Student Internship

DPH provides opportunities for students to learn about public health and public health careers, and to expose students and new graduates to public health practice.

Students may be provided with opportunities to:

  • Shadow a public health professional for a limited time to learn about everyday duties and the work of public health professionals.
  • Carry out an independent project demonstrating the application of knowledge and skills to current public health practice.
  • Apply classroom learning and gain hands-on experience inside a public health work environment.
  • Develop contacts within the field of public health and access future employment opportunities.
  • Develop goals for personal and professional growth with the understanding that professional development is a continuous process.
  • Work with a preceptor who can serve as a role model and mentor.

All internships/job shadowing opportunities are nonpaid unless otherwise noted.


Job shadowing or internships may be available to undergraduates, graduate, and post-graduate students at colleges and universities, with first consideration given to those in programs in public health, allied health, medicine, and related fields in Connecticut schools. Interns must be enrolled in a degree program. Internships are highly competitive and based on preceptor availability and therefore DPH cannot guarantee placements.

Placements and Academic Requirements:

DPH will place a limited number of students into their Summer Intensive Public Health Internship Program, although immediate opportunities may become available.

If selected, students should work out specific hours directly with the DPH preceptor.  Opportunities may exist to work onsite, offsite or a combination of both depending upon the nature of the internship.

The intern is expected to maintain a minimum 70% attendance for all structured events offered during the Summer Intensive Public Health Internship Program; this is in addition to meeting the expectations of their respective preceptor.

Internships completed during the Spring and Fall semesters are not subject to the same guidelines.  For those programs, the intern is expected to abide by the expectations of the preceptor.

General Application/Deadline:

Those interested in applying may submit a Student Internship Application.  Please provide a link to a copy of your CV or resume in the student internship application. 

Please direct questions to

Please Adhere to the following deadlines for applying to internships at the Connecticut Department of Public Health: 



Deadline to Apply:

Fall Session 2023

August 31, 2023

Spring Session 2024

December 31, 2023

Summer Intensive PH Internship Program 2024

April 30, 2024


Fellowship Program with Stipend:


**This can provide 3500 dollars for students seeking public health internships.  For students already applying for public health internships, please ALSO apply for the fellowship stipend**


This opportunity is available to a limited number of students from ANY college or university for a wide range of public health projects.  Detailed information below: 



The Connecticut Public Health Fellowship Program (PHFP) financially supports college students in quality public health field placements that aim to build interest in Connecticut public health careers and prepare fellows for today’s workforce needs. The program is directed by the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) Office of Public Health Workforce Development and administered by the Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) at the Yale School of Public Health. Financial support for the program is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement’s COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplemental Funding.

The program provides stipends of $3,500 to fellows to support a public health practice experience that:

● inspires them to work in a public health profession

● increases their knowledge of health equity and Essential Public Health Services

● improves their proficiency of selected public health practice competencies


DPH is committed to increasing the diversity and inclusion of the public health profession, so the workforce is representative of the community it serves. Students from underrepresented populations or under-resourced backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The Public Health Fellowship Program will provide 70 Public Health Fellows, 140,000 hours of service learning for a stronger public health system and healthier State of Connecticut.

Fellowship Program Presentation

Public Health Fellowship Website

Public Health Fellowship Guidebook

Fellowship Application


Selection and Placement:

Applicants may be contacted by either the office of public health workforce development or interested preceptors.  Appointments will be made in accordance to the academic term being considered.

A workable and mutually beneficial relationship between the students, their institutions, and the preceptor is a major goal.  Every effort will be made to affect a match that is satisfactory to both parties.