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Student Internships

All Bachelor of Science students majoring in public health and Master of Public Health students are required to complete an internship project with a community organization. As a component of the Academic Health Department, MEZCOPH faculty and staff partner with health department personnel to support mutually beneficial internships for both students and health department staff. For more information on MEZCOPH’s internship requirements, download the Powerpoint presentation: AHD Internship Training.ppt

To advertise your internship through the College’s listservs and websites, please submit your internship description using our online internship template. For more information about developing an internship description or program through your health department, contact Emily Waldron at ewaldron@email.arizona.edu.

Every semester, the Academic Health Department offers internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Details regarding the internship requirements and application process is posted on the hub for public health students. Additionally, the Academic Health Department has opportunities for student interns majoring in areas besides public health. E-mail Emily Waldron at ewaldron@email.arizona.edu for more information.


Fall 2020 Academic Health Department Interns

Sabrina Enriquez

Kendra Claridge

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health, Health Systems Theory and Practice Emphasis
Role with the Academic Health Department: I work with MEZCOPH with establishing an Academic Health Department with Graham County and also assist in updating the website and organizing all infographics created by previous interns.
Dream Job: Hospital administrator or some public health job involving administration
Fun Fact: I have 22 screws and 2 titanium rods in my spine.


Sophie E. Baygents

Shannon Storms

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: Infographic/ Communications Developer
Dream Job: Public Health Registered Nurse
Fun Fact: My heritage is from the Netherlands and I love bicycles


Rachel Larson

Esmeralda Chavez

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health, Global Health Emphasis
Role with the Academic Health Department: I am working with the Yuma County Health Department to create an array of health-related graphics for various populations
Dream Job: Working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Fun Fact: I have a dog named Rooster


Briana Hidalgo

Jassmin Castro

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: I am working with Pinal County Health Department to formalize an Academic Health Department partnership. I am also working on content for COVID-19 messaging. 
Dream Job: My dream job is to work in a county health department. 
Fun Fact: I love baking desserts!


Summer 2020 Academic Health Department Interns
Sabrina Enriquez
 

Sabrina Enriquez

Year in School: Senior
Major: Graphic Design
Role with the Academic Health Department: I am working with MEZCOPH faculty to develop materials in order to better support my community with Covid-19 messaging.
Dream Job: My dream job is to work at a design firm.
Fun Fact: My dog’s name is Sandwich :)


Sophie E. Baygents

Sophie E. Baygents

Year in School: Senior
Major: Graphic Design in the College of Fine Arts
Role with the Academic Health Department: I am a design intern creating infographics for the re-opening of the UArizona.
Dream Job: Designer for a personal care product company or a cosmetic brand.
Fun Fact: I can play the alto saxophone!


Rachel Larson

Rachel Larson

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: Graphic Design, creating COVID-19 graphics.
Dream Job: Working for the CDC
Fun Fact: I love to outdoor rock climb!


Briana Hidalgo

Briana Hidalgo

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: I am creating a picture book that addresses COVID-19 for children in grade kindergarten-second grade.
Dream Job: My dream job is being able to work in maternal and child health.
Fun Fact: I have a small dog named Ela and a bird named Ari.


Mia Sterenberg

Mia Sterenberg

Year in School: Senior
Major: Business Management
Role with the Academic Health Department: Focusing on Greek Life and COVID-19 prevention
Dream Job: Playing an important role in the managerial side of a business.
Fun Fact: The University of Arizona was the first and last college I toured before deciding I wanted to be a Wildcat!


Haredo Mohamed

Haredo Mohamed

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health, Concentration in Environmental Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: MEZCOPH Academic Intern Working on Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
Dream Job: Public Health Professional
Fun Fact: I love cooking and trying new foods


Cristina Gomez Padilla

Cristina Gomez Padilla

Year in School: Senior
Major: BFA in Studio Art with Emphasis in Design
Role with the Academic Health Department: Working as an Intern to help create graphic content to respond to the COVID-19 crisesThis internship has been very exciting because I am working in a completely different field than I had before. It feels good to help and be part of the graphic design interns for the College of Public Health.
Plans After Graduation: Probably going to grad school
Fun Fact: I can sneeze while I'm running and not stop.

Spring 2020 Academic Health Department Interns
Luke Roberts

Luke Roberts

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health, concentration in Health Systems Theory & Practice
Role with the Academic Health Department: I help plan and organize the Academic Health Departments 2020 Summit.
Plans After Graduation: After graduating in May I hope to attend an accelerated nursing program.
Fun Fact: I adopted a PitBull named Ron!


Miranda Zaragoza

Miranda Zaragoza

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: Assist in planning and organizing networking events such as the AHD 2020 Summit.
Plans After Graduation: Go to graduate school and pursue a Masters in Health Administration.
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Southeast Asia this winter!


