Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Philly Forward Summer Internship

Posted on February 5, 2019

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) announces that it is now accepting applications for its Philly Forward summer internship program. This eight-week paid internship is designed to provide pre-professional training to those interested in pursuing careers in public health. Each Philly Forward intern will work directly with PDPH leaders on a specific project or projects involving data collection, data analysis, program implementation, grant-writing, preparation of reports, and/or community engagement. Each intern will also learn about the Department’s multiple functions though staff presentations and field trips. The internship will begin on June 24 and conclude on August 16, 2019.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), with some 900 staff and a budget of $350 million, promotes and protects the health of all Philadelphians and provides a safety net for the most vulnerable. The agency leads programs to prevent communicable diseases; prevent chronic diseases and promote healthy behaviors; prevent environmental health risks; investigate outbreaks of disease; respond to public health emergencies; and promote the health of women, children, and families. In addition, the department operates eight primary care clinics. PDPH has been on the vanguard of public health, proposing policy solutions to problems like smoking and obesity, and intends to continue that tradition with creative solutions to both long-standing urban health problems and new crises.

The Application Process
Eligibility and Application Materials You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled at a college or university at the time of the internship and are working towards a baccalaureate degree. To apply, electronically submit:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in the internship;
  • A resume that summarizes your educational experience, your work experience, and your skills;
  • A short writing sample (for example, a paper that you wrote for a class assignment or an article that you wrote for a school publication);
  • A recent undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine); and,
  • The names and contact information for two persons who can serve as references, one of whom is a faculty member.

The deadline for the application is Friday, March 29, 2019; applications should be sent to PDPHPFI@phila.gov.


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