Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

Applications for the 2016 Summer Internship Program have closed. New applications for 2017 will be posted on September 1, 2016


  • WHO: Rising college seniors pursuing dental school or a Masters in dental hygiene
  • WHAT: A 12-week paid summer internship experience
  • WHEN: May-September, depending on university schedules
  • WHERE: Oral Health America’s headquarters in downtown Chicago
  • HOW: Submit the Application Materials by the required dates to Christine Spencer at Oral Health America.

How to Submit Your Application

Submit via email: christine.spencer@oralhealthamerica.org

Submit via post:
Oral Health America
ATTN: Christine Spencer
180 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601

Application materials are due by November 30th. Professional letters of recommendation may be submitted later, but must be received by December 15th. Materials must be at the OHA office no later than these dates. We recommend you allow at least 5 business days for shipping of postmarked materials.

Internship recipients can expect to be notified in mid-to-late January about whether they have been selected.


Please contact Christine Spencer at christine.spencer@oralhealthamerica.org

Important Dates

Sept 1st: Internship application opens on oralhealthamerica.org

Nov 30th: DUE - All application materials must be received by OHA.

Dec 15th: DUE - Professional letters of recommendation must be received by OHA.

About the Bernard & Kathleen Beazley Summer Internship Program

Our 12-week paid internship experience engages students to be extensively involved in OHA’s work to improve the oral health of vulnerable Americans.

History of the Program

Oral Health America announced its first formal internship program at the Pre-Gala Reception at Navy Pier on February 22, 2012, and has had two interns every summer since May 2012.

The internship program was made possible by Bernard and Kathleen Beazley who, through a planned giving donation to OHA, provided the opportunity for two rising senior undergraduate students to gain a unique look into the world of public health dentistry and oral health leadership.

The 12-week paid internship experience allows the student to be extensively involved in OHA’s work to improve the oral health of vulnerable Americans across the entire spectrum of life. By working on specific research projects and communications initiatives, the intern will meet dozens of leaders in the oral health world in addition to making a meaningful impact on OHA’s programs and the people we serve.

What Our Interns Say About OHA

Jordan Brown "During my internship with Oral Health America I obtained a holistic view of the efforts established to minimize barriers between vulnerable populations and access to care. Health disparities are a legitimate concern for millions of people in this country and OHA is working its hardest to minimize these barriers. Oral Health America embodies the altruism that is needed in the world and the knowledge I gained from my internship with Smiles Across America will transcend my current capabilities as both a future-dentist and a human being."

-Jordan Brown, 2015 Beazley Summer Intern

Khristal Thomas“Oral Health America is a remarkable non-profit organization that stays true to its mission. This experience has equipped me with the necessary tools to tackle the disparities in oral health fearlessly.  The OHA team enhanced my ability to view dentistry not just from a science perspective; but enabled me to delve more into the realm of public health and how to contribute to creating that equal access to care for all. Being capable of contributing to OHA has ignited a fire for my professional endeavors; to continue to effectively provide an array of quality, accessible, and resourceful services that only dismantle the complications occurring in the dental world.”

-Khristal Thomas, 2015 Beazley Summer Intern

Oral Health America is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of Oral Health America to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.