Resources for finding internships


Below are great resources for getting started on your internship journey:

*On the left side bar, you should click the option for paid.

*LinlkedIn doesn’t have the same “paid” option as Idealist, so I’d put “paid internship” into the search bar to try and narrow the search.

*They have options for paid/unpaid, but you must make an account.

*American University Communications students only

  • Ask your professors!

 This will be covered more in the networking tips, but there is no harm in shooting them an email and asking if they hire assistants or if they know of any opportunities.

*Must be willing to work in New York City or Washington, D.C. and pay for your own accommodations – though the internships are paid.

*Must be a resident/attending school in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania

Your school’s career center website – or simply go in and ask them!


Many Capitol Hill internships are unpaid – however, the Senate will be offering a paid program in the next fiscal year. I never held one, but I know looking directly on your representative’s website is helpful or signing up for the LinkedIn Daybook 


The below tips are courtesy of Taylor Sabol, student at American University and Public Health major:

First off, its pretty hard to find paid public health internships because so much work is in the nonprofit field. I know of some great organizations though that pay their interns including: the Urban Institute, the Truth Initiative, National Council for Behavioral Health, Center for Health and Gender Equity, Cancer Support Community, Centerstone, National Environmental Science program, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

I’m currently interning at SAMHSA through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship program. This program matches students with federal employers for paid, full-time internship positions during the summer, fall, and spring. They especially look for public health students but accept a variety of majors for positions at SAMHSA, OMH, the EPA, CDC, and USDA. The program may even offer to pay for your housing and flights for the internship position if you need to relocate! It’s an amazing program that I highly recommend. We also participate in weekly professional development events at the HACU headquarters, located downtown.

I have also participated in the Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) program through the US Office of Minority Health. Students usually apply through other programs but work full-time for 10 weeks, paid during the summer, on a health equity project. This may be at the OMH office in Rockville or at different placement sites throughout the country. Interns work on a health equity project, participate in professional development events and webinars for public health, and present to OMH at the end of summer. Also another great PAID experience!

Other public health summer programs include the Columbia University public health scholars program, the Johns Hopkins public heath scholars program, the National Institute for Drug Abuse Summer research program, and the RISE-UP Kennedy Kreiger Institute program, partnered with the CDC. These opportunities are paid and pay for travel/airfare and room and board.


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