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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. We strive to align volunteer internships with our regular internship cohorts, but volunteer placements could begin between cohorts to accommodate 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 ​​. If no placements are available, your application will be saved for future consideration.

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