SOPHE Internship Program


“As a SOPHE intern, I was able to explore my personal passions in health education by planning programs complementary to the skills I was learning while pursuing an MSW/MPH dual degree and CHES,” Anna Alikhani. (L-R): Anna Alikhani, Victoria White, and Luisa Ramirez.

The SOPHE Internship Program offers participants an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a nonprofit health education organization serving members globally. Internship candidates provide essential administrative support, but other responsibilities vary depending on the time of year.

Many internship candidates are studying:

  • Public health
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Health education

The program can also provide an outstanding background for students studying:

  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Communications

Consideration for students without a public health background is handled on a case-by-case basis.

SOPHE invites anyone to apply, although most internship candidates are either currently in college or graduate school or recent graduates.

Important Dates for 2023*

SessionApplication DeadlineNotification DateInternship
Start Date
 End Date
SpringNovember 30, 2022December 15, 2022January 16, 2023May 5, 2023
SummerMarch 17, 2023April 7, 2023May 8, 2023August 25, 2023
FallJuly 7, 2023July 28, 2023August 28, 2023December 15, 2023

*Subject to change.

Visit SOPHE’s Handshake profile to apply for internships. For questions, email with the subject: SOPHE Internship.


“I believe the skills, knowledge, and experience I gained will have a great benefit as I move forward through my educational and professional career,” Donovan McKinley

Starting in 2023, the SOPHE internship now supports interns remotely. Should students be based locally or desire to move to Washington, D.C., they will join staff in the SOPHE National office located at 10 G St. NE, Suite 605, Washington, D.C., 20002. Please note that the SOPHE internship does not offer community or patient interactions.

Requested academics and skillsets include:

  • The applicant is currently enrolled or a recent graduate of an educational institution, college, university or continuing education program
  • Completed two or more years of coursework with a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Display an interest in a career related to health, health promotion and education, health policy, health communications
  • Possess strong verbal, written, communication and analytical skills
  • Exhibit strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office

Application Process

Students should apply to the cycle they are interested via SOPHE’s Handshake profile. Your application must include all of the following in order to be considered:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (academic or professional work)
  • Transcript

The application and all requested materials must be submitted together on Handshake. Failure to meet any of the above-mentioned requirements may delay, or even prevent, the review of your application.

Academic Credit

  • Academic credit for the internship is at the discretion of your college or university
  • SOPHE will provide appropriate information to your school
  • Make arrangements for earning credit before you begin the internship


How long is a SOPHE internship?

A SOPHE internship is 16 weeks. Interns choose:

  • Spring session (January-May),
  • Summer session (May-August), or
  • Fall session (August-December).
Are the internships full-time?

No, the SOPHE internship is a part-time position. Interns can expect to work 20-25 hours per week.

What will my duties include?

SOPHE interns can expect to work on a variety of projects pertinent to SOPHE’s mission but similar to other nonprofit voluntary organizations. Among these are advocacy, program planning, communications planning/outreach, research, conference planning, fundraising, chapter development, and administrative responsibilities/data entry.

Upon interviewing, the scope of work and activity is tailored to each intern’s expertise and pertinent to SOPHE’s needs. SOPHE interns will have the opportunity to develop a project in conjunction with SOPHE staff that they will create and complete during their internship.

What are examples of past intern projects?
  • Utilization of program planning skills and competencies for health education-sponsored events of SOPHE, including but not limited to the Annual Conference, Annual Advocacy Summit, National Health Education Week
  • Dissemination of membership engagement efforts; health communications and social media platform management; independent writing for social media campaigns, national health observances, and virtual advocacy
  • Conducting seminal research on MPH programs in community health education, including web-based surveys and obtaining IRB review; preparation of an article for publication
  • Development of tool kit, communications plan and evaluation, and liaison with other groups for National Health Education Week; preparation and presentation of a poster at SOPHE’s Annual Conference
  • Assist with research to develop a database of employers for a study of the impact of health education credentialing; development and presentation of a poster at SOPHE’s Annual Conference
  • Development of SOPHE resolution on handgun violence and establishment of SOPHE partnership to various organizations; presentation to SOPHE Board; development of resolution implementation plan
  • Assist with grant writing and proposal development
What are the perks I can expect if I become a SOPHE intern?
  • Receive one-year complimentary SOPHE Membership.
  • You may have the opportunity to attend health-related hearings and briefings and have valuable opportunities to interact and network with other leaders and members in the SOPHE, health education, and public health communities.
  • Gain valuable work experience in a professional office environment, building relationships with professionals who can potentially serve as references and provide letters of recommendation for future endeavors.
  • Examine how nonprofit membership organizations operate, are governed, and are managed.
  • You will receive firsthand experience planning professional continuing education, assisting with coalition/chapter development and support, planning and implementing advocacy efforts, and other activities related to the advanced competencies of health education professionals.
How would you describe the ideal candidate for the SOPHE internship position?

The ideal candidate will:

  • Work with minimal supervision
  • Possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Be detail-oriented
  • Be reliable and prompt
  • Commit to a regular schedule
  • Deal tactfully with a variety of personalities
  • Work in a team environment
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills
  • Prioritize and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Be well versed in Microsoft® Office
  • Possess internet research and database management experience
  • Be highly motivated and be a self-starter
What should I consider before applying for a SOPHE internship?

For students interested in participating remotely:

  • Stable internet connection
  • A functioning computer or laptop
  • Access to quiet working areas

For local students interested in participating in office:

  • Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area has a high cost of living. Please keep this in mind when searching for a place to stay.
  • Interns will be required to commute to the SOPHE National Office twice a week.
  • SOPHE internships occur in an office setting. SOPHE does not offer on-the-ground community health programs or services.

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