Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)

Student applications have closed for Summer 2024.

Student applications for Summer 2025 will open in November.

If you’re a community site interested in hosting a CHIP intern, learn more and submit your proposal here.

Program Details

Wisconsin AHEC’s Community Health Internship Program (CHIP) enables college students who have an interest in community health, public health, and population health to work 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
  • receive a stipend based on your position type to help with living expenses over the 8-week internship experience

Intern Position Types

Position Types Weekly Hours Intern Stipend
Full-time 40 $4,800
Three-quarters-time 32 $3,600
Half-time 22 $2,400
Quarter-time 12 $1,200

All position types include a two-hour weekly virtual seminar on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-10:30am. Milwaukee participants attend an in-person seminar in lieu of the virtual one on Wednesday mornings from 8:30am-12:30pm.

Flexible Work Arrangements: Intern positions may be fully remote, fully on-site, or hybrid with a combination of time spent on-site and remote.

Happy CHIP participant!

Are you an organization interested in having a CHIP Intern? Wonder who our CHIP host site partners are?

CHIP Host Sites

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for CHIP, students must be:

  • age 18 or older at the time of application
  • a Wisconsin resident or student attending a college or university in Wisconsin
  • a currently enrolled college student at the time of your CHIP application with a high school diploma or GED
  • able to commit to the hours required by position type(s) you apply for from June 3 – July 26, 2024
  • eligible for work in the U.S. (International students are welcome to apply. Prior approval of participation in any Wisconsin AHEC program by your home campus International Student Services Advisor is required.)
  • interested in community, public, or population health

Ideal applicants preferably have:

  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • completed at least two-years of college coursework by June 2024


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, 2023 – January 31, 2024
Spring 2024
by March 31, 2024

Preview CHIP Application

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 a short essay question.

  1. Applicant Contact Information
  2. Demographic Information
  3. Academic Information
  4. Leadership Experience & Skills
  5. Essay
  6. Internship Format & Location
  7. CHIP Application Certification

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

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 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