Internships with VDH

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of Virginians and offers valuable public health experience to those who are considering a career in Public Health or Government Service.

VDH offers both paid and unpaid internships to students recently graduated or working toward a degree. These programs allow students to:

  • Work while you are gaining practical application in your area of study
  • Work with a VDH supervisor to help you apply your studies to your work
  • Gain work experience which may help you be a stronger candidate when applying for full-time employment upon graduation
  • Learn about career opportunities at VDH and gain valuable networking contacts.

Available Programs

VDH Summer Internship Academy

Program Information

Cohort 2 (2024) – Applications open December 22, 2023! Closing date is January 31, 2024. The Academy will be placing up to 30 interns in locations across the state.

The VDH Internship Academy is a structured 10-week program that allows current or recent students an experiential learning opportunity at the Department of Health. The program is for students bringing a broad range of backgrounds, from accounting to graphic design, environmental health to biology, and public health to engineering, every field is applicable to our agency!

In our first year of the Academy, VDH was recognized as a Top 100 Employer for Interns in Virginia!


VA/MD WIC Dietetic Internship

Program Information

The VA/MD WIC Dietetic Internship is a fully accredited program whose mission is to offer a supervised experience program based on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Education and entry level program requirements which will produce highly competent community based registered dietitians who can work effectively in the changing healthcare environment.

Individualized Internship Opportunities

Are you looking for something specific? Contact Us and see if a specific program or health department has availability to take on an intern. If you’d like to receive college credit for your internship we’ll need to complete a MOA with your college or university, reach out to to see if we have one on file or to kick off the process. Individualized Internships may offer the opportunity for additional flexibility.

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