Etna Tiburcio (MPH '16), Peter Suwondo (MPH '17, YC '16), Emma Ryan (YC '17), and Caroline Tangoren (YC '18) meeting with community members in Casas Viejas, Ecuador about food insecurity, which may be exacerbated by climate change.

Summer Internship Awards

The Climate Change and Health Initiative is pleased to announce its CCHI Summer Internship Awards, which fund summer internship stipends for Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) MPH students. Eligible internships must be directly related to an aspect of climate change and public health. Internships may be located anywhere in the world, and may focus on applied public health research or public health practice. 

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, morbidity and mortality from heat waves; occupational heat stress; respiratory health effects of wildfires; interactions between climate change and air pollution; relationships between climate change and asthma, vector-borne, foodborne, waterborne, or other environmentally-transmitted diseases; climate change in relation to food insecurity and undernutrition; mental health effects of natural disasters; climate refugee health; social justice issues related to climate change and health; climate change and environmental toxicology (interactions/interplay between climate change and human exposure to a variety of chemical contaminants, such as endocrine disruptors, heavy metals, and pesticides); and health co-benefits of climate change mitigation (e.g., increased physical activity, plant-based diets). Research may involve observational and/or modeling studies.

Students must identify a CCHI affiliated faculty member as a mentor. There are two mentorship scenarios: 1) the internship involves working directly with the CCHI faculty mentor at Yale; or 2) the internship is located outside of Yale, in which case mentoring will be collaborative between the on-site preceptor and the CCHI faculty mentor.  

The application for this award should include 1) a description of the internship (1-2 pages); 2) a letter of support from the CCHI faculty mentor, who should agree to play an active mentorship role; 3) for non-Yale internships, a letter of support from the on-site preceptor; 4) a YSPH transcript; and 5) a curriculum vitae. Please apply through Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships. The deadline is March 30, 2016.

We encourage internships that involve working directly with a CCHI faculty mentor at Yale. We also list internship opportunities outside of Yale. Internship opportunities identified by students, but not listed here, would also be eligible for a CCHI stipend if they do not include their own stipend.

Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Description: The Center for Climate Change in the Public Health Institute works to build capacity in the health care and public health sectors to engage on climate change, with a health and equity lens. The Center seeks a summer intern in our Oakland, CA office to help on two projects:

a. We recently released a Physician's Guide on Climate Change, Health, and Equity (link below). We would like someone to help us adapt this guide to be more specifically relevant to local and state public health departments.

b. The Center hosts the US Climate and Health Alliance, which maintains a resources page and serves as a virtual meeting place for health professionals and health organizations interested in climate change and health. The Alliance is trying to support health professionals to be more engaged in local and state climate policy, with a health and equity lens. We would like someone who can help on this effort, including, for example, researching advocacy opportunities, providing templates for op-eds, sample social media posts, and talking points for legislative letters and visits on specific climate policy issues with potential health and equity implications. More information about the Physician’s Guide can be found here. More information about the US Climate and Health Alliance (internship b.) can be found here.

Contact: Catherine Harrison at

Location: Bethesda, MD, USA  
Description: The NIEHS Office of the Director in Bethesda (NIEHS-ODB) plays a critical role in US scientific activities related to climate change and health. Staff from the Office represent the Department of Health and Human Services as Principal to the US Global Change Research Program (GCRP), co-chair an interagency working group on climate change and human health under the GCRP, convene scientists across the National Institutes of Health on a climate change work group, and support the Surgeon General and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health on climate change related matters. The office also directs the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Center for Environmental Health Sciences, one of whose focus areas is climate change and human health. Interns in the NIEHS-ODB will participate in projects and meetings related to climate change and human health at the international, interagency, and agency level. Interns will gain understanding of both the scientific content and the science policy process related to climate change and health. Projects may include secondary data analyses, simple modeling studies, or evaluation and assessment projects related to online US government informational resources (e.g.,, Interns may also assist with preparation of communication materials and meeting planning.
Contact: Dr. John Balbus at

Location: Oakland, CA, USA  
Description: The Air and Climate Epidemiology Section of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency is looking for a student intern to help with a study on climate change (such as temperature exposure) and its association with mortality and/or morbidity outcomes.  A specific project will be decided upon prior to beginning the internship according to the applicant’s research interests and own ideas. This position involves organizing and manipulating large datasets, performing statistical analyses, summarizing the results, and assisting in developing manuscripts for journal publication and presentations at scientific meetings.  Applicants should have a background in biostatistics, epidemiology, and/or environmental health. Functional knowledge of SAS, R/S-plus, STATA, EndNote and/or ArcGIS would also be highly desirable. This full-time internship is available from May through August 2017.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  
Contact: Dr. Rupa Basu at

