NIEMS Public Health Summer Interns from left to right: Seena Khosravi, Harvard University; Christina Boulineaux, University of St. Andrews (UK); Christina Clark, Dartmouth College; Kelsey Igo, Clemson University; Elizabeth Puglisi, Villanova University; and, Daniel Abraham, Cornell University.
Internships in Public Health & Emergency Medical Services
Our Institute's internship program in Public Health & Emergency Medical Services is popular with both undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose of our internship program is to introduce future policy makers to the EMS system through mentorship, literature review, and clinical exposure. Our hope is that increased awareness of EMS will allow new graduates of Public Health to make more informed decisions with regards to homeland security, emergency services, and public safety.
To apply for the intern position, potential candidates must be a college graduate or currently enrolled in a college degree program oriented towards patient care or healthcare policy. Candidates are selected based on GPA, an interest in public health, and a writing sample. Interns are given a modest stipend to help cover the temporary cost of housing, transportation, and other related expenses. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 160 hours and spans the summer months from mid-June to mid-August.
Early in the summer interns choose a public health project of interest. Creating an individual or joint article for publication is the primary goal. Other activities include ambulance rides, hospital observation, and meeting with Congressional health committee members during a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Although internship attendance is flexible, approximately 20-hours per week is expected for 6 weeks. Interns are given a work space at the NIEMS training center and will attend regular staff meetings. Office dress is casual. Ambulance uniforms will be issued. Upon completion, a certificate of achievement suitable for framing is presented to each intern. EMT licensure is not a pre-requisite for the intern position; however, interns may also attend the summer accelerated EMT program if desired.