Cover Letters For Internships In Public Health

Food Research and Action Center
Washington, D.C. 20009

Dear Summer Internship Coordinator:

I am writing to express my interest in the summer internship the position in the Child Nutrition Policy Analysis division at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). I am a first year Master’s student at the Yale School of Public Health concentrating in Social and Behavioral Sciences. My goal upon graduation is to work in the field of nutrition policy, and an internship at FRAC would allow me to build new skills and network with experts in the field.

Prior to entering Yale I worked at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity where I contributed to important research and advocacy efforts. One of the accomplishments I am most proud of was the development and coordination of a project examining the cost-effectiveness of non-food and food fundraisers in Connecticut schools. In addition, I supported the New Haven Food Policy Council by researching, creating informational and strategic documents, and drafting a food policy for the City of New Haven.

Through coursework at Yale I have been immersed in policy evaluation and analysis.  For example, as part of a recent practicum experience I collaborated with the New Haven School Wellness Committee to evaluate the implementation of school wellness policies. I was introduced to the rigor and methods of evaluation and was fortunate to be invited to present my project at the most recent annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Additionally, I completed a policy analysis exploring Food and Drug Administration reform legislation currently circulating in Congress.

I am passionate about food policy issues and would love the opportunity to contribute to the important work at FRAC as a summer intern. Thank you for considering my application.


Lana Hawkins-Cohen
MPH Candidate

Sample cover letter for Full Time position at Local Public Health Institute



July 26, 2016

Dear hiring manager,

I am writing to apply for the Epidemiologist at local public health institute. I am a graduate with over seven years of combined work and education experience in Public Health and health research. I hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from University of Kentucky with emphasis on Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Preventive Medicine from a top 3 university in China. In addition, I also hold a valid Certificate in Public Health issued by National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Currently, I work for (******) and am responsible to perform data analysis and database development for a faculty-led project about (*****). I used to work as a research assistant in the biggest CDC in (******) for the Department of Infectious Disease; in this position, I supervised investigators and data entry assistants, oversaw program schedules, submitted program renewals to the funding agency and maintained administrative documents. In my previous position as a research assistant in the Department of Statistics at (***), I assisted multiple grant funded projects to perform dataset management, data manipulation and statistical analysis. As addressed in my resume, I also have over a year of full time experience at a Hospital setting and local community health center. Through these internship experience, I am able to assist with chronic and communicable diseases (Hepatitis and HIV) surveillance and report, health education and promotion target Obesity, field investigations and sample collections during occurrence of hands foot and mouth disease. While highly organized with excellent time management skills, I am also comfortable to communicate with people of various backgrounds and different ages.

Above all, I believe my skills and experience in Public Health would be a good match for the Epidemiologist position. It would definitely be a thrill to be able to bring my dedication to this position at (*****).

If you would like to learn more about my background, please feel free to contact me. I certainly will appreciate your consideration and the opportunity to meet with you.

Best regards,

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