Students & Emerging Professionals

Career Tips and Opportunities

I Just Graduated. Now What?

This recording from the NEHA Membership Committee provides tips and best practices for finding a job in environmental health.

Intern taking water sampleInternships

NEHA supports developing students seeking a career in environmental health by providing two types of internship programs and a working committee that focuses on student engagement in the environmental health workforce. 


Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university, with a dedicated and recognized curriculum in environmental health sciences, are eligible to apply for the NEHA/AAS Scholarship. The scholarship program aims to encourage early commitment by students to pursue a career in environmental health.


NEHA staff have compiled this list of free and low-cost training opportunities ranging from leadership to hazardous materials and more.

NEHA Membership

The benefits of NEHA membership for students and emerging professionals include:

  • Making connections with environmental health professionals
  • Access to training and resources to help build your career
  • Being one of the first to see new research and practices in the Journal of Environmental Health
  • And much more

NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition

The NEHA AEC & Exhibition is an excellent opportunity for students and young professionals to:

  • interact with experts in the field
  • learn more about possible career paths
  • make valuable connections
  • attend sessions tailored specifically for them
  • attend an exclusive Students Welcome reception

Students are eligible for a special student rate that also includes a one-year membership with NEHA.

NEHA Poster Presentations

  • Students can submit a poster that displays their research, interest, or area of study.
  • Poster sessions allow students to interact with professionals in the industry.
  • In 2022, there is the option to display your poster in-person in Spokane, Washington, or virtually during the live conference. 

Submit a poster 

Academic Programs

  • The National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) is the only nonprofit organization in the U.S. that accredits stand-alone environmental health academic programs. EHAC is a widely respected and rigorous accreditation that benefits both schools and students. 
  • Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) works to increase the environmental health workforce by promoting and supporting environmental health science programs accredited through EHAC. AEHAP also supports environmental health students by providing resources and scholarship opportunities.