NEPHTC Health Equity Internship Program

NEPHTC provides stipends to 27 students per year for field placements and faculty-student collaborative projects throughout New England. To qualify you must be a graduate or doctoral student pursuing a degree in a health profession, or a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student pursuing a public health degree, and work with a public health or nonprofit agency supporting underserved areas and populations.

Field Placements

Health Equity field placements are structured opportunities for students to apply their acquired knowledge and skills in a public health practice setting working in or with a medically underserved area/population. Field experiences are expected to contribute to the mastery of public health competencies, with a focus on balancing the educational and practice needs of the students with the needs of the community.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Projects

These are research projects or community interventions identified by a governmental public health agency or other public health service entity. Students and faculty advisors collaborate with the agency to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities, and address specific public health issues among a specified target population.

See NEPHTC Student Projects!

What is a Health Equity Project?

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Health equity projects focus on removing or reducing barriers to health caused by race or ethnicity, education, income, location or other social factors. Proposed projects must benefit medically underserved populations and may address any health or social problem. Highly desired are projects for agencies located in medically underserved areas or rural areas.

Ready to Apply?

Applications are now open for summer and fall 2021 health equity projects.

Student applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. Please see the student guidebook for further eligibility information.

NEPHTC Health Equity Internship Program Guidebook

Are you an organization that wants to host a student interested in Health Equity?

Apply to partner with NEPHTC today and help place Health Equity student intern(s)!

Agency Project Proposal Application

Are you a student who wants experience working in Health Equity?

Apply to have your field placement or faculty-student collaborative project approved!

Health Equity Internship Student Application

To learn more or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact: NEPHTC Health Equity Internship Coordinator, Kathi Traugh, at or NEPHTC Regional Coordinator, Karla Todd, at

*Students applying for NEPHTC Health Equity stipend must have their project approved and confirmed by their university and field placement site prior to application.

Proof of Impact

By the Numbers…

  • 93% of students agreed* that learning objectives of the placement/project were met.
  • 100% of students agreed* that they identified actions they will take to apply information they learned.
  • 93% of students agreed* that information they learned during the placement/project is relevant to their future public health career plans.
  • 96% of students agreed* that the placement/project increased their interest in working with vulnerable/underserved populations.

agreed* or strongly agreed
data from Common Metrics Reporting period 7/1/18-6/30/19

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