Learn from Workers. Become Inspired. Improve Worker Health & Safety.
OHIP is a national summer internship dedicated to helping you learn about the field of occupational safety and health from those with most at stake: working people.
The Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) is a full time, paid summer internship designed to link the skills and interests of students with the needs of workers employed in an under-served or high hazard job. Teams of two interns are assigned to a union or worker organization where they receive supervision from a designated staff member and an academic mentor. OHIP has training sites across the country including: the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. New sites for 2020 include Denver, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
Work on a Multidisciplinary Team
Students are matched with projects based on specific language or technical skills, as well as their experience or interest in working with social justice organizations or unions. Typically a graduate student in medicine, nursing, public health (health education, environmental and occupational health) or a related field is paired with an undergraduate student. Most teams include students from different disciplines.
Investigate Health and Safety Concerns
Each team project is designed to maximize contact between workers and interns to learn about the hazards and other realities of work. As part of the process of researching hazards, interns interview workers, conduct focus groups, attend union/worker organization meetings, and observe workers on the job. As a result, students gain an understanding of the complexity of the work environment and learn about the importance of health and safety in relation to work.
Ultimately teams identify and document health and safety problems and recommend ways to reduce or eliminate hazards. In return, interns provide workers and unions/worker organizations with concrete information about hazards or health and safety concerns that they can use to build and strengthen their efforts to prevent job injury and illness.
Build Friendships, Meet OSH Professionals, Land a Job!
Experience friendships created by working together to tackle important social problems. Meet other students striving to integrate their academic and political interests into their life’s work. Build camaraderie through team meetings, periodic seminars, and activities held over the summer. Connect with people that have dedicated their careers to improve working conditions for an ever changing, diverse workforce. Attend local, state-wide, and national events where job opportunities may arise.
In the Words of Alumni
OHIP exposed me to data collection, surveying, conducting interviews, and using the results to find associations between exposure and health outcomes. That essentially is what epidemiology is and what I love about public health.
— Celeste Wong, OHIP 2009