North Central Health District




Learn by Doing

Thanks for your interest in gaining field experience in public health with North Central Health District!

Prospective student-interns should complete an internship request form. Once you’ve submitted your form, you’ll receive an email verifying that your application was received. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

Nursing students, please visit our nursing opportunities page.

Current Internship Openings

Applications for internships are open for Spring 2020 internships. Please click the internships listed below to find more information on each opportunity. All applications should be submitted before the closing date, September 30, 2019.

Administration Internship


  1. Apply health policy knowledge and experience at a community-based organization or agency. 
  2. Experience and interact with different organizational structures and leadership styles in community work environments. 
  3. Work with a community-based organization or agency in a manner that supports applied learning for the fellow as well as a meaningful contribution to the mission and work of the partner organization. 
  4. Assess, through ground-level experiences, the challenges and opportunities for advancing health equity in community settings. 


  • Student currently enrolled in a CEPH accredited MPH, DrPH, or other healthcare related masters or doctorate program. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Excel, Power Point, Word and Access) and HIPAA privacy rules is desired. 

Child Health Services Internship


North Central Health District participates in four different programs to help children and youth grow up to be as healthy as possible.  Children 1st (C1st), Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Babies Can’t Wait (BCW), and Children’s Medical Services (CMS) work collaboratively to better the outcomes of children and youth residing within North Central Health District’s 13 counties. 


This internship will provide experience primarily working with our Children 1st and Children’s Medical Services programs assisting with the following deliverables:   

  • Review, sort, & purge Children 1st records. 
  • Assist in developing programmatic solutions for increasing the efficiency of child health processes. 
  • Assist in preparation for outreach activities & events. 
  • Assist in the evaluation of processes and services provided at the telemedicine clinics.   
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Student currently enrolled in an accredited college program or recent college graduate with a degree in a healthcare related field.   
  • Applicant must have experience with: 
    • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher) 
    • HIPAA Privacy Rules 

Environmental Health Internship


The Environmental Health program provides primary prevention through a combination of surveillance, education, enforcement, and assessment programs designed to identify, prevent and abate the environmental conditions that adversely impact human health.  We serve the North Central Health District with a staff of 39 Environmental Health Specialists specializing in wastewater management, portable sanitation oversight, individual well water location and testing, rabies prevention in the human population, healthy homes and childhood lead poisoning.  In addition, we permit and inspect food service operations, body art facilities, public swimming pools and water parks, and hotels, motels, and campgrounds.  


The person selected for this internship will work with the EH Deputy Director of Operations to develop a health indicators report that will represent the 13-county District utilizing a template and also information found within our Environmental Health database. 


  • Adept in the use of Microsoft Office:
    • Primarily Excel (to include pivot tables)
    • Power Point
    • Word


  • Student currently enrolled in a CEPH accredited MPH program with a concentration in Epidemiology or Environmental Health. 
  • Knowledge of and HIPAA privacy rules is desired. 

Epidemiology Internship


The Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Programs carry out a number of activities to identify diseases and describe health conditions, assess the health of NCHD residents, and develop recommendations to control diseases and improve the overall health status in the state. 


This internship will provide experience working with our Surveillance Epidemiologist on:  

  • Surveillance activities including data collection, data input, and analysis. 
  • Assist in developing programmatic solutions utilizing available resources. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Student currently enrolled in a CEPH accredited MPH program with a concentration in Epidemiology or Environmental Health. 
  • Have experience with: 
    • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher) 
    • HIPAA Privacy Rules 


Houston County Health Department Health Education Internship


The health education program is responsible for educating the community on various health initiatives through trainings and classes as well as working in the community to increase the use and visibility of the health department. 


This internship will provide experience working with the health educator on: 

  • Ongoing projects including scoliosis screening follow-up and tracking.  
  • Teen Health Centercardiometabolic clinic and many other program initiatives.  
  • Assisting in the development of health education strategic plan. 
  • Assisting in the coordination of community outreach efforts. 
  • Building and growing relationships with community partners. 
  • Assisting with creating and implementing a community education program to familiarize churches and  school associated organizations with a variety of sexual health curriculums available through Houston County Health Department. 


  • Student currently enrolled in an MPH program 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Excel, Power Point, Word and Outlook) 


Macon-Bibb County Health Department Safe Kids Internship


The internship will provide experience working with the Safe Kids Coordinator on: 

  • Implementation and evaluation of various child safety grants 
  • Educating the community on child passenger safety 
  • Promoting Safe Kids Central Georgia coalition as a resource and advocate for child safety and injury prevention 
  • Attending community events and health and safety fairs 
  • Coalition building and stakeholder recruitment 
  • Data Collection and analysis 


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Excel, Power Point, Word and Access) and HIPAA privacy rules is desired. 
  • Interest in child safety and/or injury prevention. 
  • Student currently enrolled in a CEPH accredited public health program.  

