Internship Program

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) was founded in September 1992 (as the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing) to bring the public health, housing, and environmental communities together to combat our nation’s epidemic of childhood lead poisoning. Today, NCHH’s mission is to secure safe and healthy housing for all. NCHH researches methods to assess hazards in the home and measures to reduce those hazards. NCHH designs practical strategies to incorporate healthy housing practices into the work of the public health and affordable housing communities. NCHH promotes these strategies through education and outreach, partnership programs, and governmental initiatives.

NCHH offers a rewarding work environment for individuals interested in science, policy, and the transformation of communities. NCHH’s staff is comprised of seasoned professionals with experience in environmental health, public health, housing, policy, industrial hygiene, engineering, and marketing. The diversity of staff backgrounds and expertise offers excellent opportunities for peer learning, personal growth, and development. EOE.

We’re seeking a highly capable intern with experience or an interest in policy and advocacy.
In this exciting role, you will have the opportunity to help plan and attend a congressional hill day, accompanying healthy housing experts and practitioners from across the country in meetings with Capitol Hill staffers. In addition to the having qualities listed below, you consider yourself confident in small group settings and are enthusiastic about advocating for health and housing policy.

As a policy intern, your assignments will include the following:

  • Conducting research on state-level healthy housing programs and statistics;
  • Developing clear, informative website content about federal healthy housing programs and initiatives;
  • Managing communications with a 400-plus-member national healthy homes coalition;
  • Participating with the project managers and partners in conference calls and meetings.

Our ideal candidates have:

  • A major or concentration in data science, applied statistics, analytics, housing, aging, community development, public policy, or public health fields;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Ability to learn quickly;
  • Interest in talking with public health professionals across the country;
  • Experience in project coordination;
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, including the ability to write clearly and quickly for both general and technical audiences;
  • Ability to work both cooperatively with others and independently.
  • Ability to work 16 to 24-plus hours per week.

Term details:

  • Application deadline: November 15, 2018
  • Start Date: December 1, 2018
  • End Date: February 28, 2019

What Our Interns Can Expect

NCHH’s internship program is primarily designed for undergraduates or graduate students who have a desire to gain practical work and research-related experience. Our internships are not designed to be consulting opportunities or part-time jobs.

For most interns, course credit is one of their goals. In this case, the number of hours of practical work experience that NCHH can offer is of great benefit. Here, students learn how their course of study applies to the real world and can build a valuable experience that makes them stronger candidates for jobs after graduation.

You will have the opportunity to work with the nation’s top professionals with experience in environmental health, public health, housing, policy, industrial hygiene, engineering, and marketing. The diversity of staff backgrounds and expertise offers excellent opportunities for peer learning, personal growth, and development. In most cases, NCHH is able to offer a small stipend.Internships are available year-round and generally last for three months.

To apply:
Submit a résumé and cover letter by email to Michelle Harvey, Director of Administration, at mharvey@nchh.org.

“I began work at NCHH in the summer of 2016. Because of when I started, I was around for the start of a new campaign, and, because the office was so small, I was involved in just about every part of it. I learned a lot about the different pieces that go into planning and launching a multifaceted action drive. Later, I got to learn what happens when the action drive presents more challenges than you thought! I was fortunate to stay on part-time during the following school year as I finished college. As the work grew and evolved and the legislative session started up again, I got closer to two policy processes: how to craft a consensus about policy recommendations within the healthy housing community and how to present those recommendations on the Hill.”

Sarah Goodwin
Former Intern and Current NCHH Policy Analyst