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Internship-Environmental Health Minority Internship Program

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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)

Program Description

Intern 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 FL)
  • 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 programs:

  • Biomedical Waste
  • Food Hygiene
  • Tanning Facilities
  • Group Care Facilities
  • Drinking Water Wells
  • Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems
  • Swimming Pools and bathing areas
  • Mobile Home Parks
  • Migrant Labor Camps
Intern 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

Eligibility Requirements

Intern Staff 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 possessions
  • 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

Intern Staff

We typically interview in mid of March each year. To apply for the program, it is best to submit your application by March 4, 2014. 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 Internship Application - 89 kb PDF file)
  • One page essay addressing the question, "What are your expectations of this Internship?"
  • 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

  • POWER POINT PRESENTATION (Video coming soon)
  • FLYER  Provides information about the Environmental Health Minority Internship program for Juniors and seniors.

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.


Intern Staff 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 writing.

If you have remaining questions, please contact us.

You may also contact phone number 850-245-4277 with further questions.

Complete applications can be faxed to 850-487-0864.

Complete applications can be mailed to :

Department of Health
Facility Programs Section
E.H. Internship
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.