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Title V MCH Internship Program

Information for State and Jurisdictional Title V Agencies

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The Application Process

The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center will accept applications for the Title V MCH Internship Program until November 15th, 2021. At least ten teams of MCH Trainees will participate in internships in Title V programs over the summer of 2022. Each two-person team will consist of a graduate MCH student (from a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health) and an MCH student from either an Maternal and Child Health Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Training Program or from an MCH graduate Public Health Catalyst program.

State and jurisdictional Title V agencies are invited to submit projects for student teams to complete over the course of 8-10 weeks during June and July of 2022.

Why apply to host a team of students as part of the Title V MCH Internship Program?

Enhance your agency’s capacity to complete a project or task:

    • Get help in moving a strategy forward, or in making progress on an activity that’s been on the ‘back burner’
    • Gain student support to design a survey, conduct key informant interviews, complete a literature review, analyze results of focus groups, or develop evidence for a strategic plan
    • Benefit from the leadership and professional development training provided by internship staff to Title V MCH Interns

“One staff member commented that they were some of the best students they have ever worked with. We are so pleased with the products they produced and hope they had an enriching summer as well.”

– Preceptor from Summer 2018

Identifying a project for a student team:

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of a project appropriate for students. In Summer 2022, your state or jurisdiction might want to consider projects related to implementation of your action plan, including your evidence-based strategies. Consideration of how projects address equity and how Title V can center equity and consumer/family engagement in its efforts is also important.

If you are having trouble fleshing out a project but know you would like to participate, please reach out.  We can set up a phone call to discuss how you can turn your ideas into a meaningful project for a team of MCH student interns for the summer of 2022.

    • Do you need help with stakeholder interviews, focus groups with key constituencies, or gathering additional secondary data beyond what is provided to you by MCHB?
    • Which evidence-based strategies are already started? Is help needed to move a particular strategy along? Do you need a plan for one aspect of a strategy? An evaluation plan or implementation plan? A mini-needs assessment? A review of what other states are doing?
    • Which evidence-based strategies are on the back burner because you don’t have the resources you need to get them started? Are there any strategies for which you need to collect background information, gather evidence from the peer-reviewed literature, or seek input from stakeholders and/or partners?
    • Is there a project or series of projects related to one of the National Performance Measures that need(s) to be jump-started? Could you use a team of MCH students to help you design a survey, conduct key informant interviews, analyze results of focus groups, or develop the evidence for a strategic plan, etc.?



Expectations of Title V agencies hosting students for the Title V MCH Internship

    • Student teams will participate in at least one collaborative well-defined project at the agency.
    • Students may participate in additional individual projects as time, resources, and interest allow.
    • At least one preceptor will be available to meet with student teams on a regular basis. This might mean that a team of preceptors is established due to the need to accommodate busy schedules and summer vacations.
    • Title V staff will provide students with an orientation on the agency/Title V program before the end of their second internship week.
    • Students will be given opportunities to attend a variety of meetings and events taking place at the Title V Agency and/or with partners of the Title V Agency.
    • If students will be expected to interview stakeholders or partners, arrangements are made ahead of time to ensure that students are supported in this process.
    • Students will be provided with access to the resources needed to complete their projects.

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Please contact Gabriella Masini at with questions.

Additional Details

Internship Dates

The program starts on June 6 and will last 8-10 weeks. States and jurisdictions should propose either an 8 week or 10 week internship starting on June 6. Students are expected to work full-time. The 2022 program may be in-person or virtual, depending on the needs and requirements of the agency and the needs and availability of the student.

The internship must end by August 12, 2022.


  • Applications are due no later than November 15, 2021.
  • By December 2021, state and jurisdictional Title V agencies will be notified if their project moved to the second phase of review.
  • The student application period is January 5—February 4, 2022.
  • State and jurisdictional Title V agencies will be informed of decisions by mid-March 2022.

Housing and Stipend

If the internship is not virtual, student interns will be expected to secure their own housing and transportation. Student interns receive a stipend for their participation.


Submission Process

 Review the following documents:

 Accepted Projects (PDF):

 Connect with Title V MCH Internship Program staff for support to fine tune project if needed.

 Submit an application online.