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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Internship opportunities are available to currently enrolled students at a college/university or professional training program.  Internship applications for these opportunities may only be submitted by Pennsylvania residents or by a student attending a Pennsylvania college/university.  Internships are only available in Harrisburg, unless otherwise specified.   
INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
As an intern at the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH), you will have the opportunity to:
  • use your academic training to tackle real world public health issues;
  • network with Pennsylvania Department of Health staff;
  • attend PADOH’s monthly Public Health Grand Rounds; and
  • attend PADOH’s public board meetings, such as the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions (ABC-MAP) Board Meetings
Types of Internships
The PADOH offers internships for a wide variety of academic backgrounds.  Internships offered by the PADOH are grouped into six areas.  Please see the six internship profiles below to better understand the types of internship opportunities available.  On your application you will need to select the type of internship for which you are applying.  You may select more than one on your application.
1.      Public Health – Quantitative Emphasis
2.      Public Health – Qualitative Emphasis
3.      Health Policy, Legislation and Administration
4.      Health Care and Quality Assurance
5.      Technology
6.      Press and Digital Communications
Within the first week of starting an internship, the supervisor and the intern will establish the student’s project and goals for the internship.  The intern’s work will align with the internship profile and the student’s knowledge and skills.
Application Process
Please apply for internship opportunities through the PADOH Internship Application and the Academic Verification Statement.  For ease of use, please use Word 2013 to complete the PADOH Internship Application.  On the PADOH Internship Application under the section “Profile,” please select the type of internship for which you are applying.  You may select more than one profile type on your application.
 
In order for an application to be complete you will need to provide the following documents:
1.     PADOH Internship Application;
2.     Resume/CV;
3.     Copy of unofficial transcript;
4.     Statement of interest; and
5.     Academic Verification Statement
 
Only complete applications will be reviewed.  You may submit your application via mail or email. 
 
Email Address:        RA-DHINTERNSHIP@pa.gov
Mailing Address:      Pennsylvania Department of Health
Human Resources
Re:  Internship Application
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA  17120
 
Complete applications received by the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be reviewed by supervisors who wish to host an intern.  Applicants may be asked to be interviewed, either by phone or in person.  Applicants who are chosen for an internship will be notified by the supervisor via phone or email.  Internships currently available at the Pennsylvania Department of Health are listed below.  Each intern position has an “application closing date.”  Applications received by this date will be considered for that internship.
 
Submitted applications will be kept on file as long as your application indicates you are eligible for an internship.  Only currently enrolled students at the time of the internship are eligible.  Therefore, we will use your anticipated graduation date to determine your continued eligibility.  For example, if you anticipate graduating in May 2017, you are only eligible for internships prior to May 2017.
 
AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS
Please check back, as this section is updated as opportunities arise. 
 
