Internship Program

hannah-and-veggiesThe RCHD Internship Program seeks to prepare the next generation of public health professionals by giving students interested in public health opportunities to gain skills relevant to the field. RCHD interns will tackle projects relevant to public health in Richmond under the guidance of RCHD public health professionals. Energetic, motivated students interested in serving the Richmond community and learning more about public health are encouraged to apply.

One of the CDC’s Ten Essential Functions of Public Health is to assure a competent public health workforce. The RCHD Internship Program focuses on preparing undergraduate and graduate students for careers in public health by combining real-life application of learned concepts in the field with guidance from many of Richmond’s top public health professionals. We reach this goal by doing the following:

  1. Providing an opportunity for students to work. RCHD interns help to advance the mission and programs of RCHD by contributing to projects ranging from conducting research analyses or writing grants to joining the community outreach effort. Our interns identify problems, think critically about solutions and implement them.
  2. Providing an opportunity for students to learn. RCHD interns build professional skills by working in our office and in the field, but they also have access to mentorship relationships with our staff and supervisors spanning the full spectrum of RCHD’s departments.
  3. Providing an opportunity for career exploration. Ultimately, we hope RCHD interns will find an element of public health that they love and that they will choose to pursue a career in public health, thus ensuring a competent public health workforce.

See past RCHD intern projects as well as examples of future projects.

nurseInterested in applying for an internship?

Submit the following to catherine.long@vdh.virginia.gov:

• Resume/CV outlining your preparation for the internship position
• A writing sample demonstrating your written communication ability
(3-page minimum)
• Note: the sample doesn’t have to be related to public health
• Dates and hours required for internship

If you have any questions about the RCHD Internship program, call the Internship Coordinator at (804) 205-3755.

Important Links:
CDC’s Ten Essential Functions of Public Health link:
http://www.cdc.gov/nphpsp/essentialServices.html