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The internship, a one-credit field placement (CH180) is an integral part of the Department of Community Health. It is designed to offer second semester juniors and seniors a "hands-on", structured work experience in the diverse field of community health. Students work in hospitals, clinics, public health or government agencies, community-based organizations, consulting or tech firms, or research institutions. Students work at their sites on a variety of projects spread over 150 hours throughout the semester while receiving regular, weekly supervision from their direct supervisors. The time commitment is equivalent to about 11 hours per week during the fall and spring semester and 14 hours per week during the twelve-week summer session. Additionally, interns attend five meetings on the Medford campus which offer group and individual supervision throughout the semester with members of the Department of Community Health.
The internship program is designed to enable both the agency and the student to mutually benefit from the experience. As interns, students are expected to make positive contributions to the agency. In return, placements offer students valuable opportunities to try out new work roles and to interact with diverse professionals in the health fields. Community Health students provide services such as: client advocacy and outreach, health screenings, constituent services, policy analysis, health education, data collection and analysis, research design and implementation, program development, planning, evaluation and much more.
The Community Health Internship provides an opportunity in a structured learning environment to set and evaluate personal and professional goals and objectives. In addition, students receive regular on-site supervision (one hour per week) and a final performance evaluation from the site supervisor. During the course of the semester, the CH Internship Administrator will be in touch with the site supervisor to ensure that both the student and the agency are satisfied with the placement.
In order to find the best fit for the internship experience, students have found that it is important to be in the Boston area during the prior semester to conduct a thorough search, set up multiple in-person interviews, and utilize the resources in the CH Department. Additionally, students can arrange to meet with Pamela Schoenberg Reider, Internship Administrator, for support and guidance at any time. If you know you will not be in the Boston area during the semester prior to your internship, consider switching CH 180 to a different semester.
Learn more about funding resources for internships.
Learn more about internships for international students from the I-Center website.
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