Student Internships Program

PHMCResearch internship 2

The Research & Evaluation Group is committed to supporting the future generation of public health professionals. We offer internships to graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in developing qualitative and quantitative research and program evaluation skills in a nonprofit setting. Interns are granted the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the PHMC workplace for school credit.

Most interns work on more than one project; this allows interns to enhance their content area expertise in multiple areas and to learn about varied research and evaluation methods. Interns are expected to work 15-20 hours per week, with details arranged on a case by case basis. We do not currently offer full-time internships.


The application window for Summer 2024 internship opportunities is open.

Please find descriptions for internship opportunities below, and follow this link to apply.

Division of Teaching and Learning

The Division of Teaching and Learning is seeking research interns interested in supporting mixed-methods educational research across different projects, including evaluations of a media production program in Philadelphia public schools, teacher professional development, afterschool programming, and more. Interns will gain direct experience on applied social science research projects and an opportunity to enhance quantitative and qualitative skills.

Interns will gain experience in:

  • Using SPSS and Excel to learn about the entire data analysis process by entering, cleaning, tabulating, and analyzing;
  • Using Alchemer to create online surveys;
  • Learning about the of the appropriate usage of online and paper surveys;
  • Learning interviewing techniques, possibly analyzing observation data, and using other strategies to analyze qualitative data;
  • Networking with colleagues and other professionals throughout a large anchor organization;
  • Using literature search databases to sharpen skills related to synthesizing and reviewing information; and
  • Gaining real-world insight into most aspects of the cycle of research, from design to analysis.

Ideally, undergraduate or graduate-level interns bring experience in the following areas: proficiency in Microsoft Office, strong writing skills, and basic levels of social scientific analytical skills. Interns will have the opportunity to work both independently and collaborative with colleagues, and we seek interns with an interest in working in a busy professional environment. You will not be bored!

Department of Health Special Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Health uses funds from a tobacco settlement to offer tobacco recovery support and resources to adults and youth. Our client, Health Promotions Council, provides a wide range of services in Southeastern PA aimed at helping people of all ages quit smoking and vaping. The goal is to detect health disparities and target effective strategies to those seeking help to ultimately reduce mortality and illness caused by tobacco use.

We seek a research intern (undergraduate or graduate) to help organize and analyze data about the reach and impact of grantees' services. We have several data sets that are ripe for analysis, such as service users' socio-demographic characteristics, onset of tobacco use, and quit rates, and data about grantees' visits to state legislators and participation in youth advocacy efforts. As an intern, you will help the project team with data analysis/management and gain skills in using SPSS (statistical software), data visualization, and literature searching, as well as real-life experience working on a funded project. The research intern may occasionally be asked to assist on other social scientific projects.

We provide a tutorial in SPSS and do not expect interns to have prior experience in this area. We expect only professionalism, maturity, and a willingness to learn (and help get the job done). Please note that this may not be a good fit for applicants looking to work mostly with qualitative.

Thanks for considering! We'd love to work with you!


If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, follow this link to apply.