Health Policy & Planning Internships
The Health Policy & Planning (HPP) Internship Program is designed to provide work opportunities and practical learning experiences in public health, policy, planning, and research, with an emphasis in health equity and place-based primary prevention.
HPP Framework: Primary Prevention & Health Equity
There is a growing recognition that where we live, work, play and go to school shape our health. HPP focuses on building healthy, equitable communities that prevent people from getting sick in the first place. HPP works to ensure all people have the opportunity for health and well-being and seeks to build health equity by addressing the root causes of poor health, such as the social, economic, and physical conditions around us. To achieve this goal, HPP employs expertise in policy, planning, research, equity, communications, and advocacy. HPP has a particular focus on supporting populations with higher rates of preventable health issues and in places with the fewest opportunities for health.
Focus of Internship Projects
San Mateo County Health is seeking graduate-level (master’s degree) student interns to join the HPP team, a program within the Public Health, Policy and Planning Division.
Important Internship Program Dates
- Recruitment: TBD (check back January 2022)
- Current students in a master’s degree program or graduates of a master’s degree program are eligible to apply.
- You may not be a current San Mateo County employee.
- Successful applicants will possess a deep passion for
addressing health inequities and experience working to change
them. Relevant experience may include:
- Personal or family experience dealing with inequitable economic, social, health and educational systems and environments. For instance: being the first in your family to attend higher education, growing up in a low-income neighborhood, experiencing housing/financial instability, or facing racial/ethnic or other types of discrimination.
- Professional experience in a program that promotes equity (this can be through a multitude of intervention types and a variety of locations or organizations
Internship Term & Pay
This HPP Internship program runs year round. The Summer Internship cycle June through August and the intern must commit to working between 32-40 hours per week. Reasonable timeframe adjustments can be negotiated. Current graduate students pay starts at $24.00 per hour depending on experience.
How to Apply
Complete and submit an application packet with the following required attachments:
- Cover Letter: Please describe your interest in and qualifications for this internship in the cover letter including the position you are applying for.
- Completed application and supplemental questionnaire
Application Packets: Unavailable
Only completed applications will be reviewed; please contact us if you do not receive a confirmation we received your application within 2-3 business days. If selected, you will be invited for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred, but telephone interviews can be arranged if needed.