The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, located in Lawrence, Kansas, is working to build and preserve a strong and healthy community. Our focus is to improve the health of our community by sharing health information, developing and providing expertise on evidence-based public health strategies and providing leadership for community collaboration that promotes health in all programs and policies.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is the governmental public health entity for Douglas County. With a staff of 42 people, varieties of public health services are provided — from clinical services to home visitation to enforcement activities. Additional information, including annual reports and the agency's strategic plan, can be found online at
The primary assignment for student interns will be in the Health Department's Community Health program. Students receive a broad orientation to the work of public health, are expected to formulate a project area of interest along with learning objectives, and identified areas for growth (i.e. presentation skills, data analysis, writing, etc.). As applicable, students attend staff meetings and participate in agency team meetings related to their assignments. Examples of possible areas of involvement include collating and analyzing program data, assisting with quality improvement processes, designing and implementing health education activities and presentations, providing support services and/or participating in community meetings and preparing grants or other documents. Interns are exposed to the many areas of public health practice, including opportunities to shadow agency staff. The most successful student service experiences have been those where the student has a keen interest in learning and a willingness to try something new. Being flexible with assignments as well as articulating personal areas of interest helps the agency meet the student's learning needs. At the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, we are committed to preparing the next generation of public health workers.
If you are up to the challenge, apply for a service opportunity.