Summer Internship Opportunities

The application for our 2019 Summer Internship is now closed.

  • WHO: College graduates interested in pursuing dental school or a Master's in a related field, such as dental hygiene or public health
  • 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: [email protected]

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

Application materials are due by November 30. Professional letters of recommendation may be submitted later, but must be received by December 15. 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 March 2019 about whether they have been selected.


Please contact Christine Spencer at [email protected]

Sept 1: Internship application opens on

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

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

About the OHA 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The internship program was originally made possible by Bernard and Kathleen Beazley who, through a planned gift to OHA, provided the opportunity for two rising graduates to gain a unique look into the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

Erika Baker, 2016 Summer Intern

"My time at Oral Health America was truly life-changing. From my first day, I was engulfed in the public health issues facing dentistry. I was able to see, firsthand, the scope of need that exists in our nation. I gained a better understanding surrounding the importance of Oral Health America’s mission through involvement in various projects during my internship. From oral health education to advocacy and accessibility, OHA taught me how valuable and impactful public oral health can be.

My internship at Oral Health America increased my interest and passion in the many facets of total health, and I look forward to embarking on my journey through dentistry with the knowledge and skills Oral Health America afforded me."

-Erika Baker, 2016 Beazley Summer Intern

Steven Gabriel, 2016 Summer Intern

“Working for Oral Health America was the perfect opportunity to combine my interest in public health with my passion for dentistry. The skills I’ve gained as an intern with OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project will serve as a valuable asset to me in all of my academic, professional, and personal endeavors. By directly witnessing OHA generate a resounding impact in communities throughout Chicago and across the nation, I’m motivated more than ever to embody the organization’s mission. Through the work I conducted with the incredible team, I now have a greater understanding of the most pressing issues in modern dentistry. The endless opportunities at Oral Health America enriched my prior dental experiences, deepened my appreciation for the profession, and provided me with life-long colleagues.”

-Steven Gabriel, 2016 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.