Location: Oakland, CA, USA 
Description: PSE Healthy Energy (hereinafter referred to as PSE) is a research and policy institute that brings scientific transparency to energy policy decision-making. We put our mission into practice by integrating scientific understanding across multiple disciplines, including engineering, environmental science, and public health. We generate, translate, and disseminate empirical research, putting it into the places where it is used to promote the adoption of evidence-based energy policies. PSE’s Environmental Health Program Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with staff on a cutting edge research related to the environmental health implications of energy production and use and/or climate change. This position will require research, analysis, writing, and the presentation of scientific findings on a pertinent issue related to PSE’s work (TBDs). Potential topics include the following: public health costs and benefits of renewable energy production (e.g. wind turbines), co-benefits of climate change mitigation efforts, uncertainties surrounding the reuse of hydraulic fracturing wastewater for crop irrigation, health and equity impacts of power plants, or public health outcomes associated with climate change.     
Contact: Dr. Seth B.C. Shonkoff at

Location: Florida Everglades, FL, USA
Description: Four summer research internship positions are available for a continuing project designed to determine the distribution of mosquito species and mosquito-­‐borne viruses occurring in the Florida Everglades, and to evaluate the impacts of climate change and wetlands restoration upon the emergence of arboviral disease in wildlife and humans. Candidates should have previous field experience and basic knowledge of entomology and/or field ecology. Fieldwork involves setting up and maintaining light-­‐traps in representative dominant ecosystems within Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and other natural areas. Laboratory work includes sorting and identifying mosquito species, and preserving material for arbovirus assays. Training in mosquito identification will be provided. This is a cooperative project with the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases at University of Texas Medical Branch, and the Office of Public Health, National Park Service. Interns will be provided with housing, laboratory space and field transportation for three months (June-­‐August). Application consists of CV, statement of interest and career objectives, and contact information for 2 references. Apply by Feb 15, 2017.
Contact: Dr. Durland Fish at

Location:  New Haven, CT, USA
Description:  The Pitzer Lab in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases uses statistical and mathematical modeling to examine the dynamics of infectious disease transmission in populations. Climate-related projects involve elucidating drivers of the seasonality and spatiotemporal patterning of environmentally transmitted pathogens, including: (1) the seasonal determinants of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) transmission; (2) examining the links between climate, water source, and historical patterns of typhoid fever mortality in the United States; and (3) the impact of variable rainfall on the transmission dynamics of water-borne pathogens (cholera, typhoid fever, rotavirus) in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  Familiarity with a flexible computer programming language (e.g. R or MATLAB) is strongly preferred.
Contact:  Dr. Ginny Pitzer at

Center for Disease Control - Summer Graduate Environmental Health Internship

Deadline: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Description: The Graduate Environmental Health program is a paid ten week summer internship available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. During the program interns will be assigned to projects that utilize the skills they’ve acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences. Interns will also be able to take advantage of lecture series and other opportunities offered at the CDC.
Compensation: Interns will receive a monthly stipend at a rate of ~$780/week while participating in this program.
Notes: Further information at

National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)

Location: USA
Description: The purpose of NEPHIP is to encourage environmental health students to consider careers at state, tribal, or local environmental public health departments following graduation. Through this internship program, students will be exposed to the exciting career opportunities, benefits, and challenges of working with environmental public health agencies throughout the U.S. The National Environmental Health Association, in collaboration with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, administers NEPHIP with funding from CDC Environmental Health Services Branch. Students are selected from environmental health academic programs around the country.
Compensation: Selected students will receive a stipend of up to $4000 ($400 per week) to cover expenses.
Notes: Further information at

Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service - Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)

Location: USA
Description: Students participating in JRCOSTEP work in the various operating divisions that make up the agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (e.g., Food and Drug Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health) as well as several other Federal agencies (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Park Service). Compensation: JRCOSTEP participants receive basic pay and benefits. 
Notes: Further information at

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) - Native Graduate Health Fellowship

Location: USA
Description: The NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship aims to address the stark disparities in Native health by building a pipeline of Native health professionals who are prepared to lead in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that meet the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Compensation: The Fellowship will include 1) a financial award of $5,000; and 2) professional development in tribal health policy.
Notes: Further information at