Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) offers exciting internship and volunteer opportunities throughout the year through various programs. These positions will complement education with experience to best prepare candidates for the professional public health world.


Public Health Intern Leadership Academy

The Public Health Internship Program goes beyond the office work experience and truly prepares next generation of the public health workers through meaningful project opportunities and leadership development.

All public health interns will participate in three essential components of the program:

  1. Project-based work within an office of the Dept of Public Health
  2. Professional development workshops aimed at essential skills identified by hiring managers
  3. A symposium that’s open to the entire Public Health Department, where interns can be recognized for their work

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Dietetic Internship

Maricopa County's Dietetic Internship offers a public health focused supervised practice program with two tracks: (i) a full time track and (ii) a AZ WIC track for qualified WIC employees working in an Arizona local agency.

Interns in both tracks will work with dietitians from a wide variety of disciplines and be exposed to an extensive range of nutrition and public health services.

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Fellowship Program

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) welcomed its inaugural Fellowship cohort in 2022, and we are excited to announce the continuation of this program. Cohort Two will begin in September 2024. This two-year program provides recent graduates with advanced degrees an opportunity for a hands-on learning experience in a diverse and thriving public health environment.

Public Health Fellows will work with MCDPH teams to address the emerging needs of Maricopa County residents. Throughout this program, Fellows can expect to gain exposure to county operations, actively contribute to impactful and evidence-based initiatives, receive personalized mentorship, and participate in ongoing professional development.

As we prepare for the second cohort, we are actively seeking new participants. Applications are expected to open in April 2024.

For questions or additional information, please contact Lisa Polovin, Public Health Fellowship Coordinator, at  

Volunteer Opportunities

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure of communities nationwide. Each MRC unit is organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from public health education to disaster response.

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