Public Health Internship

Public Health Internship Application


It is never too early to start planning for your internship. A mandatory informational meeting is held each semester after midterm for students who plan to intern the following semester. Students who will be completing their internship during the fall should attend the spring internship meeting. During the meeting, students will be given information about the application process and reminded to sign up to take the ETS Proficiency Profile prior to signing up for the internship if they have not already done so. You must contact Dr. Deborah Gibson to schedule your HHP/Public Health Exit Exam. You must take the Exit Exam prior to signing up for your internships.


Applications must be approved and liability insurance purchased before students may be enrolled. The front HHP office will register students for the internship after all paperwork is received.


Internship Application: Begin with Complete form and submit, when submitted the form will go to the proposed supervisor for their approval, if approved the form will track back to the HHP office. You must contact the proposed site prior to completing and sending the agreement form. You will need to attach a current resume to the application form before it is sent.


Students must purchase liability insurance prior to beginning the internship. The insurance fee is $20 and the insured period runs from June 1 - May 31. If you plan to complete your internship during the summer, you must wait until June 1st to begin the internship, or you will have to purchase the insurance twice. Click the following link to see the process for purchasing liability insurance.


The Public Health Internship provides students with the opportunity to put into practice those educational theories and skills learned in the classroom. We are committed to ensuring a quality, beneficial experience for both the student and the participating organization.


The internship is designed to help students:

  1. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the roles, duties and responsibilities of full-time professional in public health;
  2. Expose students to professional organizations and associations;
  3. Encourage participation in public health activities on local, state and national levels;
  4. Provide students with leadership and professional development opportunities;
  5. Give students an opportunity to participate in program planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs within various health-related agencies and organizations;
  6. Help establish professional contacts and references through networking.

Internship Requirements/Expectations

Completion of all program coursework with a C or higher (no concurrent enrollment).


Internships must be located at a primary public health agency whose work reflects best practices and theory-driven research in public health. The majority of the work must be public health-based and directly related to the 10 Essential Public Health Services and the emphasis specific competencies.

Ten Essential Public Health Services and Health Promotion Competencies

The internship must align with at least one (1) of the 10 Essential Public Health Services and at least one (1) of the 7 Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators.

10 Essential Public Health Services

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
  2. To create a job environment to facilitate the intern’s growth and development in their responsibilities and duties.
  3. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
  4. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  5. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
  6. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  7. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  8. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  9. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce
  10. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
  11. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators

  1. Assess individual and community needs for health education
  2. Plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  3. Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  4. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
  5. Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  6. Serve as a health education resource person
  7. Communicate and advocate for health and health education
    Source: National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

The internship consists of 400 hours of work experience with your internship agency in addition to coursework completed through Canvas.