Population Health Internship

Health Promotion and Population Health Improvement

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s® (MHIF) vision is to create a world without heart and vascular disease. It’s our mission to improve the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.  Our vision will only be realized by placing a strong commitment on improving the health of individuals AND ensuring that the places we live, learn, work, worship and play support and promote healthy choices.

Our Population Health department conducts cutting-edge population health research to improve health, translates research into practice in clinics and communities, and disseminates our discoveries. The MHIF Population Health department supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in population health, health education and health promotion.

The internship program is designed to:

  • Provide interns with a professional experience in the field of population health improvement.
  • Expand the interns’ expertise in the area of population health improvement.
  • Utilize the interns’ knowledge and skills to support the work of the foundation and involve them as contributing team members.

Eligible interns will be the final semester/quarter of their undergraduate careers, or between undergraduate and graduate programs, or graduate students enrolled in an accredited health-related degree program.  Specific disciplines may include, but are not limited to: public health, health education, exercise science, nutrition and behavioral psychology. Candidates should have a strong interest in prevention and population health.


MHIF offers an internship in the summer, spring and fall semesters each year. Applications will be reviewed based on the following timelines:

MHIF has filled the summer internship position for 2018. Please consider applying for the fall internship.

  • Applicants notified early April
  • Internship runs June-August


Fall Internship:

  • Applications due June 1
  • Applicants notified early July
  • Internship runs September-December


Spring Internship:

  • Applications due December 1
  • Applicants notified mid December
  • Internship runs January-May


Due to the high volume of applications received, late applications are not accepted. Occasionally, the Population Health Department is conducting projects not appropriate for interns.  During these semesters, the internship program will not be offered.

Summary of Intern Responsibilities

The intern will report to the Population Health Program Manager, but will also work with others in the department. Individual student responsibilities will vary depending on their background and projects available within the internship period. Examples of specific internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participate in the planning and implementation of cardiovascular health and wellness programs, presentations, among others.
  • Create content for electronic communications, websites and social media channels.
  • Conduct data entry and basic data analysis and reporting.
  • Assist in conducting literature reviews.
  • Participate in specified Population Health Department activities and events.


Interns are expected to have basic skills necessary to complete these tasks, however, training will be provided on tasks that may not have been covered through coursework, such as the use of specific software programs or online applications.

Internship Schedule

Our internship accommodates a flexible schedule. The intern is expected to work 20 to 40 hours per week, during the normal office hours (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Office hours may vary and may include occasional evenings and weekends. The term of the internship can be modified to satisfy university requirements and individual situations.


The intern will be provided a pro-rated stipend of up to $1500 (if academic institution supports this).

Application Process

Interested applications should submit a cover letter and resume to internship@mhif.org. All required application materials must be received on or before the due dates listed above.

Following the application deadline, a program representative may contact you to review your materials and credentials and, if appropriate, arrange a personal interview. Interviews will be conducted to select the most qualified and suitable candidates(s) and will be performed in-person or by phone, depending on the availability of the student. Selection will be made based on the student’s background and experiences, communication skills, professional interests and enthusiasm, and on the projected needs and scheduled activities of the organization and department during the defined internship period.