Field Experience

Dear MPH Students:


Welcome to NMSU.  Below are listed a few different research related opportunities you might wish to explore.  Don’t forget to attend the student NIH workshop on Thursday, Sept 29, between 1 and 3 p.m. in Milton Hall, Rm 30.  In case you don’t know, NIH stands for the National Institutes of Health.  There is an institute dedicated to all different areas of health, particularly those health problems most heavily impacting our U.S. Population.


Remember to keep your grades up.  Your GPA will be important when applying for these positions.  Applications for most of these are typically due in early spring (double check to make sure I am right).


One last thing, many of these organizations have satellite units throughout the U.S., so even though the main office is in Washington D.C. or Seattle, you might find offices in San Diego, CA or El Paso, TX.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Internship and Learning opportunities for Students:

Several training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.  Approximately 30 national institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health.  Each has its own concentration.  Some examples are:

  1. NI of Mental Health (NIMH)
  2. NC for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
  3. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  4. NI of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  5. NI of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  6. NI on Aging (NIA)
  7. NI of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  8. NI of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
  9. National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute
  10. NC for Minority Health & Health Disparities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Public Health training opportunities for students


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)—not only for Hispanic students…all students attending minority serving/Hispanic serving universities can apply.

HACU student training opportunities with all federal agencies (health and other)


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center—Fred Hutch has a partnership with NMSU.   Some NMSU professors engage in research collaborations with folks from the HUTCH.  You can search for this online at our NMSU website.

Educational Opportunities in cancer research