Check out CURRENT INTERNSHIP opportunities!
What is the MPH internship?
The internship is a pass/no pass 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. According to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), all graduate professional public health degree students must demonstrate the application of public health concepts through a practice experience that is relevant to the student’s area of specialization. This experience is planned, supervised, and evaluated throughout the semester of the internship.
What are the requirements of the MPH internship?
In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 240 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship. Students cannot start the internship prior to the first day of classes, and must have all hours in by the last day of class for that semester. Learning objectives for the internship must be set based on the MPH School-wide and departmental competencies relevant to the student's course of study. As a practice-based experience, the student should also have opportunities to engage with other professionals and participate in activities that will advance their public health career potential. Therefore, the experience should not be heavily focused on administrative tasks or research.
The following documents are required as part of the planning and evaluation of the internship:
- Internship Description and Agreement (Filled out by the student; signed by the student, faculty advisor, & site supervisor)
- Student Midpoint Meeting Form (and confirmation of meeting from faculty advisor & site supervisor)
- Final Student Evaluation of the Internship Experience
- Student's Final Paper
- Student's Final Internship Poster and attendance at internship poster session
- Site Supervisor Midpoint and Final Evaluations of the student intern
Where do students find internship opportunities?
Students can apply to internships coordinated through the school, or they can identify their own opportunity. Students are encouraged to first review posted internships coordinated through the school. Opportunities coordinated through the school will be posted in Dragon Trail, UAB’s Career Management Site. In order to apply in Dragon Trail, you will need an approved resume. Below is a list of current opportunities. You may click on each one to review the internship, but you must apply in Dragon Trail.
My organization is interested in having a MPH intern. What do I need to do?
Thank you for thinking of our MPH students! Please go to www.soph.uab.edu/interntrack/internrequestform and complete the Intern Request Form. After submitting the form, Emily Tubergen, the MPH Internship Coordinator, will contact you to follow up on the opportunity.
What are "Impact Internships"?
The Impact Internship Program is sponsored by the Alabama Public Health Training Center and the South Central Public Health Training Center, both part of the South Central Public Health Partnership. The program provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop public health skills while assisting agencies in our partner states—Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi—in their efforts to assure a fully prepared public health workforce for the future. To be chosen as an intern, students must be enrolled in a university located in one of the partner states and pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in Public Health. Students will receive stipend payment provided by Training Center funding. UAB students interested in applying to these funded opportunities need to apply through Dragon Trail. Click HERE for more information.
For more information, please click on the link to the left that best fits your role with the MPH Internship experience.