Internships at Baltimore City Health Department
**Summer 2018 internship opportunities will be recruited for on a rolling basis. Below are the current internship opportunities available. Please check our website regularly as this page will be updated as new opportunities become available**
Current Internship Opportunities:
Baltimore City Health Department Internship Program:
Welcome to the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the oldest health department in the United States with over 200 years of innovation and service! We work to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore residents in order to make our city one where all residents realize their full health potential. We also believe in training future public health leaders. That’s why we have developed an internship program that will provide opportunities for rising public health professionals and contribute to our many operations.
We receive many requests from area students to spend time at BCHD learning more about our scope of services, observing our programs, and contributing to our goals such as reducing infant mortality, eliminating overdose deaths, increasing access to HIV testing, and tracing the source of disease outbreaks.
This page is designed to help you get started in learning about internship opportunities that exist within BCHD. The BCHD Internship Program operates generally on three terms: winter/spring, summer, and fall; this is to accommodate a wide variety of school schedules (quarters, trimesters, or semesters). There will be an orientation near the beginning of each term and potentially an opportunity to present your work near the end of your internship placement. In addition to your official internship projects, BCHD also provides professional development opportunities during which you will have an opportunity to interact with public health leaders throughout the department.
Please note that BCHD internships are unpaid. We can accommodate students who are paid by fellowships through their universities or external foundations, but we are unable to provide funding for our internships. Though fulltime internship placements (40 hours/week) are preferred, we recognize that many students have limited availability during their time in school. At a minimum, we request interns be able to devote at least 10 hours to the internship each week.
Please follow the steps outlined below to apply for an internship at BCHD. We look forward to working with you!
Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the BCHD Organizational Chart and Current Internship Opportunities. This will give you an idea of current projects we are recruiting for, our scope of services, and leadership within various divisions.
Step 2: Identify your goals and availability for an internship by answering the following questions:
- What areas within the Health Department are of the most interest to you? How does this align with your broader professional goals?
- How much time do you have to devote to working with the Health Department?
- Tentative Timeline
- Winter/Spring: January-April
- Summer: May-August
- Fall: September-December
- Tentative Timeline
- When are you available (school term and days per week)?
Step 3: Once you have answered the questions in Step 2, write a cover letter about your interests in public health and how an internship with the Baltimore City Health Department would impact your professional goals. If you are interested in a particular position from our Current Internship Opportunities, please indicate this in your cover letter. If you are interested in areas that are not currently in our Current Internship Opportunities, please include the areas/divisions/programs you are most interested in working with based on the BCHD Organizational Chart. We will do our best to place you in an internship that fits your particular interests and goals.
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