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Programs Internship

How to Apply

Click here to apply to complete the Programs Internship application.


Safe Kids is currently accepting applications for the Programs Internship from current undergraduate and graduate students interested in contributing to public health and child health initiatives in the areas of home safety, play safety and road safety. The Programs Team at Safe Kids Worldwide develops programs and initiatives to engage communities in childhood injury prevention through education, awareness and environmental changes. We collaborate with our members and partners around the world to implement programs that provide education and resources to families, influence behavior change and impact child safety.

This is an on-site internship where interns will actively learn how injury prevention research is applied to public health practice, contribute to program development activities and participate in collaborative education and awareness efforts. The Programs Internship is a hands-on experience with the opportunity to work alongside a passionate team of public health experts in a fast-paced, nonprofit setting.


The internship will be in-person at the SKW office in Silver Spring, MD. Safe Kids is a part of Children's National Hospital and are required to go through the hospital onboarding process, which includes a background check and drug screening. Interns will be expected to adhere to a weekly schedule and to participate in routinely scheduled meetings and calls both in-person and via digital channels (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Zoom).

Time Commitment

Internships require a minimum 3-month commitment. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to be part of a part-time or full-time internship during the Spring, Summer or Fall semesters. This is an unpaid internship, although on-site interns may qualify for a metro stipend and are able to earn academic credit as determined by the regulations of their university's academic office.


While internship projects vary by term, interns generally have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about current child injury trends, programs and initiatives in specific injury risk areas
  • Conduct background research for health education/health promotion programs across injury risk areas, in the U.S. and/or internationally through literature reviews and environmental scans; assist with summarizing program data
  • Learn how to conduct listening exercises with the Safe Kids network to better understand their programmatic efforts and how they engage families and partners in injury prevention educational activities
  • Contribute to the development of health education and health promotion materials and tools
  • Participate in program meetings and planning sessions; support general Safe Kids Worldwide and Programs Team activities
  • Potential to contribute to a Safe Kids blog on an injury prevention topic or related intern experience


  • Detail-oriented work style
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaborate with a team
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and sythesizing programmatic information
  • Experience in health education, health promotion, program development and planning a plus
  • Desire to learn about public health program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Background or demonstrated interest in public health and/or social sciences
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint preferred
  • Ability to participate in scheduled team check-ins and meetings virtually (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Zoom)

About Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood injury, the number one killer of children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an unintentional injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of members of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns poisonings and more. To learn more, visit

Internship Terms

Click the application link at the top of the page to apply.

Applications are typically reviewed on a rolling basis for the following semesters:

  • Spring Term (February-May)
    • Tentative start date: 1st week of February
  • Summer Term (June-August)
    • Tentative start date: 1st week of June
  • Fall Term (September-December)
    • Tentative start date: 1st week of September

Number of positions: 3