Masters Level Internship Funding Program

Request for Proposals


Deadline: March 15, 2021


Internships can be an excellent means to prepare for a future career in global health. Acquisition of hands-on, applied experience in the field can often make the difference in qualifying a young professional for a global health job. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Overseas internships are not feasible, so the Office of Global Public Health (OGPH) at the School of Public Health will support remote student research, applied service, management, and policy internships as a means to develop important global health skills and competencies. 

Because of the flexibility and generosity of our donors, the Office of Global Public Health is proud to expand the availability of funding during the current COVID-19 pandemic (summer 2021) for remote internships to MPH students who will engage in projects in the U.S. involving migrant and immigrant populations. 

Students can seek funding for remote internships with traditional global health partners OR with domestic partners working with migrant or immigrant populations. Domestic internships must be with organizations that provide services to substantially immigrant or migrant populations, or are located on the U.S.-Mexico border, and address health issues that are specific to that region.

Because the internship requirement has been suspended and it is unlikely that travel will be possible for summer 2021 internships, we are extending the application deadline to March 15, to give students more time to identify appropriate internship opportunities and gather the required information and documents. A letter of invitation from either a domestic or overseas organization is required, but the travel itinerary and budget are not required for remote internships. A flat amount, still to be determined, will be provided to all successful applicants. 

Since there is no requirement to complete an internship this year, the OGPH will not fund proposals to travel, should State Department and University travel restrictions be lifted prior to the internship season.

The Office of Global Public Health is responsible for SPH School-level awards for internships in global health. We have a great interest in supporting internships that present a significant opportunity for students to learn and grow. We have identified several factors that will strengthen a request for funding. They include internships:

  • with a well-established project, particularly but not limited to those at an institution or agency with an existing relationship with the School of Public Health, or other schools and colleges in the University of Michigan;
  • that will offer substantial mentoring and guidance from UM faculty and/or mentors at the partner organization;
  • that offer the student an opportunity for further growth and new experiences and an opportunity to gain solid skills and experience;
  • that show evidence that the student can successfully operate in any necessary language(s) to function successfully;
  • that show evidence of ongoing interest in global health such as successful completion of courses in Global Health offered in the School;
  • that show evidence of application to several sources of funding

Historically, we have supported internships in low-, middle-, and high-income countries and expect to continue this practice remotely. We will also, for 2021 only, support internships with organizations serving migrant or immigrant populations. At the same time, we are particularly interested in focusing on efforts that contribute to capacity building in low- and middle-income countries or at the U.S.-Mexico border.

To be considered for support, internships must be a minimum of 6 weeks in duration, of full  time effort. Depending on the mix and quality of applications received, we will, to the extent feasible, distribute funds equitably among SPH departments; over various regions; and in support of as many different projects as possible.

Travel will not be supported this year.

There are several potential sources for funding in the School and larger university: we encourage you to apply for funds from your Department and from other University offices and programs. Our application includes questions on whether you have applied for and/or received other funding. Sharing your costs between two or more funding sources will enable us to distribute our resources, supporting more opportunities in Global Public Health. After you have submitted your application, you are required to inform us at if you receive other award(s) from any source within one week of your being so notified. Failure to provide such timely notification may result in your GPH funding reward being rescinded in its entirety.

Applications, including both the online form and the supporting documents (see below), must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on March 15, 2021. Your application will not be considered complete until all documents are uploaded, and you submit, by clicking the "submit" button.

Completing the Application

After completing the online application form once it is available in December, you must upload the following documents in pdf format:

  • a two page statement of purpose, including your specific role in the work project, who will provide your day-to-day supervision, and what you expect to learn or accomplish
  • a letter of invitation to the project or program
  • UM SPH transcript (unofficial)
  • Your CV or resume
  • travel itinerary (not required for 2021)
  • budget, using our template (not required for 2021)

You must complete the application by the deadline, but you do not have to complete it in one sitting, as you can log back in to continue your work. Once the application is submitted, it cannot be changed.

Apply Now

Please consider attending the Global Public Health Funding Proposal Workshop (event details to come) for more details on application requirements and help planning and assembling a strong application. Office of Global Public Health staff will also announce "Office Hours" sessions designed to assist you in developing a viable internship, budget, or proposal. Dates and space is limited – so please watch the weekly e-newsletter for those dates and details. We are not able to review complete finished proposals.

If you have applied to a formal internship that will not notify prior to the March 15 proposal deadline, you may still apply. Funds can only be applied to the internship described in your funding proposal. See the SPH Office of Global Pubilc Health NGO Internship Funding webpage for instructions.