Internship Requirements

Graduate Requirements

  • Students must have completed at least 1 semester of study in the School of Public Health
  • 168 hours minimum (departments may have additional requirements) 
  • Internship Registration and Search Process including signed expectations packet
  • Pre-departure Learning Plan or Agreement per departmental guidance
  • Self-Evaluation

Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Behavior Health Education, and Nutrition required a poster and presentation on the internship experience in the fall of their second year. These departments also offer a credit reduction reflecting hours completed.

Detailed information about requirements and paperwork components can be found in the Heights. Authentication required

Suspension of Internship Requirement

Due to extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, we have suspended current internship requirements for public health students pursuing internships for summer 2021.

What does this mean?

  • Students graduating in April 2021 and 2022 will not be required to do an internship.
  • Students may opt to do an internship experience this summer or during the academic year.
    • (see departmental guidance for additional information on using optional experiences for credit reduction and/or fulfilling Applied Practice Requirements)
  • Internships and project-based activities may be completed remotely.
  • International students completing either or both should still consult with the international center regarding CPT (Curriculum Professional Training) visas.

Applied Practice Experience (APEx)

Many internships will also fulfill an APEx curriculum requirement. The APEx experience can be met through one or multiple experiences and can occur throughout the student's time in the degree program.

In addition to the above requirements, and APEx will:

  • Thoughtfully engage a non-academic practice partner
  • Connect to public health or departmental competencies
  • Product (or 2) useful to community member which integrate public health competencies.

Additional information regarding the APEx requirement found here.

Departmental Requirements

The internship and applied practice are important parts of your curriculum and therefore each department has unique . Your department will provide you with guidance in identifying internship resourrequirementsces and understanding program requirements. Should you have questions, your department Program Coordinator or internship can help you to ensure all criteria are met and proper steps are followed.

International Students

Any time a student on an F1 visa is engaging on projects/work/products outside of the classroom (e.g. APEx, internship, student organizations, class projects, etc), they should be consulting with the International Center to ask if a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) visa is necessary. 

For questions regarding your Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Visa, please contact the International Center at least one month before your internship begins

For additional information and guidance see the internship requirements page on the HeightsAuthentication required