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Internship Program

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) offers paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships provide opportunities to work in a variety of different public health disciplines such as health education, epidemiology, health statistics, laboratory sciences, public policy, healthcare administration, human resources, information technology, data science, informatics, and communications. An internship with CDPH offers exposure to state-level public service and equips aspiring public health leaders with professional development opportunities and a career pathway.

Internship Program Details

  • Internships offered every spring, summer, and fall

  • ​Remote, hybrid, and onsite placement opportunities

  • ​Hourly wages determined by placement location and candidate's level of education​

Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following requirements for paid internships: 

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 units of credit at time of internship (throughout the fall and spring semesters) in an affiliated college or university (PDF) 

  • Reside in California for the duration of the internship  

  • DACA and international students are eligible to apply 

​​Preferred Requirements

  • Availability to work up to 29 hours per week during the spring and fall cohorts

  • Availability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer cohort 

​Application Details​

Applications for paid internship opportunities are outlined in the application timeline below. Non-student volunteers interested in internships can explore Volunteer ​Internships for application d​​etails.


Cohort​​​​​​​​​

​Application Timeline

Summer 2024
June 3 to August 16
Applications will open in February 2024 ​
Fall 2024
September 3 to December 13
Applications will open in April 2024
Spring 2025
February 3 to May 16
Applications will open in October 2024
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