Public Health Internship

The Public Health major requires students to complete an internship (PUBH 480). PUBH 490 is a pre-requisite course to help students identify potential internship sites, as a culminating experience, students on the fall 2020 term for Public Health must complete PUBH 480, a 9-credit, 400 hour internship. Students must have completed all major requirements and a concentration as a pre-requisite for PUBH 480. Please make certain to review the procedures in the Practicum-Internship Manual  (pdf) before beginning any internship program.

Students must complete the following steps prior to starting the internship experience as hours will not be eligible to count towards the internship without complete submission of materials:

1. On-site Practicum/Internship Job Description and Supervisor Resume

This is the most important step for the student prior to completing any paperwork for preparation of the internship. All internships must be approved by the practicum director, Jim Amell, to ensure it will meet the requirements for the course as established by the University. A job description is required. The job description must include: specific tasks, activities or responsibilities of the student intern; an identified timeline of the internship; and contact information for the agency supervisor. Once reviewed/approved by the practicum director, the student may complete the preparation materials for the internship noted below.

Practicum director for Fall, Spring, and Summer Public Health Practica: Jim Amell, jamell@purdue.edu

2. Liability Insurance

After a student has accepted an internship position, the student must apply for and pay fees ($13/year) to obtain Purdue University internship liability insurance. This can be done through the Public Health Business office in Matthews Hall, room 217. This is the responsibility of the student.

3. Student Application Form

Students will be required to complete the Student Application Form, located in the Practicum-Internship Manual, and submit it with a receipt of liability insurance to the practicum director. The Student Application Form requires signatures from the student, the agency preceptor and the practicum director.

4. Registering for the Internship

Once students have completed all the arrangements for an internship as described above, they may register for PUBH 4800 (Professional Work Experience) with their academic advisor. Students must be signed into the course by the practicum director prior to registering for PUBH 4800.

All other internship coursework will be submitted via Brightspace after course registration.

Internship Materials