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.

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. More information on the specifics of the internship is forthcoming.
Contact: Catherine Harrison at


Location: Oakland, CA, USA   
Deadline: Interview process usually begins in January, decisions in late March.
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 2018.  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 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 (TBD). 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: 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 (including hurricane Maria) 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 March 15, 2018. 
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

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Center for Disease Control - Summer Graduate Environmental Health Internship

Deadline: Applications will open after November 20th
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA 
Description: The Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH) 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 NCEH/ATSDR. 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 ~$750/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 local, state, or tribal environmental public health departments following graduation. Through this ten week 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.
Compensation: 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)

Deadline: November 10, 2017
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

Deadline: April 14, 2018
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

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