Student Engagement

The PHC hosts undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year and over the summer.  Put your public health skills into practice on real-world projects, and work with us or with our  community partners across DE to improve health and increase equity!

We have a rolling application for general interest in working with PHC in both paid and volunteer student fellowships and opportunities, as well as specific opportunities that we are currently advertising.

Fill out application form

After submitting the form, be sure to send your resume (including GPA) and a brief cover letter describing your interest in a PHC Fellowship, and email these to  phc-info@udel.edu.

PHC Current Opportunities:

Please check back frequently, as more opportunities may develop, or submit a general application to PHC via the instructions and link above.

PHC Graduate Student Fellowship:

DEADLINE PAST- No longer accepting applications for this position

The UD Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC) is looking for a graduate fellow who has a passion for supporting health and well-being, equity, and positive change in partnership with Delaware communities and statewide stakeholder groups.  The fellow would be working primarily on two key PHC initiatives:

  • Delaware’s State Health Improvement Planning Process (DE SHIP)– The PHC Fellow will work with the SHIP Project Manager to oversee the SHIP Fellowship program in providing support to SHIP stakeholders statewide in planning, implementation, and evaluation of Delaware’s state health improvement plan. Priority areas of the plan include:  chronic disease, substance use disorder, mental health, maternal and child health, and system-wide recommendations to address social determinants of health, include a Health in All Policies approach, and incorporate social marketing.  The PHC Fellow will help mentor and supervise undergraduate students in their assigned work for SHIP stakeholders; be assigned as a liaison to specific high-impact stakeholder groups; help assess stakeholder progress toward goals and metrics; draft, review and synthesize materials for the annual SHIP report; and engage in dissemination of results via SHIP communications (i.e. websites, newsletters, journal submissions, conference presentations, webinars, etc.).
  • Healthy Communities Delaware (HCD)- The PHC Fellow will work with the Executive Director of Healthy Communities Delaware, a public-private partnership aiming to improve health and equity in low-wealth communities across Delaware. HCD collaborates with communities to address resident priorities to improve the social determinants of health, including transportation, housing, community services, civic engagement, arts & culture, public education, healthcare services, recreation and opportunities to socialize, healthy and safe physical environments, and employment. The PHC Fellow will develop communication tools for different stakeholder groups in alignment with communication plan (documents, e-newsletters, emails, social media posts, etc.); develop and post website and social media content; communicate with multiple stakeholder groups via presentations, newsletters, email, etc.; support contracting and reporting processes; develop and manage mechanisms for communication, collaboration and learning across communities and topic areas; and, support the development of funding profiles for collaborating communities.

This position will be supported during the 2020-2021 academic year (fall/winter/spring) and extend into summer 2021.  This is a stipend-only contract and may not be eligible for a tuition waiver.   It is expected that the PHC Fellow will work up to 20 hours per week from September 2020 – August 2021.  Hours are flexible, between 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday, based on the student’s class schedule. Due to COVID-19, the internship may require in-person work, virtual work or both. This will be dependent on UD guidance for employees and student workers during the fellowship term.  When on site, the position is located at the Tower at STAR Campus, 100 Discovery Blvd.

The ideal candidate will be enrolled in graduate programs for Public Health, Health Promotion, Public Administration, Public Policy, or Communications.

TO APPLY:  Interested students should apply via the PHC application form and by sending resume (including GPA) and cover letter to phc-info@udel.edu no later than Aug. 2nd, 2020. Please describe in your cover letter why you believe you would be a good fit for the position.


PHC Undergraduate Student Fellowship – Communications (Fall/Spring 2020-2021- with opportunity to start as soon as August 2020):

DEADLINE PAST- No longer accepting applications for this position

The UD Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC) is looking for a graduate fellow with experience in communications and a passion for supporting health and well-being, equity, and positive change in partnership with Delaware communities and statewide stakeholder groups.

The fellow will support the PHC Coordinator on communications and stakeholder outreach as part of various PHC initiatives.  Duties to include:

  • Developing communication tools for different stakeholder groups in alignment with communication plans (documents, e-newsletters, emails, social media posts, etc.)
  • Developing and posting website and e-newsletter materials
  • Communicating with multiple stakeholder groups via presentations, newsletters, email, etc.
  • Analyze website and/or social media analytics and producing reports
  • Corresponding with others via email and phone calls
  • Developing and managing mechanisms for communication, collaboration and learning across communities and topic areas
  • Attending meetings and working as part of the Delaware State Health Improvement Planning team

Schedule: This internship can be paid or unpaid, based on student needs and any rules of internship/capstone programs. Internship hours are flexible, between 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday, based on the student’s class/work schedules. Due to COVID-19, the internship may require in-person work, virtual work or both. This will be dependent on UD guidance for employees and student workers during the internship term.

The ideal candidate will be enrolled in undergraduate studies in Communications, Public Health, Health Promotion, Political Science & Social Justice, and/or have demonstrated experience in web design and digital communications.

TO APPLY:  Interested students should apply via the PHC application form and by sending resume (including GPA) and cover letter to phc-info@udel.edu no later than Aug. 2nd, 2020. Please describe in your cover letter why you believe you would be a good fit for the position.

UD Dover campus students, Mikala Johnson and Alexis Reid, greet Open Street Dover participants at the registration tent

PHC Summer Fellows, Delaney Luman and Kelsey Coulter, work alongside Westside Family Health External Affairs staff

PHC Summer Fellow, Adaeze Ashiedu, helps conduct evaluation and coordinate logistics at a Wilmington Play Streets event