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Careers at Iowa HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a mission-driven organization that works every day to provide high quality programs and services that protect and improve the health and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. Come work with an agency that truly makes a difference!
Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. (Hearing and Speech Impaired – Relay Iowa 1-800-735-2942 TDD). HHS values those with lived experience and encourages foster youth, people in recovery, foster parents and/or parents who were in the HHS system to apply.
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The Iowa HHS internship program offers undergraduate and graduate college students an opportunity to gain work experience in state government. Interested in a possible internship with Iowa HHS? Fill out the Internship Application! If any opportunities become available, your application will then be reviewed by the department.

Please note that all internship opportunities found on this page are considered "unpaid." Paid internships, in addition to internships with other state agencies may be found on the Department of Administrative Services website at and also on the Iowa State Hygienic Lab's website at


Workforce Development

Iowa HHS is committed to a workforce with diverse skills and perspectives, experience with underserved populations, a willingness to learn, cultural humility, listening skills, and competencies required to effectively understand and address health inequities. The department actively works to identify and address knowledge gaps through ongoing workforce training and development. The Public Health Workforce Development Plan is part of these efforts.

The Workforce Development Plan also addresses the changing demographics of the workforce, the challenges of retaining employees and the need for orienting new, incoming employees. The department has a formal orientation system for all permanent new hires. Research shows a quality orientation of new employees increases retention rates, increases engagement and decreases the time for the employees to become fully productive.