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Internship Opportunities Through SCSU

Monday, October 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jon Noel
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Contact information:Dr. Stanley Bernard, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Internships, Department of Public Health
Email: Phone: 203-392-7304

Summary of Internship Placements Undergraduate Internships:
270 hours ▪ Graduate Internships: 150 hours

Fall semester (15 week)20 to 30 students  Undergraduate & graduate
Spring semester (15 weeks)30 to 40 students Undergraduate & graduate
Summer session (10 weeks beginning in May or July)15 to 20 students  Undergraduate & graduate


How do students find their internship placements?
Students find internship placements independently. Direction is given by a list of prior placements and current opportunities, maintained by the internship coordinator. The coordinator and other faculty members send announcements of internship opportunities to students through the department’s listserve. Students must have an interview with a prospective agency to ensure an appropriate match.

What is the host agency expected to provide for the intern?
The host agency is expected to provide appropriate space and resources necessary to complete assigned tasks. Students are instructed at a formal internship orientation meeting to be sure to ask the agency what materials are necessary for successful completion of the internship and ascertain that they will be provided.

What are the requirements for someone to serve as a preceptor?
A preceptor for MPH interns must possess a graduate degree in public health or an appropriate, related discipline, as well as at least two years of relevant experience in the field. (Individuals with an appropriate bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience may serve as preceptors for BS interns.) The preceptor preferably will have previous experience supervising student interns and should anticipate remaining at the agency for the duration of the intern’s placement. Preceptors also should have a genuine interest in working with students, and the time needed to provide sufficient supervision and mentoring to the student intern.

What are the requirements for an organization to serve as a host agency?
Host agencies must provide services relevant to the public’s health. We welcome placement opportunities from a wide variety of traditional community health organizations, as well as from those in which public health is an important, though not primary, activity.

What paperwork is needed to request an internship placement, and what are the approximate due dates?
Internships can be requested on the one-page form, presented on the back of this page. Agencies may submit internship descriptions at any time.

What paperwork is required during the internship and what are the approximate due dates?
Preceptors sign an Internship Application and an Internship Description Form, prepared by the prospective intern. The agency also must submit an Administrative Statement of Approval, signed by an authorized agency representative. The preceptor completes mid-semester and final reviews of student performance, and submits an evaluation of the internship experience. Throughout an internship the preceptor has access to an assigned University supervisor and the coordinator of internships for communication about all relevant issues.

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