Janitza Morones

Janitza Morones

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: Intern.
Plans After Graduation: Search for a Public health related position, preferably at a non-profit or maybe even a hospital. The goal is to also apply to MEPN or any other nursing programs.
Fun Fact: I am obsessed with F.R.I.E.N.D.S !!!!


Alison Johnson

Alison Johnson

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health and a minor in Nutritional Sciences
Role with the Academic Health Department: I work with the AHD planning committee and other interns in the preparation and planning of the Academic Health Department Fall 2020 Summit. I am currently networking with tribal health departments and colleges within Arizona to plan the AHD Summit.
Plans After Graduation: After I graduate in May, I plan to secure a job within my hometown on the Navajo Nation before applying to a graduate program. I am hoping to work in my community as a health educator to gain the knowledge and experience needed while working in Public Health.
Fun Fact: I run in Ultra Marathon’s and am hoping to do a second one in September!


Kate O Driscoll

Kate O'Driscoll

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Management and Policy with a minor in Nutritional Sciences
Role with the Academic Health Department: I work with faculty at MEZCOPH to develop infographics for mini-public health school presentations. The purpose is to focus on learning objectives within the faculty member's research and present them in a way that is "simple" to understand. I think this is a very important step in connecting science with policy making.
Plans After Graduation: After graduation in May, I hope to secure a job in health policy in either the Midwest or East Coast. Eventually, I would like to get my MPH.
Fun Fact: I was born in Cork, Ireland!


Shukri Nageye

Shukri Nageye

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health, Concentration in Environmental Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: I work with faculty at MEZCOPH to support the creation of an AHD in Santa Cruz County.
Plans After Graduation: After graduation I plan to take a gap year and find myself a stable job in public health in Minneapolis and apply to the University of Minneapolis for an MPH.
Fun Fact: I am trilingual; Somali, Arabic, and English.


Hawo Muhina

Hawo Muhina

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health Emphasis Health Promotion
Role with the Academic Health Department: Planning and organizing events to strengthen connections between Cochise County and MEZCOPH.
Plans After Graduation: My plan after graduation is to attend graduate school at the University of Arizona and pursue my masters in Maternal and Child Health.
Fun Fact: I like photography and outdoor activities.


Catrina Caltagirone

Catrina Caltagirone

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: Intern.
Plans After Graduation: Masters in Nursing.
Fun Fact: I am from San Francisco.


Maxwell Allen

Maxwell Allen

Year in School: Senior
Major: Communication with a Minor in Public Relations
Role with the Academic Health Department: I help coordinate meetings between MEZCOPH faculty and Pima County Health Department staff to develop learning objectives and infographics for the mini-public health school.
Plans After Graduation: I would like to move to Portland and spend my first few years working for a PR agency. Eventually, I want to do “in-house” PR for an entertainment or video game company.
Fun Fact: I am an avid traveler and photographer.


Fall 2019 Academic Health Department Interns

Elizabeth Richardson

Elizabeth Richardson

Year in School: Senior
Major: Studio Art with an emphasis in Illustration and Design
Role with the Academic Health Department: Elizabeth develops infographics for the mini-public health school. Elizabeth says interning for the AHD “ has been a very educational experience meeting different people and putting their research into a visual learning piece.”
Plans After Graduation: After she graduates in December, she plan to continue working in graphic design at an adverting agency.
Fun Fact: Elizabeth has visited over 25 states in the United States.


Zoe Bacaam

Zoe Bacaam

Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health with a minor in Spanish and Biochemistry
Role with the Academic Health Department: Zoe works with faculty and staff at MEZCOPH and Pima County Health Department to develop learning objectives for the mini-public health school. She loves to help with creating “great presentations about public health!”
Plans After Graduation: After Zoe graduates in May, she plans to purses an MPH and eventually a PHD in Public Health, hopefully Epidemiology or Health Promotion. She would love to do research and maybe become a professor.
Fun Fact: Zoe’s favorite kind of food is any kind of noodle (ramen, pasta, pho- I like it all)


Amarachi Obi

Amarachi Obi

Name: Amarachi Obi
Year in School: Senior
Major: Public Health, concentration in Global Health
Role with the Academic Health Department: I help give tours of MEZCOPH to Pima County Health Department staff as well as assist in organizing networking events that take place after the monthly College-Wide Seminars. I love getting to meet and network with new people and getting experience with program development.
Plans After Graduation: After graduating in December I hope to take a 1.5 year break before graduate school and secure a job in Public Health in Tucson. I also would love to potentially start a Girl Scouts troop to help inspire young girls within my community!
Fun Fact: I am learning my 4th language at the moment, French!

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