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Step 1: Successfully complete PHSC 1.
Step 2 (**Required only for those students following the new Public Health Science curriculum introduced in Fall 2013. Other students go to step 3). Enroll in/successfully complete PHSC 139 (2 units) prior to, or concurrently with, your internship. (Enrollment in PHSC 139 after completion of internship is not recommended). This course will help you identify what to look for in an internship, how to apply for internships, and what to expect/how to get the most out of your experience. (*Steps 2-4 can be completed simultaneously).
Step 3: Identify possible internship opportunities. Resources include: online searches, personal networking, SCU Career Center, and the SCU Public Health group on LinkedIn.
Step 4: Discuss options with any Public Health Science Faculty member to determine if the internship is appropriate for the PHS requirement..
Step 5: Submit filled out and signed Public Health Internship Approval form to email@example.com for final approval PRIOR TO THE START OFYOUR INTERNSHIP. You will receive confirmation of receipt via email.
Step 6: Complete a minimum of 100 hours of approved internship activities.
Step7: Ask your supervisor to send an email to the Public Health Program at firstname.lastname@example.org verifying that you have satisfactorily completed > 100 hours in an internship with their organization.
Step 8: Prepare a written summary of your internship experience and submit it to the Public Health Program at email@example.com by the appropriate due dates. This paper will document your internship and help you examine and reflect upon the experience. This will serve as a valuable resource for you when applying for jobs, professional schools, or graduate programs.
Essay Instructions (~ 4 - 6 pages):
Part 1 - Summarize (1) the position you held; (2) the organizational and community context you worked in, (3) the goals of the internship, (4) the activities you engaged in, and (5) your major accomplishment(s).
Part 2 – Reflect on how the internship addressed learning objectives of the PHS major :"Students will actively engage with real-world public health problems in order to: (1) develop critical thinking capacity for the analysis of complex problems that require creative, integrative solutions; (2) nurture ethical awareness and sensitivity to social justice issues inherent in the health disparities facing underserved populations and communities; and (3) develop communication and leadership skills that will enable students to productively address pressing public health issues in their community.
Deadlines for Reflection Essay Submission/Internship Hours Confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Santa Clara University Food & Agribusiness Institute
The Food & Agribusiness Institute’s “Real Cost of a Healthy Meal” project is a long-term study started in 2011. Interns will research the ability of low-income individuals to purchase “healthy” foods by USDA guidelines with their food stamp allotments through interviews, diet analysis and food cost surveys. The internship will not only allow interns to improve their understanding of the links between public policy, economics, health and social justice, but it will also influence their ability to communicate, increase their working knowledge of Excel, and expose them to database software. Also, it is a paid internship!
Here is a link for more information