Student Opportunities

RAships, Deployments & Student Technical Support Positions

The Center funds 2-4 RAships (including one doctoral student), ~15 Center-funded deployments and ~4 time-limited or project-specific student technical support positions. Announcements about opportunities are typically made available mid- to-late Summer, and shared via the MCH student listserv. Deployments that come up throughout the year are advertised in our monthly MCH student eNewsletters and via the listserv. Due to funding restrictions, Center opportunities are strictly for UMN MCH students. 

Important 2021-2022 dates and deadlines:
  • August 4, 2021: Application deadline (unless otherwise indicated on the job description) 
  • August 5-13, 2021: Site supervisors have completed interviews and made offers 
  • August 14-18, 2021: Center and/or site HR and payroll paperwork completed by students, supervisor and Center director
  • August 30, 2021: Fall start date 
  • January 12, 2022: Fall end date
  • January 13, 2022: Spring start date
  • May 29, 2022: Spring end date

Other paid University positions can be found on the UMN’s Human Resource job site and the UMN SPH job board.

Emerging MCH Leaders Skills Institute

Launching in Fall 2021, the Institute will build MCH students’ professional skills and MCH competency knowledge. 

Maternal and Child Health Student Interest Group (MCHIG)

The MCHIG was created for students to have a space to discuss MCH related topics, issues, and get involved with community service. Any UMN student with an interest in MCH is welcome to join! 

Please email sphmchig @ for more information or to join.

The National MCH Trainee Blog

The student-led national MCH Trainee Blog is promoted by the Center. It helps connect MCH students from all thirteen HRSA-funded COEs and five Catalyst Programs by providing an outlet for them to share their research and community engagement experiences.

Monthly posts are written by students on one of the 12 MCH competencies, which provides concrete examples of students’ knowledge and skill sets around a specific core competency. The blog also provides links to MCH leadership competency assessment and trainings (through the Navigator), to resources (such as CoE student groups and MCHB’s Trainee Ambassador Group), and to webpages and resources.

Email mchlead1 @ if you’re an MCH student interested in contributing a post and creating a stronger national network of future professionals.

MCH Orientation

Center students, faculty and staff look forward to providing MCH students with an orientation to the Center, and sharing resources available exclusively for MCH students, during the MCH Program orientation in August/September 2022!