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National Environmental Public Health Internship Program

The National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) is a 400-hour paid internship opportunity that links environmental health undergraduate and graduate students with funded internship placements at qualified state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) environmental public health agencies.

This workforce initiative supports the establishment of qualified applicant pipelines to help meet current and future environmental health professional workforce needs across the nation and encourages environmental health students to consider careers in governmental environmental public health following graduation.


Since 2015, NEPHIP has successfully helped environmental health student interns gain valuable work experience, develop meaningful professional relationships, and ultimately introduce them to the many diverse and rewarding career opportunities that exist in STLT environmental public health programs following graduation.

Applications and Details

Applications for Summer 2023 Students are Closed

  • Acceptances and matching are anticipated to be completed by the end of March for the Summer 2023 session.  
  • Summer session internship experiences will begin between May and June and end by early September 2023.  
NEPHIP for Students

Applications for Spring and Summer 2023 State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Environmental Health Programs are Open

  • Complete the application online for Summer 2023.
  • Environmental Health Program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis if positions are open and available, although we encourage programs to apply as soon as possible for Summer 2023. 
NEPHIP for Health Programs

NEPHIP and Diversity

The expanded program aims to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion within the EH workforce (Journal of Environmental Health, PDF). NEHA measures diversity across many variables including being a first-generation college student, age, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, neurodiversity, disability, language, religion, sexual orientation, geographical area, etc.

It is imperative that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) be embraced in the environmental health profession. Enhancing diversity will help us to identify gaps and opportunities for our most vulnerable community members, enrich the lives of future professionals, and mitigate health disparities.


For additional questions about NEPHIP, email NEPHIP@neha.org.

NEPHIP is supported by CDC's National Center for Environmental Health through a cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802.