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This internship is for undergraduate public health students at UT Austin who are interested in gaining experience in public health through partnerships with state and local public health agencies and other institutions involved in population health.

Student interns will have the opportunity to conduct goal-oriented, semester-long research projects for university credit under the supervision of public health practitioners. In addition to valuable research experience, student interns will gain communication skills by participating in written discussion with peers and preparing an oral presentation about their completed projects. They will present their projects before an audience that includes their fellow interns.

Students will be selected to participate based on merit via a competitive process without regard to race, color, religion, or gender. Completed applications will be reviewed and students may be interviewed in person or by telephone. Selected students will be assigned research projects based on the mutual interest of the student and mentor. 

Student interns must complete 180 hours of work for the semester (approximately 12 hours/week) to earn 3 hours of academic credit in PBH 341R Public Health Research. They must provide their own transportation to the internship site. Training will be provided in safety, computer security awareness, and in the basic principles of patient's rights to privacy and confidentiality.

The Public Health Internship Program is offered each semester.


Application Requirements

  1. U.S. Citizenship is required for all internships carried out at the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). This is not a requirement for internships carried out at the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department (ATCHHSD).
  2. Enrollment at the University of Texas at Austin as a degree seeker in Public Health
  3. Junior or senior standing with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  4. Prerequisite Coursework: Completion of PBH 317, BIO 325, SDS 328M, and PBH 354.  For some internships, completion of BIO 326M and BIO 226L is required.


Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form and submit it by the deadline.
  2. Applicants must be able to commit to working 12 hours per week for the semester at the internship site plus additional time working one-on-one with Dr. Felkner.


Texas Department of State Health Services Internship Application

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) offers internships through their own competitive application process. Acceptance to any DSHS internship will result in automatic acceptance to the Public Health internship program and the PBH 341R course. Students interested in a DSHS internship must apply directly through the DSHS website. If accepted, contact Dr. Felkner to enroll in the PBH 341R course.


The Spring 2022 application will open Monday, October 11.


Virtual information session with Dr. Felkner: October 11 at 12 pm (Zoom link here)

View Spring 2022 PBH 341R internship descriptions: Available here

Apply for Spring 2022 PBH 341R internships: Apply here

Deadline to apply: Monday, October 25 at 5pm


Students will by notified of decision by Wednesday, November 3. 

Please contact Dr. Marilyn Felkner with questions.