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Internship Program


Internship program overview

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recognizes that in order for the department to accomplish its mission to 'promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico' it's necessary to have a robust and diverse workforce. The Internship Program is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the mission while advancing DOH’s vision to create a healthier New Mexico.

NMDOH internships provide meaningful experiences for students that can support the development of aspiring public health professionals by providing an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain real-word experience in a practice setting, encouraging professionalism, and giving an opportunity to develop positive work habits.

The Department of Health accepts students attaining an undergraduate and graduate program. The programs offered within NMDOH can vary from the nature of the request per requirement of the internship. The state of New Mexico offers internships through the Governor's Office, State Personnel Office, or the Agency selected (NMDOH). The New Mexico Department of Health offers paid and unpaid internships. If you are interested in inquiring more about our internship opportunities, please utilize the resources below to start the process.


NOTE: Students can gain academic credit for their work experience and work with professionals in their career field.

Program objectives

The NMDOH internship program aims to:

  • Increase representation from all new Mexican communities
  • Identify students and train them to become future public health professionals
  • Strengthen partnerships with academic organizations and communities
  • Increase public health capacity to deliver services
  • Improve health outcomes for New Mexico residents
  • Increase public awareness of New Mexico’s public health role and activities

Benefit for students

  • Gain valuable hands-on public health experience
  • Apply classroom knowledge to projects
  • Create a professional network with public health professionals
  • Refine career expectations and help guide career path
  • Increase confidence in a professional capability

Per your selection and needs, please inquire below to gain an internship within the State of New Mexico:

The Department of Health

The NMDOH Internship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain real-word experience in a practice setting, as well as to contribute to the department’s mission. High School students are also encouraged to apply. Interns are supervised by public health practitioners ? who will provide them with internship experiences that closely align to the students’ professional goals, abilities, and areas of interest. Students can gain academic credit for their work experience and work with professionals in their career field.

The NMDOH offers internships in the following areas based upon availability:

  • Business
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology & Response
  • Information System & Technology
  • Public Health
  • Healthy Equity
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Scientific Laboratory Division
  • Healthcare Facilities

If you are not interested in a paid internship, you can contact us directly at NMDOH.Internship@state.nm.us

The NMDOH Internship Program aligns with the NMDOH Strategic Goal, to pursue organizational excellence, and Public Health Reaccreditation’s Domain 8, to Maintain a Competent Workforce .

Please send an email to nmdoh.internship@state.nm.us for details on internship opportunities.