The internship program was created to afford undergraduate minority students
an opportunity to participate in a hands-on internship experience and promote
their participation in the environmental health field. This position will also
provide the participant the opportunity to enhance their job experience, develop
or increase responsibility, and the flexibility to change or solidify their
current career path in environmental health. Participating in this internship
can influence how fast and how far minority students advance in the
environmental and public health fields.
In addition, many past participants that have successfully participated in the
internship program, have gone on to work in the environmental health field, been
hired by a local county health department, or went on to obtain a Master's
Degree in Public Health (MPH).
This program will provide opportunities for the student to develop various
interests, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to transition into a
full-time career in public health. The Facility Program Section of Environmental Health
accomplishes this by dividing the internship into two (2) phases and locations.
The chart below illustrates the different duties given at each location as well
as the duration spent in each phase of the internship.
|Phase I (Internship)
||Phase II (Externship)
|LOCATION: Administrative State Health Office (Tallahassee, Florida)
||LOCATION: A participating county health department . (67 counties in
- Daily program management assignments
- Occasional field inspections
- Occasional survey inspections
- Required to work up from 10 to 20 hours per week
- Perform inspections
- Receive training in various Environmental Health programs
- Required to work 40 hours per week
- Participates in administrative aspects of statewide program management,
such as subject matter research, and providing public education
- Creating educational materials or brochures
|DATES: Typically Fall, Spring, or Fall and Spring semesters
||DATES: Typically Summer (minimum of 8 weeks)
You will have the chance to learn the methods of regulation for the following
For more information about the programs regulated by the state health office and
county health departments, please browse the A-Z directory located at the
Florida Department of Health homepage (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/).
In order to apply, the applicant must meet each of the following requirements:
- Ethnic minority
- Undergraduate student at an accredited university or college
- United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States and its
- Junior or senior (at the time of application) majoring in physical or natural sciences
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Able to work outdoors
- Valid driver's license
- Reliable vehicle
- Lift minimum of 30 pounds
HOW TO APPLY
We typically interview in mid of March each year. To apply for the program, it
is best to submit your application by February 22, 2013. However, we will accept
applications at any point and hold them for the next available hiring
opportunity. Occasionally we have an unexpected vacancy that is not in the
spring. Feel free to apply using the guidance below.
In order to be granted an interview, one must submit a complete application.
A complete application consists of:
- Signed application (can be accessed at
- 89 kb PDF file)
- One page essay addressing the question, "What are your expectations of
- Letter of recommendation (1) from school faculty or advisor.
- A copy of their official school transcript showing current grade point
average and college courses listed. An unofficial copy may be provided when
making initial application. However, if called for an interview an official
copy must be provided within five business days of the scheduled interview.
FORMS TO DOWNLOAD
(89 kb PDF file)
- POWER POINT PRESENTATION (Video coming soon)
Provides information about the Environmental Health Minority Internship
program for Juniors and seniors.
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want
your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not
send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in
If you have remaining questions, please contact
You may also contact phone number 850-245-4277 with further
Complete applications can be faxed to 850-487-0864.
Complete applications can be mailed to :
Department of Health
Facility Programs Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A08
Tallahassee, FL 32399
NOTE: To find more information as to programs
your local county health department administers, please use the link below to
direct you to your local county's environmental health webpage. This link
lists all 67 counties where applicants can click on their county and be taken
to that county's home webpage (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdsitelist.htm).