Academic Affairs Internship Program

Welcome to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of Academic Affairs Internship Program 

Wendy Andreades, MBA 

You may contact Wendy Andreades at:
DSHS Office of Academic Affairs  or 512-776-3750
P.O. Box 149347, Mail Code: 1864
Austin, TX 78714-9347

Department of State Health Services Overview

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is responsible for oversight and implementation of public health and behavioral health programs in Texas. With a workforce of over 12,000, DSHS includes programs for preparedness and prevention, mental health and substance abuse services, women and children services, and regulatory consumer protection services, and operates eleven mental health facilities, two health care facilities, eight health service regional offices and the second largest public health laboratory in the world.  DSHS recognizes that developing and maintaining a health workforce appropriate in skills and numbers is critical for the agency to accomplish its mission: To promote heath and well being in Texas.  Considering the agency’s scope of responsibilities, statewide facilities, public health and behavioral health expertise, range of partnerships with academic and other organizations, and commitment of executive leadership, DSHS is especially well-suited to host students looking for practice or research experiences to meet their academic (internship, practicum, or clerkship) requirements.

DSHS Internship Program

Most internships at DSHS are geared for graduate students, although depending on the need and student interest, undergraduate students are also welcome to apply. To view available internships go to: Internship Opportunities.

During the internship, students will have the opportunity to conduct goal-oriented, semester-long policy, program, and/or research projects for their academic requirements in a practice setting, as well as contribute to DSHS’s mission.  Interns are supervised by public health and behavioral scientists and practitioners. In addition to gaining program, policy and/or research experience, interns will gain communication skills by preparing both written and oral presentations about their completed projects.

Interns are selected based on merit via a competitive process without regard to race, color, religion, or gender. Completed applications will be reviewed, and students will be interviewed in person or by telephone. Interns must provide their own housing, and transportation to the internship site. Interns are also responsible for obtaining necessary vaccinations. Depending on the type of internship, some internships require criminal background checks and verifications from the Nurse Aide Registry and Employee Misconduct Registry. 

Student performance is evaluated based on academic requirements and expected internship outcomes.  Evaluation is discussed upon acceptance to the internship.

DSHS Internship Application Requirements

Please submit the below application documents to

  1. Completed DSHS Internship Application
  2. Copy of resume or CV
  3. Letter of Interest that explains why you are best qualified for the internship, describes relevant experience, and explains how the internship will further academic and/or professional goals.
    • In the email, please identify the project(s) to which you are applying in priority order, and develop a separate letter of interest for each project. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    • One recommendation should be from a former or current faculty member. The second could be from an academic advisor, an employment supervisor, a second faculty member, or a sponsor of a student organization in which you participate.
    • Please have references email Wendy their letter of recommendation directly.  In the subject line of their email, please have them write "Letter of Recommendation and YOUR NAME". 


Last updated March 22, 2017