Health, Society and Policy Internship

The Health, Society and Policy internship (HSP 5800) allows students to earn upper-division credit for experience working in a health related setting and, while optional, it is highly recommended. The internship is designed to give you "hands-on" experience in an area of health care that is of interest to you. It is an excellent way to apply what you've learned in the classroom to a real world setting, and builds your job skills for future employment. If you are interested in completing an internship, you should first talk to the advisor.

Resources for Finding Internships

Internship Requirements and Details

  • Internships should be health related.
  • Students can register for up to 6 semester credit hours of internship (up to 3 credits per semester, 2 semester maximum). Each semester credit hour equals 3 hours of internship work per week. So, to earn 3 credit hours of HSP 5800, you must work 9 hours per week at the internship for an entire semester.
  • You are required to make your own internship contacts and find your own internship placement. If you are not sure where to start, contact the program advisor for guidance. You may be paid for the work and still receive credit hours. If you already work in a health related setting you might be able to negotiate an internship at your job. Keep in mind that the goal of the internship is to learn something new, so it must consist of an extra project and/or hours above and beyond regular working duties and hours.
  • Before registering for HSP 5800, you must consult with the academic advisor and submit in an internship prospectus to the HSP directors for approval.
  • HSP 5800 can only be taken as credit/no-credit. Students must satisfactorily complete the required internship hours and write a 5-6 page report describing the experience and its relevance to both classroom learning and the student's career goals. Upon completion and approval of both the internship and the required report, a grade of "credit" will be given for the internship.

Internship Approval Guidelines

In order to register for an internship (HSP 5800) you must have an internship prospectus approved.

Your prospectus should include the following information:

  1. Your name, UNID, email address, and phone number
  2. Place of proposed internship
  3. Name and address of institution
  4. Name of specific department (if applicable)
  5. Name of position (if there is a title for what you will be doing other than "intern," please indicate so)
  6. Name of internship supervisor, title, and contact information (email address and phone number if possible)
  7. Credit hours requested (up to 3) and hours of work per week at internship
  8. Describe the proposed internship, including the following:
  • What is the main goal for you in the proposed internship?
  • What is the relevance of the proposed internship to your career goals? What is the educational value of the proposed internship, i.e., how do you think it will reinforce your classroom learning and what do you hope to learn that you haven't in the classroom?
  • Do you have any previous experience in this area? Is this an add-on to duties you already perform in a paid job? If so, how is this internship  different than and in addition to them?

   9.  Signature (dated) of internship supervisor indicating he or she is willing to supervise your internship

Previous Internship Placements:

The following are some of the places students have completed internships in the past few years:

  • 3M Health Information Systems, Marketing and Communications Department
  • American Red Cross
  • ARUP
  • Behavioral Health Strategies of Utah
  • Birthing the Future (Bayfield, Colorado)
  • CHRISTUS Health, St. Joseph Villa
  • Consulmed Incorporated
  • Family Support and Treatment Center (Orem, Utah)
  • Heart and Lung Institute
  • IHC Dayspring, Chemical Dependency Adolescent Counseling
  • IHC Memorial Health Center
  • Intermountain Injury Control Research Center
  • LDS Hospital Laboratory
  • LDS Intermountain Health Care, Physical Therapy Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic
  • Mountain West Gastroenterology, Colon Cancer Screening
  • Oquirrh View Community Health Center
  • Planned Parenthood of Utah
  • Pleasant Grove Fire Department
  • Private Practice Dental Office
  • Salt Lake City School District Home Visitor Program
  • Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
  • St. Marks Physical Therapy
  • Uintah Basin Medical Center (Roosevelt, Utah)
  • University and Sugarhouse Family Health Centers
  • University of Utah Department of Exercise and Sports Science
  • University of Utah School of Medicine, Dermatology Department
  • University of Utah School of Medicine, Neurobiology and Anatomy Lab
  • University Pharmacy
  • Utah Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, University of Utah Hospital
  • Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health Systems
  • Utah Department of Health, Office of Indian Health
  • Utah Valley Dialysis
  • Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Newborn Intensive Care Unit
  • UVSC Anatomy Cadaver Lab
  • VA Medical Center Dermatology and Rehab Outpatient Clinic
  • Utah Health Policy Project
Last Updated: 10/3/16