Volunteer and Internships

As a volunteer or intern for Harris County Public Health (HCPH), you have the opportunity to contribute to the health and well-being of your community while gaining invaluable experience. You can explore new career paths or enhance your skills within your current career. If you have special interests or training, we may even be able to create a volunteer job just for you!

As an intern or volunteer, you're involved in the day-to-day activities within a public health organization. For example:

  • Perform disease surveillance with our avian biologist for Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis and dengue viruses
  • Learn about the legislative process and the impact on health by working with our Office of Policy and Planning
  • Assist adoption counselors in our animal shelter with finding lost or stray animals a forever home

From researching diseases in the field to supporting our Women, Infant  and Children (WIC) program, there are numerous opportunities and unique experiences to help you achieve your educational or personal objectives.

You can volunteer or intern a few hours per week, join us on a long-term basis or be part of a special events team.

For more information on the Volunteer and Internship program, contact: 

Tel: 713.439.6285 
Fax: 713.437.8758 
E-mail: vipc@hcphes.org 


Click Here to Apply


How to apply

Review the eligibility requirements below. If you qualify, click on the application button above and complete the application. Use the Volunteer/Intern Applicant Information Flowchart to identify the best method for routing it after completion.


HCPH offers internship opportunities for students attending HCPH Partnering Institutions. You get to concept, design and present your project to the health department, receive training and attend group orientations and activities. You are assigned to an individual supervisor for mentoring and receive a polo shirt with the HCPH logo.

Click on the application button above and complete the application. 

Internships fill up quickly, so students are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the semester they wish to intern.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering or interning with Harris County Public Health! Please use the Volunteer/Intern Applicant Information Flowchart to identify the best method for routing our application. Listing of Schools with Affiliation Agreements on File.