MPH Internship

All MPH students are required to do an internship. The MPH internship enables students to participate in real world public health projects and research through local, national and international placements. It is also an opportunity for students to clarify their professional goals and to evaluate their career options. Both the Office of Career Services and the Office of Public Health Practice each play roles in assisting students with the summer internship process. The Office of Career Services helps students with the search process, funding and how the experience can fit into their professional plans. The Office of Public Health Practice evaluates and assists students in fulfilling both the internship and practice requirements.

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Finding an Internship

Yes. The summer internship is a degree requirement for all MPH students except for those in the Advanced Professional MPH program. AP students must fulfill the MPH practicum requirement by taking one of the three approved public health practice courses offered during the academic year. (Please see the Practice Requirement Guidelines for course offerings.)
A summer internship should help you define your overall professional goals. Successful searches start early and a good first step is to meet with a Career Services staff member. Important resources to take advantage of include: internship postings on CareerBoard; the Employment Resources section of this website; a list of prior internship placements, Office of Public Health Practice; faculty; second year students; and YSPH alumni.
It can take several months to find a good internship and work out the details related to your project, travel, etc. It is recommended that first year students begin the process during the fall semester.
The internship needs to be one project of at least ten weeks of full time work in a public health setting.
No, and this is what makes the search process exciting. YSPH students intern all over the world and the US, in all different types of organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Every organization has its own recruiting etiquette but most organizations require a resume and a cover letter. Some will also require references and a writing sample. Need help with your resume and cover letter? Check the Career Essentials link of this website (link) to get started.


Some student interns are paid by the preceptor agency; others are not. Only students doing unpaid internships can apply for funding.
There are a number of funding sources available at YSPH and elsewhere at Yale University. The Office of Career Services will conduct workshops early in the spring semester to help you navigate the funding process.
Funding applications generally consist of a 1 -2 page proposal and a budget. Deadlines vary and start in February. 
No. In order to apply for funding you need to have a specific, well-defined project.
No. The application process is streamlined so that you submit one application to be considered for any source of funding that is appropriate for your internship project.
We try very hard to provide funding for as many students as we can. It is not possible to guarantee funding for every student, or to guarantee that funding will cover the full budget for the project.
You will be notified of funding decisions in early April.
If you do not receive funding or your budget is partially met you will need to either personally finance your project or choose a different internship.

Meeting Internship Requirements

The Office of Public Health Practice offers special workshops during the spring semester to provide hands on support to students in developing their internship work plans. One-on-one assistance is also available upon request.
April 30: Student work plans are due in the Office of Public Health Practice for review and approval. 
September 15: Student’s Evaluation and Final Report are due. 
September 15: Preceptor Evaluation is due.

Important Dates

February - Attend one of the mandatory internship meetings

February - Attend one of the funding workshops

March 26  - Funding applications due

April 30 - Student Work plans due

September 15 - Student Evaluation and Final Report due

September 15 - Preceptor Evaluation due