Purpose

The major purpose of an internship is to provide you with a professional experience outside of the classroom that is consistent with your academic program and career goals.  Combined with the capstone component, it provides opportunities to gain in-depth exposure and understanding of your internship setting, apply what is learned in coursework to enhance academic and professional development, and to provide you with opportunities to network with health professionals.    

Goals
  • Provide relevant and practical professional experiences
  • Enhance understanding and application of health management, health education and/or public health principles, concepts, and procedures
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the specific environment of your internship site
  • Establish a professional network within the health care community
  • Develop professionally through on-site experiences:
    • Strengthen oral and written communication skills
    • Strengthen interpersonal skills
    • Strengthen problem solving skills
    • Engage in personal reflection
    • Further interactions with other professionals and interns

Internships are conducted in a professional work environment and must be approached as professional employment.  The internship provides an opportunity to further critical thinking in applying knowledge to practice.  If performance is outstanding it can possibly lead to employment, or, securing an important professional reference for future employment.