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. The Office of Career Services and the Office of Public Health Practice each play important roles in assisting students with the summer internship process.
The Office of Career Services manages all aspects of the internship process that relate to the student’s career development and professional plans. These include career counseling; helping students contact potential internship sites; giving students the tools they need to conduct a successful search for a position (resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing, etc); helping students apply for and secure internship funding; and guiding students in thinking through how the internship fits into their post-graduate professional plans. In addition, the Office of Career Services works to build relationships with domestic and international employers to create internship and employment opportunities for YSPH students.
The Office of Public Health Practice manages all aspects of the academic requirement that students complete both a summer internship and a public health practice experience. This includes developing and implementing practicum guidelines and standards; determining the appropriate content of work plans and evaluation forms; helping students modify work plans if necessary; communicating with preceptors and faculty advisors while the internship is in progress; and determining whether a specific internship qualifies as a public health practice experience, or whether the student will need to take an additional practice course prior to graduation.