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Interested in an internship at IDPH?

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) internship program offers undergraduate and graduate college students an opportunity to gain work experience in state government.

Here is what you do:

  1. Review current opportunities below. 
  2. If there are no current opportunities listed at this time, you may still complete an Internship Application. If any opportunities become available, your application will then be reviewed by the department.

Please note that all internship opportunities found on this page are considered "unpaid." Paid internships, in addition to internships with other state agencies may be found on the Department of Administrative Services website at https://das.iowa.gov/ and also on the Iowa State Hygienic Lab's website at http://www.shl.uiowa.edu/.

For more information, contact

Kayleigh Jones, Education Coordinator
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 242-5096 

You may also submit a question online using our Contact Us system.

Current Opportunities

The following list shows all of the unpaid internship opportunities that are currently available at IDPH. 

Title Description  
State Programs for Adolescent Health Scan

The goal of this project is to identify and provide a summary of all state-funded programs that address adolescent development and health or otherwise provide services to Iowa adolescents. This research will culminate in a report that summarizes each program and maps service provision to counties/communities across the state.

This internship may include telework only or a combination of IDPH offices and telework. Weekly virtual and/or in-person meetings with supervisor will be required. This internship is set to begin in January 2022.

Please send a cover letter and resume to kayleigh.jones@idph.iowa.gov after submitting an application.

Youth Health-Related Surveys Scan

The goal of this project is to identify, describe and compare every youth health-related survey utilized in the United States in national and state systems and in Iowa specifically. This will involve extensive internet research, interviews with state agency staff and others, providing an abstract of each survey, gathering questionnaires and data reports of prioritized surveys, and then cross-walking their content. Mapping of the prioritized surveys may also be included. The final product will be a written report and portfolio.

This internship may include telework only or a combination of telework and IDPH offices. Weekly virtual and/or in-person meetings with supervisor will be required. This internship is set to begin in January 2022.

Please send a cover letter and resume to kayleigh.jones@idph.iowa.gov after submitting an application.