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"Real-Life Experiences"

Are you a student looking for an opportunity for training and experience in public health?

We hope you will join the Saint Louis County Department of Health in providing a full array of services that includes environmental health protection, communicable disease control, public health administration, and medical and research services. Saint Louis County Department of Health promotes optimal health for people who live, work, or visit the County. This is accomplished by monitoring and assessing the public health status of the County, and developing programs and policies that prevent illness or injury.


The Saint Louis County Department of Health created the internship program to provide hands-on work experience opportunities for college level students, both graduate and undergraduate so that they can apply their skills and knowledge in the “real world” while making a meaningful contribution to the public health of Saint Louis County. Applications are matched with specific internship opportunities in various programs within the Saint Louis County Department of Health. The Department employs approximately 500 employees who play vital roles in public health.


An intern is an individual who works with the Saint Louis County Health Department while also attending an accredited college or university, a trade/vocational school, or a business school on a full-time or part-time basis. The majority of the Health Department internships are not paid.

Benefits of an Internship

So why should you participate in an internship with the Saint Louis County Department of Health? There are a lot of reasons:

  • Students can gain academic credit.

  • Students can relate coursework to on-the-job experiences.

  • Students can work with professionals in their career field.

  • Students can become potential candidates for employment with Saint Louis County.

  • Students can complete valuable work products and introduce new ideas.

  • More Information

    The following links provide more information about the Internship Program:

    Application Process and Eligibility  NEW!

  • Internship Opportunities:

    Graphic Design Intern  NEW!

    Contact Information

    All applications, resumes, and other materials should be sent to the Public Health Internship Program Coordinator at the following mailing address:

    Stacey Ruffin-Buchanan
    Volunteer/Internship Office
    6121 North Hanley Road
    Berkeley, Missouri 63134

    If you would like to find out more or request an internship application, please contact Stacey Ruffin-Buchanan at (314) 615-6409 or send an e-mail to Internship.doh@stlouisco.com. We look forward to hearing from you!