Student Internship Opportunities

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Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) provides internship opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in public health or for those pursuing a capstone or practicum project). To be eligible for an internship position you must be enrolled in a college program. Features of our internship program include:

  • Remote and in-person options
  • Flexible start and end dates
  • Program staff will work with interns to develop a scope of work within your program requirements
  • Get paid! Paid internship opportunities start at $18.29/hour


Start your internship journey: follow our steps to success, find your area of interest and send an internship interest form.

Success Stories

Here are some success stories from recent interns and current staff from several of our divisions:

A DDPHE intern at a community event talking with two young girls, "Throughout my internship in the Air and Water Quality Division at DDPHE, I have had the opportunity to support all recreational water quality sampling, vector control, and participate in educational outreach events! This internship has allowed me to grow as an aspiring scientist and connect with the Denver community. I plan to continue my career in environmental quality sampling post-graduation. My biggest takeaway from my internship has been getting to work alongside with so many skilled professionals and learn invaluable skills that I will carry with me throughout my career."

Environmental Quality Intern

Two groups of people sitting at a table smiling at the camera, "As part of a project to complete my master’s in public health, I was fortunate to have an internship at the Denver Department of Health and Environment. People experiencing houselessness is a significant problem in the Denver metropolitan area. Access to medical care and mental health services are limited with most individuals relying on one large free health clinic, local emergency rooms and shelters to provide their medical needs. Through my research, key health issues were identified including gaps in services and areas where shelters could collaborate and share services. DDPHE made me feel welcomed, valued and part of the team. From survey creation and trauma responsive interviewing skills to the evaluation and analysis of data, my experiences were invaluable. My work will have a positive impact on persons experiencing houselessness in my city going forward." 

- Public Health Investigations Intern

A Community Health Worker holding a COVID test and smiling,

"I have been assigned to do community outreach at events like concerts, church events, community resource events and school events. Interactions with community members have ranged from quick 3- to 5-minute-long elevator talks to full naloxone use trainings. I have also been tasked to update our naloxone mail-based program. Lastly, I am also working on a project to streamline distribution of Narcan kits, fentanyl test strips, and more. It has been a great experience as I have also had the opportunity to shadow other departments within DDPHE!"

- Community & Behavioral Health Intern

A water quality intern standing in water smiling at the camera, "When I was an intern with Environmental Quality at DDPHE, I was really able to put what I was learning in school to practical use. Similarly, the exposure I was getting on the job at DDPHE as an intern helped me connect real world experience to what I was learning in the classroom. I am very grateful for the development I had while my time as an intern and for the opportunity to continue my work in water quality full time at the department."

- Environmental Quality Intern

Office of the Medical Examiner holding an award smiling at the camera,

Kudos to Meghan Clark with the Family Advocacy and Support Team (FAST). She received an award from Regis University, Criminology Department for showing students options for non-traditional career paths, to include advocacy & death investigations. This resulted in internships for students in the criminology program.

Office of the Medical Examiner



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