Wisconsin Area Health Education Center’s paid summer intern programs provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and assistance to local health departments and community organizations.

Program Overview

Each WI AHEC region works with local health departments and community organizations, to develop community based projects and provide mentoring for health professions students interested in an intensive summer experience in community health. The placement is 8 weeks during June and July.  While in this work based environment students will have the opportunity to learn and practice the following skills; communication, critical thinking, adaptability, troubleshooting, conflict management, meeting management, positive attitude, teamwork and work ethic.


  • Interest in community health/public health
  • Candidates must be Wisconsin residents or attending a college/university in Wisconsin
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

NEWAHEC Region: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond Du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington and Winnebago.

Regional Placements:

Wisconsin AHEC’s CHIP is for students who are interested in a community health internship placement in a variety of locations throughout the state. Wisconsin AHEC staff members work with numerous public health departments to develop suitable intern projects and identify mentors located in many counties.

Placement process:

During the application process, students are invited to express a preference for matching with a particular location as well as a specific community health project that furthers their academic area of interest.

Please note that a local connection will make it easier to arrange summer housing; limited housing options may be available at CHIP placement sites.

Statewide Orientation & Program Expectation:

Statewide CHIP participants will attend one full-day group orientation on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus to kick off the program. Throughout the summer, interns will also communicate with each other on health topics and community health principles and practice; CHIP interns will participate remotely from their placement sites.


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