The public health internship is one of the most exciting components of the public health major! This is a chance for students to start narrowing down what you want to do when you graduate, gain experience and start networking.
There are two types of public health internships for credit:
1. HPS 493A - This is the 6 unit (250 contact hours) required internship course. Students can elect to complete this internship over two semesters (for 125 contact hours/3 units of enrollment each semester).
2. HPS 493B - For upper division elective credit. This internship can be completed for 3 (125 contact hours) or 6 units (250 contact hours).
Before students will gain access to the required documents to enroll in internship units, they must watch an internship orientation video and complete the orientation worksheet. The internship orientation video will be available on this website each semester for students who plan to enroll in internship units for the upcoming semester. Students must watch the video and complete the worksheet the semester before their internship experience, even if they have viewed an earlier version of the orientation video.
- Watch the Public Health Internship Orientation Video (coming in mid September for Spring 2019 terms)
- The accompanying Internship Orientation worksheet (also coming soon) must be completed while watching the video.
- Once the worksheet is complete, students should then submit it to Stephanie Springer, the Internship Director.
Completion of the internship orientation video and associated worksheet does not constitute registration in the internship course (HPS 493A/B). Students who submit the associated worksheet will be added to a Desire2Learn (D2L) course which will provide them access to the required documents and additional resources. Students also use this D2L site to submit course enrollment paperwork.
In order to be eligible to enroll in your required internship:
• You must have already applied and been accepted to the professional Public Health major
• You must have completed HPS 350
In order to be eligible to enroll in the elective internship units:
• You must have HPS 178, HPS 200 and six other public health units completed
Tips for Identifying an Internship
Students are responsible for finding and negotiating the specifics of their own internships. Students have found success in securing a public health internship by following the steps below.
- Viewing the internship orientation video the semester before you want to complete your internship as tips for securing an internship are discussed in the video. Complete the associated worksheet and submit to Stephanie Springer, the Internship Director. Upon watching this video and submitting the form, students will be added to the Internship D2L site, where they will have the opportunity to access additional resources for searching for and securing an internship.
- Google health topics that interest you and your preferred location (for example, “Tucson” or “Oro Valley”). Select health topics that match your personal and career interests (for example, “HIV” or “occupational health”). Click on the search results to learn more about potentially relevant organizations.
- The organization’s website is very helpful to see if it matches your interest. It helps you learn more about the organization (mission, goals, programs or activities they do that you could potentially do as an intern).
- Contact the organization to connect with someone who could be your preceptor (aka, site supervisor at the agency). Discuss with the possible preceptor about what type of internship experience they could provide (health promotion, epidemiology research, addressing health disparities, etc.). If your initial discussion seems promising, ask about next steps to secure an internship experience at their agency. In addition, work with the preceptor to fill out the required University/College internship paperwork (found on the Internship D2L site).