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The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) provides opportunities for students to engage with multidisciplinary prevention research and practice projects. Students may work on projects in areas such as cardiovascular health, obesity, and diabetes; cancer prevention and control; children’s health; health equity; healthy food access; nutrition and physical activity; rural health; and more.

While working or interning with HPDP, students will be supervised by a HPDP faculty or staff member. Specific responsibilities will vary by project, yet all interns will have the opportunity to participate in applied research or public health practice to address pressing health problems facing our society. A variety of types of opportunities may become available, including unpaid internships, practicum experiences, work study positions, and paid opportunities. The types of opportunities and projects accepting students vary throughout the year.

Current Opportunities

Information on current opportunities is listed below. For more information on a particular opportunity, reach out to the individual listed in the posting.

SNAP Outreach Assistant Position with the Carolina Hunger Initiative

Date Posted: 11/15/23
Who: UNC Chapel Hill graduate student
When: Spring 2024
Position: Part-time SNAP Outreach Assistant, approximately 10 hours/week, $20/hour
Project: The Carolina Hunger Initiative is partnering with the UNC Graduate School to improve food security among students. The SNAP Outreach Assistant will work with the Carolina Hunger Initiative and Graduate School to compile information, develop resources, and identify channels for sharing resources and information with graduate students about SNAP/FNS. 
Apply: Complete the application form where you will be asked to upload a copy of your resume/cv and provide a brief description of why you are interested in the position and any relevant skills or experiences you may have.
More Information: See the SNAP Outreach Assistant Position Description or contact Jessica Soldavini, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN at


Summer Internship with UNC Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group

Date Posted: 4/12/2023
Rising Senior (graduating 2023-2024) UNC-Chapel Hill Students
When: The internship is somewhat flexible but is expected to last 8-12 weeks between mid-May and early August of 2023.
Position: Summer Research Intern
Project: The UNC Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group (CHWRG) is offering a research internship* for a UNC student (rising Senior 2023-24) from an historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group, or a 1st generation college student. CHWRG conducts innovative obesity prevention research designed to improve child diet and physical activity, the development of a healthy weight, and social-emotional health of children and their caregivers. New work focuses on promoting physical activity in older adults. The purpose of the internship is to provide hands-on research experience for an undergraduate student who may be interested in a career in public health. During the internship, students will have the opportunity to participate as a team member in conducting community research, have 1-on-1 experiences with staff at various stages of the research process, and engage in learning experiences connected to the work we do. 
please send an email to with each of the following (as attachment(s)).

  • Short statement/letter (-300 words) about why this is of interest to you
  • Note hybrid or fully remote preference and why
  • Resume or CV
  • Names and contact information for 2-3 references

More Information: See the UNC Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group Summer Internship Opportunity Description or contact Regan Burney (


Research Assistantship with the UPSIDE Team

Date Posted: 11/23/2022
UNC Chapel Hill graduate and undergraduate students
When:  Ongoing
Position: Part-time research assistant, 5-10 hours/week, (volunteer or work-study; limited paid opportunities), hybrid (weekly in-person meetings)
Project: The UPSIDE Team is accepting a research assistant interested in self-regulation intervention and evaluation research from a positive youth development framework. This research assistant will work with a team of undergraduate and graduate students and research staff under the supervision of Dr. Desiree Murray to assist with current federally-funded projects that are 1) adapting the Be CALM mindfulness-based social-emotional program for middle school counselors, 2) evaluating a trauma-informed training and coaching intervention for Head Start teachers, and 3) examining day-to-day influences on adolescent wellbeing and coping utilizing ecological momentary assessment. Student tasks may include preparing data collection materials, tracking data collected and creating data summaries in excel, and other data entry and management tasks. Opportunities will be provided to participate in trainings and other activities to support research skill development. 
Please contact and send a resume.
More Information: The UPSIDE Team


Internships with the Carolina Hunger Initiative

Date Posted: 10/21/2022
UNC-Chapel Hill Students
When: Fall, Spring, Summer
Position: Unpaid internships and practicum experiences
Project: The Carolina Hunger Initiative works to increase access to healthy food year-round for North Carolinians. Interns may help projects related to areas such as nutrition education, school and summer meals programs, and food insecurity among college students.
 For information on how to apply for current opportunities, contact Jessica Soldavini.
More Information: Carolina Hunger Initiative Interns and Students