Public Health Careers

The Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis connects you to public health-related career opportunity information, and fellowship and internship offerings, for students and professionals.

Visit our Employment Opportunities page for details about open positions at the Institute.

Resources for Careers in Public Health

External Resources

Public Health Career Mart
Public Health Employment Connection
Public Health Partners

Washington University Resources

Washington University Career Center
Career Services at the Brown School
Finding a Postdoctoral Position
Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture Series

Fellowships & Internships

At Washington University

Institute for Public Health Summer Research Programs

The Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis and its Global Health Center offers students the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty mentors focusing on public health and global health. Learn more about summer research programs.

Institute for Public Health Practicum Opportunities

The Institute for Public Health is an affiliated practicum site for Brown School MPH and MSW students. Practicum and internship opportunities are posted here when available.

Gun Violence Practicum: We are seeking practicum students to help develop and evaluate activities that will increase public awareness related to gun suicide. Students will gain significant experience with data management, program development, delivering education, identifying best-practice resources and materials, developing learning materials, evaluation, community engagement, and outreach.

Summer Research Programs at Washington University

List of Summer Research Programs at Washington University from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Masters Research Fellowships at the Brown School

The Brown School at Washington University offers Masters Research Fellowship Opportunities to match up qualified students in this competitive program with faculty for yearlong mentorship opportunities.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cancer Prevention and Control

Washington University and the Siteman Cancer Center are seeking applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cancer Prevention and Control. They are particularly interested in candidates with an interest in health behavior and health disparities research, community-based research, cancer communication, epidemiology or decision sciences.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Accelerated Innovation

The Clinical Research Training Center at the School of Medicine offers this Postdoctoral Fellowship in Accelerated Innovation “to demystify the processes of commercialization of new technology/translational discoveries by learning how to move projects to the next stage of commercialization and how to establish value-creating milestones, costs, and timelines.”

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Department of Pediatrics Fellowship Opportunities
Infectious Diseases Fellowship Opportunities

Beyond Washington University

Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health

ASPPH internships provide students of ASPPH member schools and programs with public health training experiences based at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASPPH Headquarters. The duration of the internships is normally 10 weeks but may vary depending on the program.

ASPPH fellowships provide recent graduates of ASPPH members with public health training experiences based at federal agencies, state/local health departments and on Capitol Hill. The duration of the fellowships ranges from 12-24 months depending on the program.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The internship program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the federal civil service by providing meaningful career development work.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently emerged as the largest hiring department of Presidential Management Fellows in the federal government. The Presidential Management Fellows Program is designed to recruit top tier fellows on an annual basis. Fellows participating in this two-year competitive fellowship program use rotational experiences and training to develop themselves as exceptional leaders in all areas of the federal government.

CDC Public Health Training Fellowships and Internships

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a number of public health fellowships and internship opportunities for students and early career professionals.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation International Clinical Research Fellowship Program

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the International Clinical Research Fellowship program, which provides fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year off from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries.

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Program

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.

Robert E. Shope International Fellowship in Infectious Disease

The Robert E. Shope International Fellowship, offered by and administered by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, provides support for international training opportunities in arbovirology and emerging diseases for those with an MD, DVM, PhD or the equivalent. Fellowship recipients will involve themselves in studies of arbovirology and/or emerging diseases from clinical to field to laboratory studies.

Kaiser Permanente North California Delivery Science Fellowship Program

Kaiser Permanente North California Delivery Science fellows will have the unique opportunity to develop delivery science research methods and writing skills for presentations and publications in a dynamic health care delivery environment, while being mentored by experienced scientists with translational research, health services, health policy and delivery system science expertise. We offer extensive medical record and clinical data, and an opportunity to translate research findings to clinical settings in an applied environment.

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) Fellowships

The Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine is open to full-time medical students in accredited schools of medicine in the United States or Canada. Research or clinical training in tropical medicine or global health with at least one month at site endemic for diseases or illnesses common in the tropics.

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.

Additional fellowships and travel awards available from ASTMH.

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Study

The Olin Fellowship Program encourages women of exceptional promise to prepare for careers in higher education and the professions. Any female graduate or prospective graduate of an undergraduate institution in the US who plans to prepare for a career in higher education is eligible, provided she seeks and is able to meet the admission requirements of the Washington University program in which she intends to enroll.

Helen Keller International

Each year, Helen Keller International offers a limited number of opportunities for interns and volunteers with its offices in Africa and Asia, as well as its New York City headquarters.

Explore Additional Opportunities

The Kaiser Family Foundation offers a searchable database of fellowships and internships.
COS Pivot offers a comprehensive database for opportunities to fund fellowships and internships.
UAB’s Sparkman Center for Global Health offers a database of internships and fellowships available in global health.
Global Health Corps offer a listing of fellowships and internships available to get involved in global health.