MHHD Health Equity Internship Program

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 Applications now being accepted for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021.  Click here

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD or Office) within the Maryland Department of Health welcomes interns, volunteers, fellows, those seeking job shadowing experience, and other interested parties to participate in MHHD’s Health Equity Internship Program. 

MHHD internship opportunities support MHHD’s goal of building the capacity of the public health workforce to effectively advance health equity.  MHHD is committed to providing interns with a meaningful learning experience within our Office, as well as with our partners. 

Internships are typically for three-month periods, for a minimum of 10 hours per week.  Interns typically work on one to two main projects and assist on smaller project as they come up.  Recent intern projects have included:  grant management for the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) project, planning for the Health Equity Conference, planning for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, assisting with a grant writing training series, and updating the Office’s data chart book

See below for application due dates, start dates, and mandatory intern meetings.  Weekly schedules and internship end dates can be discussed during the interview process​.
 

Summer 2021 Internship Dates

Application due date - April 30, 2021
Start date – June 3, 2021 (Orientation 10:30 am to 12:30 pm)

Required meetings

  • Each Thursday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Biweekly Thursdays 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (June 3, June 17, etc.)


Fall 2021 Internship Dates

Application due date - July 30, 2021
Start date – September 2, 2021 (Orientation 10:30 am to 12:30 pm)

Required meetings​    

  • Each Thursday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Biweekly Thursdays 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (September 9, September 23, etc.)


Application Process  

Prospective interns will complete an online application which includes a statement of intent that summarizes the internship request. Applicants are also required to submit a resume.  If the applicant is requesting a university-affiliated internship (for course credit), the official placement guidance, as provided by the academic institution, should be submitted.  Prospective interns will be contacted for an interview with the MHHD Health Equity Team and asked to discuss his/her background, areas of interest, and other related information to the placement.  Understanding that this is a competitive process and placement space is limited, MHHD will work with prospective interns to provide suggestions and guidance on alternate placement locations.  

Additional Information

The Health Equity Internship has typically been an onsite internship.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 2021, MHHD staff and interns are primarily teleworking.  As of this time, no decision has been made yet about whether MHHD will be working onsite or teleworking during the summer or fall.  Applicants should be prepared to work onsite for the duration of their internship.  More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Even if the office is primarily teleworking, new interns will be required to come to the office 2-3 times at the beginning of the internship to register for a State ID and computer access. 

Please note that this is an unpaid internship.  MHHD is unable to provide a stipend, housing, or transportation.  The office is, however, close to a Baltimore Metro stop and multiple bus lines. 

MHHD is located at the Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD  21201