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What is an internship at Public Health?

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) internship program is designed to offer college level students, both graduate and undergraduate, an opportunity to gain work experience in state government. Applications are received and matched with specific internship opportunities in various programs at IDPH. This program offers many benefits:

  • Promotes better ties with academic community as well as an opportunity to create a "real world" working environment.
  • Provides opportunities to network and meet many other health professionals.
  • Provides programs with opportunities to screen for future employees.
  • Enhances individual performance and provides valuable job skills.
  • Students complete valuable work products and introduce new ideas.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, community college, trade/vocational school, or business program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate may apply.

What are some common responsibilities in an internship?

Internships at the department vary from person to person. The department has so many programs, each person will have different duties and responsibilities, yet the following responsibilities apply to all.

  • Work assignments should be related to the department only, and should be determined following careful consideration of the intern’s skills, knowledge, and experience.
  • Each site supervisor will develop a written description of the scope of work for each intern position, outlining specific duties and tasks. This should be done with the input of the student.
  • Supervisors and staff employing interns should monitor the student’s assignments and provide the guidance and support to promote their growth and performance.