Five College Consortium

Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science


The Culture, Health, and Science program takes community engagement as a key component of its curriculum. In addition to its class requirements and culminating summary statement, students are expected to conduct an internship or extended project related to a health issue. Internships are an opportunity to put theory to practice, and see how the two speak to one another. A great place to begin your internship search is your campus career center, where you can find online resources, books and counselors to guide you. 

Recurring Internships

The following is a list of public health and advocacy organizations offering a wide variety of internship opportunities. Follow the links for information regarding available positions.

Search for Policy Fellowships
This database summarizes and links to fellowships and internships in health policy and related fields. The database includes fellowships located across the United States that are available to undergraduates, graduate students and professionals.

Advocates for Youth 
Advocates for Youth is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) 
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association works to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for unpaid APHA internships. The internships at APHA are extremely beneficial to those seeking to acquire practical work experience. Candidates should be working towards a bachelor, graduate or postgraduate degree, and all majors are welcome.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
A new site showcasing student internships, fellowships and other training opportunities at the CDC.

Child Family Health International is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, CA that builds and strengthens sustainable healthcare services for underserved communities worldwide. CFHI also runs programs in global health education and community health development in underserved communities around the world.

Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health in developing countries through innovations in education and service. GHETS believes that well-trained and supported doctors, nurses and allied health workers are key to sustainable change. GHETS provides start-up grants to local training institutions in low-income countries, and the technical help to launch and improve programs that prepare and support healthcare workers in rural and poor communities.

Jack Rutledge Universal Healthcare Internship 

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) seeks enthusiastic students (pre-meds or medical students) to assist, support and develop the many projects undertaken by the Jack Rutledge Legislative Director. Opportunities include: building our national network of healthcare activists, drafting and revising our educational materials, organizing international healthcare study tours, planning leadership trainings on health care for all, framing the healthcare debate of this year’s elections and protecting Medicaid and health care for children (CHIP).

Massachusetts Public Health Association
The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is a statewide membership organization of people working to protect the health and safety of all our Commonwealth’s residents through advocacy and organizing for public policy and neighborhood-based changed. MPHA is a leader in the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), a broad coalition in working to pass laws and policies that prevent harm to our health from toxic chemicals. MPHA’s Western Massachusetts (Springfield) office seeks interns and volunteers to help inform and mobilize AHT supporting organizations in an effort to pass the Safer Alternatives Bill. Interns/volunteers will help call supporting organizations to update them on the bill’s progress and ask them to take action to support the legislation this fall. If we are successful, you will be part of passing historic public health legislation! Training and support will be provided. To volunteer, call Aj Juarez at (413) 750-2060 or e-mail him at

Research Experiences for Undergraduates 
PAID internship opportunities through the National Science Foundation. Topics include: Astronomical Sciences; ATM; Atmospheric Sciences; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Cyberinfrastructure; Department of Defense (DoD); Earth Sciences; Education and Human Resources; Engineering; Ethics and Values Studies; International Science and Engineering; Materials Research; Mathematical Sciences; Ocean Sciences; Physics; Polar Programs; Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

Pan American Health Organization 
The Pan American Health Organization is part of the World Health Organization and works in Latin & South America & the Caribbean. Go to the internship page for specific directions regarding application procedures.

Sexuality Information Education Council of the US (SIECUS)
SIECUS—the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States—has served as the national voice for sexuality education, sexual health and sexual rights for over 40 years. Internships are available in both their New York, NY, and Washington, D.C., offices.

Tapestry Health, Florence, MA
For more than 30 years, Tapestry Health has played a key role in delivering reproductive health care and HIV counseling and testing to all those who live in western Massachusetts.

Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars 
The Washington Center helps students gain firsthand experience working in the government, NGOs and advocacy organizations. Any major can apply, and the Center can find an internship that is related to your concentration.

UMass has a Washington Center liaison at Career Services in Goodell named Jeff Silver. Any students that are interested can talk to him about the application process.

Wasthington Internship Program
This program, offering a combination of work and study, places college students and graduates in top-level internships in our nation's capital. Students are guaranteed placement, and can start and end on any dates they choose. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and a job-bank of additional part-time paid employment is also provided. For more information, call (202) 829-5364 or e-mail the Washington Internship Program.