The Health, Society & Policy Internship (SBS 5900) provides an opportunity for students to earn upper-division credit and gain valuable first-hand experience working with a local agency that aligns with the student’s professional interests. While optional, internships are highly recommended.
Why do an internship?
- Workforce: Employers are more likely to hire college graduates who have some work experience. Getting work experience before graduation is one of the best ways to get a competitive advantage in the job market. Internships also give you networking opportunities and a source for letters of recommendation. Some students may find that the internship facilitates professional networking that may lead to an employment opportunity.
- Grad School: Graduate schools often look for leadership, project management or client exposure experience to which students may tailor their internships. It’s an essential way to make your application stand out.
When to do an internship?
Don’t wait until the last semester of your senior year to think about an internship. Junior or senior year are good times to complete one, but start planning now. Some require advance applications and if you wait until your final semester, you may miss the application deadlines. Many students complete two internships before graduation.
How to get an internship?
Students are required to make their own internship contacts and find their own internship placements. Students may find an internship independently, or they may work with the CSBS Internship Coordinator to identify and apply for internships before enrolling in this course:
Requirements for SBS 5900:
- Internships must be health-related which may include various aspects of healthcare, health policy, and health administration.
- A student must work 45 total hours to receive one credit hour. Thus, a 3-credit internship would require 135 total hours, which will usually constitute around 9 hours of work per week. The same number of hours is required during summer semesters, though they have fewer weeks.
- Students can register for up to 6 internship credit hours (up to 3 credits per semester, 2 semester maximum).
- Students who work in a health related setting might be able to negotiate an internship at their current job. Keep in mind that the goal of the internship is to learn something new. To receive academic credit for an internship at your current employment, it must consist of responsibilities above and beyond your regular working hours. You will work with your supervisor to construct goals that will be approved by the course instructor.
- Students must satisfactorily complete the policies and requirements outlined in the course syllabus, which you will receive in your initial appointment with the internship coordinator, including submission of a work plan and resume outlining your internship, bi-weekly journal entries, a 4-6 page final paper, and a final reflection.
Other resources for finding internships
- Career Services
- The Hinckley Institute of Politics
- The Bennion Center
- Human Resources (UofU Student Jobs)
Previous HSP 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
- 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