Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP): The Next Generation of Leaders
Since 2004, the national Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) has played a vital role in mentoring and inspiring a new generation of occupational health and safety professionals.
The program has grown substantially over the past decade and has successfully responded to workforce changes by recruiting a diverse group of students who have different academic and technical skills and who speak the languages of the workers involved in their projects.
OHIP is housed within the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics and has training sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, New York City (for graduate students only), New Orleans and Marshfield, WI. Additional sites may be added in 2016.
Read the article published in The Atlantic reporting on the investigation of 2015 OHIP intern Teni Adewumi.
“OHIP students bring a lot of energy, focus and intelligence to their projects. It’s great to watch them work well with stakeholders and become excited about what they are doing to help prevent a workplace injury or illness. For many it’s a life changing experience,” commented OHIP mentor and supervisor David Harrington from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Occupational Health Branch.
“My expectations for the project were exceeded,” said intern Cassandra Porchas. “I am grateful I had the opportunity to gain access to so many worksites with the help of the participating unions and with the efforts of my site supervisor. There was never a dull moment.”