HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program

HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program at the NYC Health Department is one of the oldest and largest public health traineeships in the country

For over 50 years, HRTP has provided the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students to experience some of the "real life" challenges of public health. By working on current relevant public health issues under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals, students apply classroom learning to practical problems in a closely matched practicum and, in the process, learn critical skills needed to excel in the field.

The goals of the program are:

  • To orient students to the principles and practices of public health planning, research, administration
    and evaluation.
  • To broaden students' concept of public health by increasing their awareness of the needs, challenges and career opportunities in this field.
  • To assist the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in recruiting skilled, professional candidates with proven potential.

During the summer, in addition to direct hands on experience, interns are exposed to a rigorous curriculum of seminars, workshops, and other activities to broaden their understanding of how the agency works to promote the health of New Yorkers. Getting Started: An Instruction Guide for Student Applicants (PDF).

HRTP operates in three sessions:

  • Summer Session: June –August
    Full-time: Maximum 35 hours/week
    Part-time: Minimum 20 hours/week
  • Fall Session*: September –December
    Part-time only: Maximum 20 hours/week,
    minimum of 10 hours/week
  • Winter/Spring*: January- May
    Part-time only: Maximum 20 hours/week,
    minimum of 10 hours/week

* This session is open to local students only. NYC residency required.


In many cases, financial support is available for HRTP students. HRTP does not providing funding for interns; it is the responsibility of the program to secure funding for their interns. Students who are unable to receive funding usually volunteer.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a matriculated undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in a degree program at an accredited college or university in the US.
  • Recent graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing (GPA above 3.0)
  • Residency in NYC required for the fall and spring session. NYC residency is NOT required for the summer session.

Application Forms

Students are responsible to submit and to ensure application packages are complete by the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. A completed application
consists of:

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Term: February 15
  • Fall Term: August 15
  • Spring Term: November 15

For additional information on HRTP, please call 311 or e-mail us at: