Internship General Information

Internship Eligibility

Applicants MUST be enrolled in school.  
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 toward a bachelor's, graduate or postgraduate degree, and all majors are welcome.


Opportunities for internships are available year-round. Internships can be developed for a 3-4 month period, an academic quarter, an academic semester or a full year. To assure that the intern maximizes his/her experience, we prefer to have students commit a minimum of 20 hours a week to the internship, and for those students visiting for a semester, full-time, if possible.


APHA internships are unpaid.

Application Process

Upon receipt, applications will be screened to determine which applicant best meets the needs of the application’s desired area of interest. APHA staff will then interview selected applicants for internship positions. Visit the online Internship Center if you are interested in applying for an internship. All candidates must submit their application online for consideration.

Application Deadlines

While internships are available year-round, students may also intern for a specific academic period or for the summer. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


  1. Academic credit (if appropriate)
  2. One year free APHA membership, including: The Nation’s Health and American Journal of Public Health (only applies to students who are enrolled in a college or university during the internship period)
  3. Capitol Hill visits (if appropriate), briefings or hearings
  4. Learning and development opportunities such as attendance at meetings and conferences sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, federal agencies or other leaders in the field of public health

Attendance at National Press Club briefings (Communications interns)

APHA Office Procedures

APHA Internship/Fellowship Orientation

One of the basic objectives of APHA's orientation is to make new interns/fellows feel welcome and at ease in their new work environment. We will provide information on a number of important topics, such as job duties and responsibilities, the organization's history, work rules, benefit offerings and nondiscrimination policies.

APHA Hours of Operation

General workdays are between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

APHA Holidays

The Association observes the following holidays each year.

New Year’s Day   Columbus Day/Veterans Day*
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
 Thanksgiving Day and Day After
Presidents Day
 Christmas Day
Memorial Day 
 Election Day 
Independence Day
 Inauguration Day (President)
(Presidential election years)
Labor Day  

*These holidays will vary according to the Annual Meeting schedule.

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed. When the holiday is on a Saturday, the office is closed on the preceding Friday. APHA observes the federal three-day holiday weekend schedules where they apply.

APHA Inclement Weather Guidelines

The policy of APHA concerning absence due to hazardous weather conditions is the same as that of the federal government. Off-duty notification advising federal employees not to report to work is passed through commercial media such as radio, television and newspapers. APHA complies with the instructions as given to federal employees.