Available Areas of Study

North Central Health District offers internships in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Children’s Medical Services
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Finance & Business
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Resources
  • Immunizations
  • Marketing/Public Information
  • Oral Health
  • Quality Improvement/Accreditation
  • WIC
  • Women’s Health
  • Worksite Wellness

Intern Selection

Internship Request Forms will be reviewed and forwarded to appropriate program managers based on your area(s) of interest.

If there are no opportunities in the area(s) you indicated, but your information shows availability or experience in another area, your form may be given to other staff members for review. For example, you indicated an interest in adolescent health, but there were no openings within that program, so your information may also be passed to the Emergency Preparedness office for possible openings.

Remember, not everyone that submits a form can be accepted–our resources are limited, and project availability often varies from semester to semester.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by appropriate personnel for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

Important Things to Consider

Timely Applications

Please remember that we can only accept a certain number of interns every semester. You are highly encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Intern Availability

Some programs prefer interns/students for specific times of day or days per week. You should also take into account any jobs or other activities you are involved in. Generally, most of our positions would be based in buildings that are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm with some differences based on program or location.


The North Central Health District covers 13 counties but not all programs are available in all counties.  Please note that our district office is located in Macon, GA and most of our non-nursing students are placed in that office.


In general, the more open you are to working with various programs, the greater the likelihood we can accommodate your experience.

Staff Availability

Program staff are often involved in multiple programs and projects at any given time. Please remember that they may or may not be able to take on a student at the time you are ready to begin your field experience.

Staff Changes

Note that your acceptance is usually based on a specific staff member agreeing to be your supervisor. If that staff member leaves or changes positions, we will try to find an alternative but there is a possibility that we may have to postpone or retract our agreement to be your field placement location.

Program Duration

Some programs prefer short-term projects (such as undergraduate practicum students), while others prefer undergraduate interns for long-term projects.

Intern Qualifications

Some staff members will only take MPH students.

Supervisor Qualifications

We usually will not place a student with a new employee until that employee has been here for at least 6 months or longer.

Internship Availability

In general, fall and spring semesters offer more internship placements than summer, when we’re less likely to have projects available for interns.

Background Checks

If selected for an internship a background check will be required before the agreed upon start date.

Previous Intern Accomplishments

Internship Projects

Interns at the North Central Health District work every summer to complete extensive research projects in their chosen field of study. Guided by experts, and with the tools provided by the North Central Health District, students create noteworthy work. Available below is a look at some of the finished projects by NCHD’s past and current interns.

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A Retrospective Analysis of Service Delivery by the NCHD Oral Health Program – Isioma Houenou

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line Data Analysis for the NCHD – Briana Weaver

Timeliness of Notifiable Disease Reporting in the North Central Health District – Ifeoluwa Olayemi

Development of a District Environmental Health Report – JaLisa Brown and Abraham Deng

Health Impact Assessment of Playground and Recreational Space on Bibb County Public School Campuses – Erin Comer

Improving the Service Delivery of the Macon-Bibb County Health Department for Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections – JaLisa Brown

Adolescent Pregnancy: A Sex Education Policy Analysis and Recommendation  -JaMelle Hill

Georgia SHAPE Grant Management at Central High School – Maya Robinson

Workforce Immunization Policies for Daycare Employees – Paula Kamara

Quality Assurance Electronic Audit Tool – Sam Matson

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention – Aemon Weaver

Latent TB analysis_2014 – Ashton Robinson

Gastrointestinal Disease Surveillance Report, 2007-2014 – Aemon Weaver

Assessing Influenza Vaccination Provision – Kate Lennington

Breast Cancer Screening. Georgia Department of Public Health- North Central Health District vs. Komen Central Georgia 2011-2012 – Mohammad Helala, MD

Condom Distribution and Health Education Intervention in Black Barbershops – Ayala K. Gray

Operation TRIM (Taking Responsibility by Informing Minds for a Better Tomorrow) – Leslie A. Williams

Rabies Program Activity in Georgia & the North Central Health District – Sharneka D. Johnson

Risk Factors and Foodborne Illnesses in Georgia – Brandon J. Leftwich

Taking Responsibility by Informing Men – Lenardo C. Mitchell

Workforce Development. An Assessment of the North Central Health District Workforce – Mitzi Fears

Field Experience Presentation – Gurleen Roberts

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