Public Health Internship Program for Minority Students

The Mount Sinai Environmental Medicine Internship Program for Minority Students is a short-term training opportunity in environmental and occupational health. If you are a minority student interested in the biomedical sciences, we invite you to apply. The Program's multidisciplinary focus allows you to explore your interests while participating in cutting-edge biomedical research in New York City. We provide individual career counseling, guidance, and support during the internship.

This program is funded by the the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of National Institute of Health.

As an intern, you participate in multidisciplinary research projects in environmental and occupational health. Past projects have included:

  • Lead mobilization in pregnant women
  • P53 mutations in a mesothelioma cell line
  • Integration of health indicators and TRI data in a geographical information system
  • Intracellular effects of camp in breast cancer
  • Digital genotyping of the HRAS-1 variable tandem repeat locus
  • Development of an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier
  • Extraction of organochlorides from whole blood collected in capillary tubes
  • Genetic susceptibility to lead-induced blood-brain barrier damage
  • Analysis of recruitment rates in a breast cancer study
  • Rates of hospital admission for asthma and socioeconomic factors in NYC
  • Calcium supplements as a source of lead intoxication
  • Dietary study of quercetin-containing food in 9-year-old girls of different ethnicities
  • Transfection of endothelial cells to form a blood-brain barrier
  • Determining the effect of pyrethroids on Erbb2, Erbb3, and Erbb4 gene expression
  • Co-culture of astrocytes and endothelial cells as a model of the blood-brain barrier
  • Neurobehavioral effects of lead in mice polymorphic for ALAD
  • Quantitative study of flavenoids and breast cancer risk in three ethnic groups
  • Research and instruction strategies in environmental health sciences
  • Accumulation of lead in edible plants
  • Chelation therapy for lead in genetically susceptible mice
  • Identification of adhesion molecules in the blood-brain barrier in vitro
  • Measurement of mercury in contaminated homes
  • Health disparities and socioeconomic status in the United States
  • Attitudes about environmental health and asthma in East Harlem
  • Overcoming barriers to occupational health in Latina Immigrant Women
  • The relationship between health disparities and socioeconomic status
  • A school-based intervention program for asthmatic students

To apply, you must be:

  • A minority underrepresented in the sciences as per the following NIH definition:
    • African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or rural Appalachian.
  • A U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident.
  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from BA, BS, MA, MPH, or other master's level program. A recent graduate is defined as one who has obtained a degree no earlier than May of last year.
  • Willing to commit a minimum of 12 weeks, full time. There is also a possibility of re-appointment to 24 weeks.


Please submit the following documents to

1. Application Form
2. Current resume/CV
3. Personal statement (1-page maximum, instruction can be found on the application)
4. Statment of your past research experience (1-page maximum, instruction can be found on the application)

Please include "Public Health Internship" in the email subject line

Applications are accepted at any time and start dates are flexible. 

For all inquiries, please contact us at 

Many of our dedicated Faculty serve on advisory committees and as mentors for our Environmental Medicine Internship Program for Minority Students.