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 29, 2020.

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.

Dejusticia (The Center for Law, Justice and Society), Colombia

The Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) is a Colombia-based NGO working on strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights in Colombia and across the Global South. We are a think-do tank that combines rigorous research and effective activism, an innovative approach that makes our work challenging and exciting. Our research is informed by our activism, and our direct advocacy (through campaigns, litigation, education and capacity-building) is based on the evidence we gather and analysis we produce in our research. This overarching methodology of “action-research” guides our work as an organization. Dejusticia is looking for summer interns who have excellent research and writing skills, have a strong sense of initiative, and are willing to be part of a dynamic, young, and brilliant team of academics and activists to work with our Environmental and Economic Justice teams on issues such as: air quality in urban areas; climate change; environmental participation; sugary drinks; and the right to information about the food we consume. Spanish speaking skills are a plus, although we also have projects for interns who only speak English.

Application Instructions (Deadline: March 31, 2019)

To apply, email, as a single PDF document with file label Lastname_Firstname_Summer2019_Dejusticia, a cover letter (addressed to Ms. Joyce Tan at indicating your period of availability, résumé that includes your proficiency in English and Spanish, a writing sample in English or Spanish, and two reference letters.

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Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency

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) or air pollutants and their 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 2019. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Contact: Dr. Rupa Basu 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 the CDC website.   

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 NEHA website

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 NCAI website 

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