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PHPM Home > Internship Program > ISDH Available Internship Opportunities ISDH Available Internship Opportunities

Below are a list of current opportunities available at ISDH.  Please be aware that availability can change at any time without notice.  Many internships with ISDH are for graduates students.  Occasionally some undergraduates may be accepted.  For more undergraduate opportunities please see a listing of local health departments who are open to accept interns.  Please forward your resume along with the Internship Application and Health Student Intern Questionnaire.


Information Security Internship

Timeline: Spring, Summer 2017; 1-2 interns for each session

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant work toward graduate degree in computer science or related field; recent graduates with Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science ore related field will be considered
  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal requirements, specifically HIPAA, PCI, and Sox
  • Familiarity with common Web Application Security risks (e.g. Cross Site Scripting, SQL Injection, Authentication and Session Management)
  • Microsoft Office skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project, and Outlook)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with IT and business units
  • Ability to administer information security programs including risk assessments, audits and forensic research, developing policies, gathering metrics, and reporting status
  • Technical security resources as it pertains to reviewing and recommending vulnerabilities assessments
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision (i.e. self-motivated and willing to stretch to meet important deadlines)
  • Ability to work successfully in a cross-functional team environment
  • Ability To multi-task, prioritize and be detail-oriented
  • Strong team player in a dynamic environment


  • Perform security audits, risk analysis, and manage corrective action implementation and tracking of corrective actions or remediation strategy
  • Assist in developing security awareness materials, security presentations, and information security training sessions
  • Monitor and track security incidents to remediation
  • Perform security reviews on projects and applications

Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief not explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at .  Supervision will be under Andrew Thomas. 


Epidemiology Resource Center/IT

Availability: 2

Time Line: Spring 2017

Student Skill Requirements:

  • Proficient with one or more of the following: ASP.Net, VB.Net., C# or other widely used applications development tool
  • Have knowledge of database concepts and some experience in Oracle DB
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with multiple and fluid demands
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain effective and professional working relationships with internal and external customers, and vendors

Job Description: This position will provide intermediate level technical support for the Epidemiology Resource Center with their epidemiological data.  This position is responsible for mapping form fields to data fields in the database, answering ad hoc data requests from the disease epidemiologists, conducting quality assurance testing of the systems upgrades.  This position will work as part of a development team as well as independently on projects.  Knowledge of data design is highly desired.   Below is a summary of responsibilities:

  • Mapping out form fields to data fields
  • Writing queries and/or creating views to extract data
  • Any other data related tasks
  • Provide assistance in system testing for upgrades to the application
  • Report progress to a supervisor on the team

Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief not explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at .  Supervision will be under Forrest Gaston. 


Vaccine-Preventable Disease - Epidemiologist Internship Opportunity

GPA Preferred: 3.0

Time Line: Summer 2017 (accepting applications January of 2017)

Student Skill Requirements: Candidates will be graduate level students pursuing a degree in public health or a related field.  We are looking for candidates that have statistical analysis experience and at least a basic understanding of vaccine-preventable diseases.  Additionally, we would prefer who has a demonstrated interest in epidemiology and/or program planning.

Job Description: The intern will be located within the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC), and work alongside the Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist to experience working on case reporting, investigation, and outbreak response.  The intern would have the opportunity to actively participate in the following routine activities:

  • Conducting daily VPD surveillance using the Indiana National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (INEDSS).
  • Contributing to social media messaging related to infectious disease epidemiology
  • Reviewing and closing out investigations for reportable vaccine-preventable diseases using INDESS
  • Using SAS to identify trends in disease prevalence and underlying factors and to develop tools for more efficient data analysis
  • Completing outbreak reports and other outbreak reports and other outbreak-related materials if needed
  • Contributing to website content and development for the vaccine-preventable disease sections of ISDH ERC website

In addition to the day to day activities, the intern would contribute to the ISDH ERC by completing a project during his or her time at the state.  The intern may choose from the several possible project ideas listed below to work with the ISDH preceptor to determine another appropriate project:

  • Develop SAS code to efficiently produce reports for required Immunization grant data
  • Assess completeness of electronic surveillance data for vaccine-preventable diseases, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop a program plan to execute proposed changes
  • Identify gaps in case reporting between INEDSS and the emergency department syndromic surveillance system (PHESS) for vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Evaluate provider and local health department use of various platforms to consume and inform VPN surveillance and outbreak investigation and determine opportunities for improved collaboration and communication

Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at .  Supervision will be under Mugha Golwalkar in our VPD division.


Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention

Time Line: Fall 2016

GPA Requirements: 3.0 preferred but not required

Student Skill Requirements: Candidates will have completed or plan on completing, but not limited to: Health Communication, Health Provider-Consumer Communication, Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation and Healthcare Marketing, Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics I and II and course work utilizing SAS.  We are looking for candidates that have a desire to work with both data and quality improvement in supporting hospitals becoming verified trauma centers.  The candidate should have a strong writing skills, Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) knowledge, Microsoft Excel experience, and quality improvement skills.

Job Description: All hospitals with emergency departments and rehabilitation facilities have the statutory responsibility to report their trauma related data to the Indiana Trauma Registry via ImageTrend (the state's data repository vendor).  The intern will work alongside the Database Analyst Epidemiologist and Trauma System PI Manager to compile trauma data quality reports to ensure data accuracy, help develop EMS statewide, district-specific and traumatic injury reports, create monthly ITN quizzes and calculate results, compile articles for the Division's monthly newsletter and attend meetings accordingly.

Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at .  Supervision will be under Katie Hokanson in our Trauma and Injury Prevention Division.


Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission Internship

Time Line:  Spring 2017

Job Description: Intern will work primarily with Research and Evaluation department of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission (TPC).  The internship will involve the completion of data analysis projects and/or communication tools to enhance TPC’s ongoing surveillance and evaluation activities.  Potential projects may include:

  • Analysis of Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey data to assess trends in youth tobacco use
  • Analysis of Indiana Tobacco Quitline service data to assess service utilization and outcomes
  • Secondary analysis of TPC datasets to assess tobacco use, cessation, and related health outcomes among populations disparately affected by smoking
  • Develop tools to enhance the accessibility and communication of tobacco-related surveillance data, Indiana Tobacco Quitline service data, and/or program evaluation data
  • Assist with data entry and analysis tasks; media clipping, coding, and archiving; as well as other ad-hoc tasks as needed
  • Student Skill Requirements:
  • Graduate-level student pursuing a concentration in epidemiology or a related field preferred
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex survey data
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) and analysis of large data sets preferred
  • Strong written communication skills

Supervision will be under Lauren Milroy in our Research and Evaluation division. Interested applicants please send an updated resume and a brief note explaining why you are interested to the Office of Public Health Performance Management at



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