U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Internships

Job Description

Past projects at the Office of Children’s Health Protection have included:

  • Creating a fact sheet about children's environmental health and school siting guidelines to be presented and distributed to school districts nationwide
  • Assisting the development of a Children's Health webinar to be showcased by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Revising a brochure for EPA's Region 8 (mountains and plains states) about children's health in schools
  • Preparing materials and presentation structure for upcoming Children's Health Month
  • Working with staff from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a slide deck presentation on the Healthy Homes Initiative to be used by Healthy Homes project leads at the EPA, HUD, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Agriculture, etc.
  • Representing OCHP staff at interagency meetings with the EPA, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, and Migrant Head Start

Past projects at the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water have included:

  • Developing a list of Source Water Collaboratives nation-wide and conducting research on each collaborative's origins, structure, and current projects/initiatives.
  • Preliminary research on watersheds in the United States, with final results of research organized in Excel and presented to the office

Read more about student experiences with the EPA here.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Applicants for OGWDW do need some background in the sciences.
  • Applicants must have strong writing skills, intellect, the ability to work well with others, and must be a self-starter.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of public health and an interest in the field as well as applicants who have demonstrated this interest through involvement with the Earlham Public Health Club.
  • Applicant must be a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year student. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Applicant must be available for a consecutive two months during the summer.
  • International students are eligible.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to use resources available through the Center for Integrated Learning as they put their applications together and for assistance writing a cover letter and resume.

Learning Goals, Educational Benefits, and Professional Development

The student will learn about key national and international health issues and gain real-world experience doing meaningful work. Internship work consists of projects that will be utilized by the agency and includes minimal administrative work.

Upon completion of the internship, the student will possess a more solid, concrete knowledge of how government policies and regulations are handled and executed and a broader understanding of what it is like to engage environmental and public health issues on a national level. The student will develop an understanding of the interplay between policies, laws and bureaucracy and checks and balances in developing rules.  By experiencing the review process that accompanies all government publications and policies, the student will learn how individual work contributes to the big picture and the importance of high quality work at every step. Working collaboratively will refine the student’s ability to use language effectively and efficiently. Students will also learn the importance of being prepared in the workplace through participation in focused meetings.

Pay Rate

A stipend will be provided.

Positions Available

Three positions are being offered this year.

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