Academic Affairs Internship Program

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DSHS hosts a variety of internships across all divisions and public health regions. Our internships:

  • meet academic requirements,
  • provide practical and research experience, and
  • offer a venue where students can apply skills learned in the classroom

DSHS offers a broad range of internships to students of different academic levels from universities inside and out of Texas. Interested students and post-graduates can view internship opportunities on the internship opportunities page.

About the Blue Ribbon (BR) Internship Program


The Blue Ribbon Internship Program was developed in 2011 as an agency-wide initiative to offer the highest quality experiences for practice-based learning. The Blue Ribbon Program is conducted three semesters a year, and typically hosts 8-12 Blue Ribbon Interns each semester.

Program Components

In addition to the project work, the program offers a variety of structured activities to develop professional skills and gain a more comprehensive understanding of DSHS to provide a more in depth internship experience. These activities account for about 25 hours of the internship and include:

  • Blue Ribbon Program Orientation
  • DSHS Program Seminars
  • DSHS State Laboratory Tour and State Pharmacy Tour
  • Regional Health Department Visit
  • Meeting with a DSHS Executive
  • Final Presentation
  • Mock Interviews

Blue Ribbon Program Goals

  • Assure quality standards for DSHS internships and related work with interns, faculty sponsors and academic institutions
  • Foster reciprocal benefit to interns, universities and DSHS programs
  • Cultivate the next generation of skilled and prepared public health professionals
  • Provide meaningful practice experiences in public health
  • Expose interns to diverse agency programs to inform future career paths

Last updated February 27, 2020