Internship Opportunities

The Department of Health provides year-round internship opportunities to help students develop the skills required for public health careers. Examples of intern projects include:

  • Assisting in the State Laboratory with routine specimen processing and clinical lab tasks;
  • Collecting daily water samples from Rhode Island beaches and submitting the samples to the State Lab for analysis;
  • Performing writing and editing tasks for communications special projects that support a variety of public health programs;
  • Developing a library of social media messages for the Department and monitoring, tracking & evaluating earned media
  • Assisting the Health Policy Analyst  in reviewing applications from health plans and utilization review agencies for compliance with RI regulations;
  • Providing administrative support for the Lyme Disease surveillance system;
  • Providing assistance in the review, work flow analysis and documentation of amending/correcting a birth, death, marriage or fetal death certificates; and
  • Conducting evaluations related to internal and external collaboration and health promotion and disease prevention.

We encourage potential interns to learn more about how we are organized and what we do to protect and promote public health in Rhode Island.

Internships for Career Experience and Academic Credit

The Rhode Island State Government Internship Program coordinates eight week intern placements at a variety of state agencies, including the Department of Health.  This program offers a $20 daily stipend to assist with transportation costs.  Depending on your course of study, you may also qualify for academic credit through the State Internship Program.   More information contact the Rhode Island State Internship Program. If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to by mail to State Intern Program, State House, Room 8AA, Providence, RI 02903, 401-222-6782. 

Paid Internships

The Department of Health hosts a limited number of paid summer internships. The RI Department of Labor and Training coordinates the application process and hiring for this program and requires all applications to be submitted through the state government jobs website. The Department of Health positions will be posted on the beginning mid-April 2014.   If you are interested in applying for one of these slots, please submit your resume for a paid position at that time and fill out an application for employment (CS-14).