Health Education and Promotion majors and minors prepare themselves to function professionally in a community setting through university courses and practical experiences. The primary purpose of the internship program is to provide opportunities for students to become acquainted with the role of the community agency, organization or industry in promoting community health.
The internship provides students with on-site work experience which assists them in developing entry-level job skills, and increasing knowledge about health education as it occurs within community agency operations.
Students join a community health agency as staff members (paid or non-paid) and are expected to function professionally in an effective manner while learning from the opportunities provided.
Experiences in the classroom, field experiences in the community, and communication with a wide range of people from varying backgrounds and age groups help prepare theundergraduate students to meet the challenges of the times and to realize their own potential as aprospective health educators.
For more information check out the internship handbook, and frequently asked questions below, or contact Internship Coordinator Sarah Gremer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions and answers about the internship program:
It is each student’s responsibility to secure their internship. Students will receive guidance and assistance at each step of the process, in HSC 495, and in
consultation with the Department of Nutrition and Health Science Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Gremer. These steps include but are not limited to:
- identifying internship requirements
- evaluating possible sites
- developing a resume/cover letter
- preparing for interviews
- honing professionalism
No, as long as the internship has been approved by the Internship Coordinator and appropriate agency personnel.
Typically no. It is more difficult to find a paid internship. However, some level of "stipend" may be offered at some agencies.
In order to enroll in HSC 479, (6 cr. hr.), health science majors must have taken a minimum of 25 credit hours in health science, and must earn a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 in the following health science courses:
- HSC 200
- HSC 210
- HSC 220
- HSC 310
- HSC 344
- HSC 387
- HSC 388
- HSC 487
- HSC 494
Additionally, the student should plan to complete HSC 495 1-2 semesters prior to their internship.The internship itself will be completed the last semester before graduation, typically in Spring or Summer semester.
The internship is completed in 360 clock hours. The internship must be completed in one semester.
The internship typically lasts 11-14 weeks.
Interns earn 6 creditsin HSC 479.
Yes. The Department of Nutrition and Health Science Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Gremer, makes the first contact to determine interest of the agency. Students then schedule an appointment for the interview. Approvals of an internship site and position must be granted before interviews may take place.
Business clothes are preferred.
Yes. It is most appropriate to send a thank you note regardless of whether or not you intend to complete the internship at the agency. It is also necessary to inform the university Internship Coordinator about your intentions regarding the prospective internship.