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There's so much you can do in public health. We are here to help all of our students uncover those possibilities and see the bigger picture. We believe that preparing our future health champions to be career-ready is part of our commitment to student success and supplying our graduates with the right tools, experiences, partnerships, and relationships to make an impact. As a result, developing our workforce is vital.

More specifically, MPH students, as part of their degree program, are required to complete a practicum, where they will apply what they have learned in the classroom and engage in practice activities aligned with their career goals and interest areas in the field.

The practicum is designed to further develop our students into public health champions and get them ready for a valued career in public health service. The practicum field experience is tailored to our student's needs and professional interest. The students take a primary role in researching potential sites and identifying potential mentors.

Would you like to serve as a practicum site for our students? Have ideas on how we can increase opportunities for our students to learn? Contact us!

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State Manufactured Food Student Internship Program (AFDO)

Partnership with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)

The “State Manufactured Food Student Internship Program” supports state food safety programs in their implementation of a summer college student internship. Please note that only state programs with a manufactured food regulatory component are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

The goal of this project is to facilitate the development of college interns/student workers while cultivating their interest in food safety regulatory career opportunities. Interns under this project will work within an agency’s regulatory manufactured food safety program and supplemental food program components.

The current funding announcement is available for download below. Please review the instructions and guidance carefully; to be considered for funding, applications must follow the information found within the announcement.


Food Safety Intern at Ohio Dept. of Agriculture

Ohio Dept. of Agriculture seeks a Food Safety Intern to complete a summer 2023 internship in regulating manufactured foods.

The intern will receive an abbreviated version of the Division’s food safety training as if they were a new hire. During this time, they will focus on the regulatory roles and responsibilities of the department. The intern will work ~75% of the time in the Division of Food Safety but will also spend time with the Dairy Division, Meat Inspection Division, and the Consumer Protection Lab. The intern will shadow inspectors while they conduct inspections of manufactured food facilities, and they will shadow/assist with sampling of various food products.

Upon completion of an inspection there will be a discussion of findings between the inspector and the intern so that the intern understands not only what had occurred at the facility but also the significance of the violations and how those relate back to the regulations. When the intern is not in the field they will be working on their project and completing on-line courses. The intern will attend weekly staff meetings, all-staff meetings and participate in regulatory calls with the FDA and firms, as available.

For a special summer project, the intern will be tasked to develop a spreadsheet to track the Division’s progressive enforcement of firms that are placed on Priority or Notice status, are issued letters of warning, have regulatory meetings or are subject to revocation; additionally, the intern will arrange the regulatory photographs that have been taken of firms to document violative situations.

Learn more and apply THIS WEEK by Mar. 23!

KDPH, Food Safety Branch, Manufactured Food Student Internship

Kentucky Dept. for Public Health Health (KDPH), Food Safety Branch – Manufactured Food Student Internship

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has the benefit of incorporating internship support to the responsibilities of the Food Safety Branch in Frankfort. As interns, students are afforded the opportunity to gain career-level experience while providing direct assistance to several of the division’s staff, with primary support being to the Manufactured Food program.

Interns are not looked at as part time help; rather, they are treated as equal employees within the program, and a high level of expectation is set for their role during the tenure of the position. Learn more about the position by viewing the full post HERE.

Applicants interested in applying can send their cover letter and resume directly to Sally Dabb, Food Manufacturing Supervisor for the Kentucky Food Safety Branch at

Read the complete internship description here.

KDPH Summer Practicum and Internship

Summer practicum and internship opportunity applications now open at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH)! 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is currently accepting student internship and practicum placements for the Summer 2023 semester (June-August, 2023). Deadline for student submissions is April 14, 2023.

Both virtual and onsite options exist, with part time and full-time paid opportunities as well! There are limited spots, and this application is competitive, so if you need help with interviewing, resume, etc. –let us know.

Topical opportunities: harm reduction / syringe services programs (SSPs), community health worker (CHW), Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative, HIV prevention, Community Health Assessments, substance use and HCV+ mothers, immunizations, syndromic surveillance, Emergency Preparedness and Response, healthcare coalition building, food safety, Health Professional Shortage Area program, Maternal and Child Health, family planning and more!

Student Application is HERE!

Feel free to reach out to Lindsey Brewer, Student Internship Program Coordinator at KDPH, at with any questions.


Practicum Organization Host Sites

Practicum Organization Host Sites

  • Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Internship Program
  • Kentucky Cancer Consortium, Lexington KY
  • Arbor Youth Services, Lexington KY
  • Lexington Clinic, Lexington KY
  • WEDCO District Health Department, Georgetown KY
  • Franklin County Health Department, Frankfort KY
  • Jessamine County Health Department, Nicholasville KY
  • Wild Health, Lexington KY
  • Laurel County Health Department, London KY
  • Markey Cancer Center Community Impact Office, Lexington KY
  • Kentucky Injury Prevention & Research Center, Lexington KY
  • Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, Lexington KY
  • Kentucky Department for Public Health- Maternal & Child Health, Frankfort KY
  • Kentucky Department for Public Health-Epidemiology, Frankfort KY
  • Madison County Health Department, Richmond KY
  • Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Lexington KY
  • Center for Health Equity and Transformation, Lexington KY
  • Bourbon County Health Department, Paris KY
  • Central Kentucky Recovery Center, Lexington KY
  • UK Athletics, Lexington KY
  • New Vista, Lexington KY

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