CalState LA Public Health Internship

The Community Engagement Program on Health and the Environment (CEPHE) of the USC Environmental Health Centers welcomes several interns per semester from the Cal State Los Angeles, Bachelors of Public Health Program and the Cal State Los Angeles, Masters of Public Health Program.

Spring Semester 2020: Internship applications for Spring 2020 are open. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. 

The CEPHE team works with Cal State interns to provide them with hands on experience working with communities around Los Angeles with particular focus on communities in East LA and Southest LA.

Bachelors level interns  grow in their abilities to design and lead workshops, engage with local community members, through workshop content that increases their awareness of how the environment impact community health.  Workshop topics include: green cleaning products, health impacts of air pollution, community based participatory air pollution monitoring, environmental justice, goods movement, personal care products, toxic metal exposures and social media content development. Interns are given the opportunity to participate in community health and resource fairs to represent the work.

Masters level interns focus on a more specialized project that is designed jointly with the intern and the CEPHE staff and faculty.

Our team produced this video in partnership with our bachelors interns from 2017-2018 and Sandy Navarro of L.A. Grit Media, and the numerous community organizations and groups we have done workshops with.

Interns must come ready to engage and contribute to this ongoing and vibrant work. Verbal and written Spanish fluency is required. Workshops that interns give are often in monolingual Spanish and all workshop content is translated into Spanish prior to workshop implementation.

Interested students who plan to register for Public Health 4960: Public Health Internship or PH 5950, should apply in advance of the start of the semester by submitting your resume and:

Letter of interest addressing:

  • Interest in environmental health and how your interests intersect with the content of this internship as described above.
  • Explanation of your Spanish fluency
  • A description of your passion for environmental health/public health and how you see it intersecting with your community and/or the communities of East LA, Southeast LA, South LA.

Email your letters to:
Wendy Gutschow
Administrator, Community Engagement

Qualified students will be invited to interview in-person  for the internship. This is an unpaid internship. For questions regarding the internship, please email Wendy Gutschow (

CalState LA interns in front row, surrounded by Green Cleaning Product Workshop participants
Interns show workshop participants how to make their own multi-purpose green cleaning product.
Intern leads a training session that taught participants how to implement the workshop in their own community.