Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)

Program Details

Wisconsin AHEC’s CHIP enables college students who have an interest in community health, public health and population health to work full time (40 hours per week) with local health departments, tribal health centers, community health centers and community service organizations throughout Wisconsin for an eight-week summer internship. In addition to valuable experience within local Wisconsin communities, students also:

  • gain valuable public health knowledge,
    skills, and experience while providing host
    sites with the extra capacity needed to strengthen and extend their practice
  • gain an understanding and an appreciation of the broad range of public health activities undertaken at the local level
  • earn a stipend of $2,600 (subject to income tax) for their full-time commitment over the 8-week internship experience
Happy CHIP participant!

CLICK HERE for Student Application

Applications are due January 31, 2022

CHIP dates are
June 6 – July 29, 2022

Interested in having a CHIP Intern?

Click here to learn more about serving as a CHIP host site

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for CHIP, students must:

  • be a Wisconsin resident or student attending a college or university in Wisconsin
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • preferably have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • preferably have completed at least two-years of college coursework by June 2022
  • have an interest in community, public, or population health
  • be currently enrolled college student at the time of your CHIP application
  • be able to commit to full time participation from June 6 – July 29, 2022

Phases

The application process includes two phases. The Phase 1 application is an opportunity for you to tell us more about yourself, your academic and professional background, and your skills and interests. We use your responses on the Phase 1 Application to assess your eligibility and fit for CHIP as well as preliminarily match you to one of our seven Regional Centers.

Students invited to the Phase 2 application will be connected to one of our Regional AHEC Centers to learn more about the specific host site and projects available in that region. Students will have an opportunity to rank their preferences for the host site projects and may be asked to submit academic and/or professional references.

Anticipated Timeline

Phase 1 Application
Phase 2 Application
Internship Notification
November 15 – January 31, 2022
by February 28, 2022
by March 31, 2022

Below is an outline of the CHIP Application. Please note that you will need to upload a current resume (not to exceed 2 pages), a current unofficial transcript, and complete two short essay questions.

  1. Applicant Contact Information
  2. Demographic Data
  3. Academic Information
  4. Leadership Experience & Skills
  5. Essays
  6. Summer Housing & Transportation
  7. CHIP Application Certification

If you have any additional questions throughout or about the application process, please contact Katie Freeman, AHEC Program Manager at kmfreeman2@wisc.edu.

What students are saying

"My experience with the CHIP internship was greater than words can describe. I was fortunate
enough to be placed within the ADRC-North in the Ashland Branch, located in Ashland,
Wisconsin. While the internship was completed virtually, I gained so many great skills and was
able to expand my knowledge more than I would have anticipated during this internship
experience."

Elise A., CHIP Alumni

"I participated in one of the week-long programs in Wood and Clark Counties with the Amish and Mennonite communities and it was amazing! I still refer to what I learned in this program all the time. I highly recommend this program!"

Kayla B., CHIP Alumni

"I participated in the CHIP and Wisconsin Express Programs and loved both! I was a CHIP intern with Green County Public Health, now I work here full time!"

Bridget C., CHIP and Wisconsin Express Alumni