Bedford Board of Health (Middlesex County)

Details for each position are included in this document. Applications can be submitted online at the link below. In the application, please rank the internships by your preference so that we can match candidates to the best placement.

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If you have any difficulties submitting this form, you can send the requested information and materials to Kayleigh Sandhu at kayleigh.sandhu@mass.gov.

This application is due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021. Candidates will be notified of their status in early April via email.