Summer undergraduate student working with scientist at IEH.

Undergraduate Internships

OHSU Institute of Environmental Health (IEH) undergraduate internship program offers college students the opportunity to work with scientists performing leading-edge environmental health research. Interns work closely with senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students on interdisciplinary projects ranging from physical and biogeochemical oceanography, molecular biology, analytical chemistry, marine genomics, ocean engineering, and computer science.  Past interns have incorporated  their research into senior theses, presented at national conferences and have been listed as co-authors in peer-reviewed publications.   IEH undergraduate internships uniquely prepare students for IEH graduate degrees and related degrees elsewhere.
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K-12 Programs

IEH believes the long-term care and sustainability of a healthy environment and healthy communities is a broad societal understanding of the challenges facing our environment.  The IEH K-12 outreach and education program seeks to develop and increase educational pathways focused on environmental science and technology.  Through fun classes and internships, K-12 students have multiple opportunities to discover and explore the connection between the health of the environment and the health of people.  Whether it is training the next environmental scientist or an environmentally savvy population, education is key to the sustainability of our future.
Learn more about the K-12 programs

Broadening Participation

IEH is intently committed to increasing the participation in science, technology and education of traditionally underrepresented populations. Broadening participation in all Institute activities brings unique strengths and experiences to solving complex environmental challenges and is an essential part of the Institute’s culture.

While we strive to broaden participation with all populations, collaborating with Native American tribes and organizations is integral to the mission of the Institute.  For centuries, tribes have played an important custodial role for our environment and failing to work with them and other tribal organizations would be inconsistent with our interest in a healthy environment.  We are interested in bringing together the strengths of Western science and Traditional Ways of Knowing to bear on the complex environmental challenges we currently face and to mitigate the problems of the future.

Sponsored by CMOP, The Honorable Elizabeth Furse, former U.S. Congresswoman frequently presents on Tribes, Treaties and Natural Resource Management to students, faculty and staff across CMOP and the Oregon Health & Science University. In her talk, Hon. Furse discusses general fundamentals of Indian affairs public policies that include treaties, land, natural resource management and their importance to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. She shares her perspective about the role of science and research, and how scientists can best engage with American Indian/Alaskan Native communities as we work together to address environmental health disparities for tribal people.

View a video of her seminar