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Two ODU Students Earn National Environmental Public Health Internships

By Irv Harrell

Two Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (BSEH) students at Old Dominion University have been awarded competitive internships under the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP).

This program is sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

Kaitlyn Greene will intern in Fort Collins, Colo., and Brion Ockenfels will intern in Rochester, Minn. Both are seniors and received 10-week internships.

The internships allow students to gain a first-hand perspective on the day-to-day responsibilities of environmental health professionals and make connections with those working in the field. The program also aims to encourage students to consider careers in local, state or tribal environmental health departments. Only students from Environmental Health Accreditation Council-accredited universities, such as ODU, were eligible.

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program offers 19 undergraduate and six graduate environmental health student internships. It provides a base stipend for undergraduates of $4,000 for a 10-week internship through NEHA to cover lodging, food and incidental expenses. An additional relocation stipend is available to cover moving costs.

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