Public Health Internship Program

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is dedicated to the growth and development of the next generation of public health practitioners. Our internship program is designed to be the bridge between academic learning and real-life work application through meaningful project opportunities and leadership development.

As a Public Health intern, students will participate in three essential components of the Internship Program:

The project assignment which encompasses the day-to-day, project-based work of the specific offices within the public health department. Students will:

  • Work on a mission-driven project designed to be a resume builder
  • Have professional one-on-one mentorship
  • Be exposed to the innerworkings of governmental public health

The Leadership Academy is designed to develop the essential skills identified by hiring managers within public health programs. The academy will include:

  • Professional development seminars
  • Program Highlights to discover other public health programs within the department
  • Built-in reflections and career roadmaps
  • Networking with other students and working professionals who are dedicated to making a difference

The Internship Program will conclude with a Symposium open to the entire Public Health Department, where interns will:

  • Be recognized by the department for their work
  • Practice public speaking skills by presenting their project outcomes and lessons learned

The Public Health Internship Program goes beyond the office work experience and truly emphasizes the importance of preparing a well-rounded next generation of the public health workers.

Open Positions

Current Academic Partners

In order to receive credit for an internship, Maricopa County requires an agreement with your school. We currently have working agreements with the following schools:

  • AT Still University
  • Alverno College, School of Nursing and Health Professionals
  • Arizona College
  • Arizona State University
  • Aspen University
  • Benedictine University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brookline College
  • Capella University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Central Arizona College
  • Chamberlain University
  • Creighton University
  • Des Moines University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • George Washington University
  • Graceland College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Iowa State University, College of Human Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Kansas City University of Medical & Bioscience
  • Liberty University, School of Health Sciences
  • Maricopa Community College District, College and Skill Centers
  • Midwestern University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Priority Nutrition Care, LLC
  • Purdue University Global
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • SUNY Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • Temple University, College of Public Health
  • University of Arizona, Arizona Health Sciences Center (Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health)
  • United States University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • University of North Dakota, School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health
  • University of Nevada - Reno
  • University of New England, MPH Program
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health
  • University of St. Francis, College of Nursing
  • University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Walden University
  • Western Washington University, Department of Health and Human Development

Is your school not listed?

Have your advisor contact Tatiana Gleason at to discuss establishing a partnership with your school or university to ensure you will receive academic credit for your time spent at Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Important Dates

Applications Close

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Final Interview Deadline

Friday, May 12, 2023

Confirmation to accept position, if offered

Wednesday, May 17, 2023


Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Friday, July 28, 2023

Final day of internship

Friday, July 28, 2023


For questions or additional information, please contact Tatiana Gleason at

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply? What is the deadline?

You can start your application here for the internship you are interested in (see available internships here). All applicants will need to fill out the application, upload their resume and write a personal statement. For Summer 2023, the deadline is April 30, 2022.

If you wish to apply to a specific internship position listed above, please select that position name on the Interests section of the application.

  1. How do I know if I'm eligible?
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  1. Can I apply for multiple internships?
  1. When will I hear back?
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  1. What is the typical time commitment involved in an internship?
  1. Are internship positions paid?
  1. Will this be virtual, in-person, or hybrid?