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Volunteer Internships

The California Department of Public Health’s Volunteer Internship Program supports students and working professionals seeking experience in the field of public health. Volunteer internships are offered on a continuous basis with placement availability determined by the needs of the Department. Internship placements are matched to align with the intern’s academic and professional goals. 


  • Open to college students at all grade levels
  • Open to graduate and post-graduate students
  • Open to non-student adults seeking experience in a new field


Volunteer Internships typically have a duration of 3 to 4 months, working 8 to 20 hours per week. Most internships align with the Spring, Summer, and Fall cohorts, but placement can begin at any time in the year to accommodate intern and Department needs. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer internship at CDPH, please submit your resume, a cover letter describing your interest in CDPH, and your top three program areas of interest to ​​. Applications are reviewed monthly. If no placements are available, your application will be saved for future consideration.

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