​Profile Deputate/Bureau/Division ​Paid/Non-Paid ​Hours/Week ​Location ​Application Closing Date ​Dates of Internship
​1 ​Health Promotion and Disease Prevention/Bureau of Women, Infants and Children/Division of Quality Assurance & Program Integrity ​Non-Paid ​25-35 hours ​Harrisburg, PA ​Aug. 1, 2017 Sept. 2017 to Dec. 2017
​1 ​Physician General/Bureaus of Laboratories/Epidemiology ​Paid 10-20 hours ​Lionville, PA June 1, 2017 June 2017 to Dec. 2017
1 ​Physician General/Bureau of Epidemiology/Adult Lead/ABLES ​Paid​ ​20-30 hours Harrisburg, PA ​June 15, 2017 ​June 2017 to Aug. 2017
Profile 1:  Public Health – Quantitative Emphasis
DUTIES MIGHT INCLUDE...
An intern could expect to participate in surveillance activities, collect data and analyze data.  He or she would be expected to use his/her knowledge of epidemiology and statistics to interpret data and make recommendations to address public health issues.  Additionally, the student should be able to interpret findings from epidemiological studies, including recognition of data limitations, bias and confounding.  These activities would be used to produce a deliverable, usually a written report.  Interns who wish to pursue a career as a state epidemiologist, a public health physician or a laboratory director may be interested in this emphasis.   
DESIRED SKILLSET:
  • use of data analysis software (STATA, SAS, SUDANN, SPSS, R)
  • descriptive and inferential statistical analysis
  • data interpretation
  • ability to present data graphically
  • literature reviews
  • knowledge of epidemiological methods
  • knowledge of study design
  • communication skills – oral and written
Suggested Majors:
  • biology
  • biostatistics/statistics
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • environmental science
  • epidemiology
  • health informatics
  • mathematics
  • public health
profile 2:  Public Health – Qualitative Emphasis
DUTIES MIGHT INCLUDE...
An intern in this position could expect to engage with stakeholders, facilitate focus groups, evaluate programs, perform community health assessments, write grants, develop questionnaires/surveys and create logic models.  These activities would be used to produce a deliverable, usually a written report.  Examples include a report analyzing the results of the focus groups, a program evaluation or questionnaire/survey.  An intern may also be asked to work on public health education initiatives and produce materials such as brochures, posters or web content.  Interns who are interested in pursuing a career as a community health educator, a public health program manager or a grant writer may be interested in this emphasis. 
DESIRED SKILLSET:
  • effective interpersonal skills
  • communication skills – oral and written
  • organizational skills
  • computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • data collection
  • focus group experiences
  • interviewing (phone and in person)
  • questionnaire/survey development
  • data interpretation
  • descriptive statistical analysis
  • program evaluation
  • logic model
  • grant writing 
suggested majors:
  • behehaviroral and community health
  • business
  • communications
  • emergency management/EMS
  • english
  • health administration
  • health education
  • marketing
  • nusing
  • nutrition/dietetics
  • psychology
  • public health
  • social work
  • sociology
  •  
profile 3:  health policy, legislation and administration
DUTIES MIGHT INCLUDE...
An intern in this position could expect to perform reviews of previous regulations/policies, evaluate those regulations/policies and research possible updates.  He/she could expect to track legislation that impacts the Department of Health as it moves through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate.  Interns may be asked to research health issues related to newly passed legislation and assist in the implementation of parts of that legislation.  They may provide administrative coordination for projects related to department operations.  Interns who are interested in pursuing a career as a lawyer, a policy director or hospital administrator may be interested in this emphasis. 
DESIRED SKILLSET:
  • effective interpersonal skills
  • communication skills – oral and written
  • analytical skills
  • research skills
  • problem solving
  • knowledge of health policy issues
  • policy analysis
  • legislative analysis
  • computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • organizational skills
Suggested Majors:
  • business administration
  • health administration
  • health management
  • policy
  • political science
  • pre-law
  • public administration
  • public health
Profile 4:  Health care and Quality Assurance
DUTIES MIGHT INCLUDE...
An intern in the position could expect to perform literature reviews related to health care facility safety and regulations, analyze data regarding regulatory compliance and CMS standards, and make recommendations to the department based on these findings.  An intern in this position could expect to coordinate projects designed to move the quality of healthcare in the state forward, such as a report of the health care workforce needs of the commonwealth.  Interns who are interested in pursuing a career as a hospital physician, a hospital administrator or a community health nurse may be interested in this emphasis. 
DESIRED SKILLSET:
  • analytical skills
  • communication skills – oral and written
  • critical thinking
  • literature review
  • knowledge of  health care system or clinical background that provides direct patient care experience
  • computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • organizational skills
Suggested Majors:
  • business:  economics, administration, management
  • counseling
  • english
  • health management
  • health administration
  • nursing
  • nutrition/dietetics
  • pre-med studies
  • psychology
  • public administration
  • social work
Profile 5:  Technology
Duties might include...
An intern in the position could expect to perform duties associated with the customer support and operations, including work with databases, Help Desk, servers, networks, telecom, desktop and security.  An intern would be expected to attend meetings and provide input on project ideas.  This intern may develop software packages for deployment, as well as develop software collection queries.  This intern may create PC hardware images and documentation/process for image development.  An intern would use his/her skills to help maintain system security and telecommunication networks.  He or she may review websites to ensure optimal performance.  Interns who are interested in pursuing a career as a network administrator, information technology manager, applications developer or a database analyst may be interested in this emphasis.
Desired Skillset:
  • analytical skills
  • coding:  HTML, JavaScript, PowerShell, Microsoft .Net, Visual Basic .Net, C#
  • communication skills – oral and written
  • computer skills:  Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Cisco, LINUX, UNIX, VMWare
  • database:  Oracle, SQL Server, SQL Server Integration Services(SSIS), SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • critical thinking
  • customer service
  • organizational skills
  • process analysis
  • project management
  • system administration
Suggested Majors:
  • computer science
  • information science
  • network administration
  • software engineering
  • systems engineering
  • telecommunications
Profile 6:  Press and Digital Communications
Duties might include...
An intern in the position could expect to assist in the writing of press releases, media advisories, briefing documents, social media content and talking points.  An intern may also help to coordinate press events and communications for reporters.  This intern may help develop web content, marketing materials for department initiatives and graphics for published materials.  Interns who are interested in pursuing a career in media relations as a public relations officer, communications director, marketing director or digital director would be appropriate.
Desired Skillset:
  • communication skills – oral, written and presentations
  • interpersonal skills
  • analytical skills
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving skills
  • marketing
  • knowledge/interest in public health
  • specific to press:
    • research and fact-finding skills
    • knowledge of current affairs
    • computer skills:  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
    • proofing/editing written documents
  • specific to digital:
    • social media
    • website design
    • graphic design
    • computer skills:  InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, SharePoint, WordPress, HTML, CSS, Java Script, Microsoft Office
    • copywriting
Suggested Majors:
  • communications
  • public relations
  • graphic design
  • marketing
  • business
  • english 
 
other commonwealth internship and fellowship opportunities
commonwealth public service intern
I am pleased to inform you of a new internship opportunity with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  This program, entitled “Commonwealth Public Service Intern,” is a paid ($14.63/hour), six month internship, which provides a flexible pathway for college students to advance from this internship program to commonwealth employment in a variety of occupationsFollowing successful completion of this program, students may be promoted to a full-time, permanent position with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!
 
To qualify, students must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited bachelor’s degree program and have satisfactory completion of 65 credits, including 12 credits (or a minimum of four courses) in their major field of study.  They also need authorization from their school to participate in this program.   
 
Most positions will be in the Harrisburg area (Dauphin County); however, there will be select opportunities available throughout the state. 
 
Additional information regarding Commonwealth Public Service Intern, including a general description of the type of work and how to apply, can be found on the Civil Service website at www.scsc.pa.gov by clicking on Job Seekers, Open Test Announcements, and then selecting the Administration, Accounting, and Fiscal Control category.  Commonwealth Public Service Intern is featured under that category.  
 
Students may apply online through the Online Services section of the Civil Service website. 
 
Questions regarding this program can be directed to ra-csinternquestions@pa.gov or 717-214-4649.
 
 
william penn fellowship
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is seeking candidates for the prestigious William Penn Fellowship.  This highly competitive two-year program is open to individuals with a master’s degree and a passion for public service.  One of the 10 fellows accepted will work with the PADOH on emerging public health issues.  If you are passionate about public health and public service, we encourage you to apply.