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 a 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 over 4,000 members globally. Internship candidates provide essential administrative support, but other responsibilities vary depending on time of year.

Many internship candidates are studying:

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

The program can also provide 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.

NEW! Application Deadlines for 2018 Sessions

Spring: January – April: October 1, 2017
Summer: May – August: January 31, 2018
Fall: September – December: May 15, 2018

Send applications to


Applicant must be able to locate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the internship session. Interns work in the SOPHE National office, located at 10 G St, NE, Suite 605, Washington, D.C., 20002.

Requested academics and skill sets include:

  • 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
  • Possess strong verbal, written, communication and analytical skills
  • Exhibit strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office

Application Process

Your application must include all of the following in order to be considered:

  • SOPHE Internship Application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (academic or professional work)
  • Written statement if availability differs from SOPHE’s session length or working hours are below full-time (email will suffice)

The application and all requested materials must be submitted together and emailed to Failure to meet any of the above-mentioned requirements may delay, or even prevent, the review of your application. Please keep a photocopy of your completed application for your files. Given the volume of incoming applications, we will not be able to return any of the materials we receive.

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


“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

 How long is a SOPHE Internship?

A SOPHE Internship is approximately 12-14 weeks. Interns choose a winter session (January-April), the summer session (May-August), or the fall session (September-December). Internships can be a combination of sessions depending on the needs of the student and SOPHE. See requirements above regarding written statement.

Are the internships full-time?

To maximize learning opportunities, full-time is preferred.  If you are unable to commit to full-time, please still apply and include a written statement why part-time is needed. A modest stipend (up to $1500) is provided to interns, dependent on length of commitment.

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, administrative responsibilities/data entry.

Upon interviewing, a 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.

Activities may include:

  • Policy and advocacy
  • Program planning
  • Communications
  • Health education research
  • SOPHE professional meetings and conferences

What are examples of past intern projects?

  • Conducting seminal research on MPH programs in community health education, including web-based survey and obtaining IRB review; preparation of 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 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
  • Interview SOPHE past presidents and develop 50th Anniversary booklet with past president reflections
  • Assist with grant writing and proposal development

What are the perks I can expect if I become a SOPHE intern?

“During my internship at SOPHE I learned the interdisciplinary nature of public health. Some of these domains include policy, health education, and epidemiology,” Juliana Lewis

SOPHE interns 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.

SOPHE interns gain valuable work experience in a professional office environment, building relationships with professionals who can potentially serve as references and provide letters of recommendations for future endeavors.

SOPHE interns see how nonprofit membership organizations operate, are governed, and managed. They 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.

What are the qualifications for the SOPHE internship position?

  • Pursuing a bachelor’s or a graduate degree in public health, health education, community health, health promotion, or preventive medicine
  • Completed two or more years of coursework with a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Coursework in health education/behavioral theory, multicultural communications, program planning, advocacy and policy/environmental approaches to improving health preferred.
  • Knowledge/interest preferred in tobacco prevention and control, physical activity, school health and health disparities.

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

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