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Internship & Practicum Information for Students

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Important Deadlines!


December 1st
is the deadline to submit paperwork for PUHE-GE 2360 Internship & Seminar in Public Health for Spring semester. Please read the information below to learn how to enroll.

December 8th is the deadline to enroll in GPH-GU 2610 Practicum in Global Health Leadership for Spring.  Please read the information below for further information about Practicum.

Overview

All students pursuing a concentration in Community & International Public Health and Public Health Nutrition are required to take PUHE-GE 2360 Internship & Seminar in Public Health, and complete a 180-hour carefully planned, highly supervised, and critically evaluated public health internship as their culminating experience. Students must have completed twenty-three (23) credit hours in Public Health courses prior to the initiation of the field experience. A successful internship experience requires advance planning and thoughtful preparation by all students.

Criteria for selecting internship sites

Students are expected to identify an internship agency that provides a challenging and rewarding experience in public health. While internships will vary considerably among students, the following basic criteria should be used in selecting sites for placements:

  • Willingness of the agency to provide an internship relevant to public health
  • Relationship of the agency and the assignment to public health issues
  • Conducive environment for graduate-level fieldwork
  • Ability of the agency to provide adequate and suitable supervision. Ideally, the preceptor or mentor should have formal public health training.
  • Identify appropriate "end of the semester" deliverables.
  • Ability of the experience to address MPH competencies.


Timeline

Two semesters prior to registering for the internship course students must:

  • Review the Fieldwork Guide for Students
  • Attend a Fieldwork Information Session
  • Recommended: Complete a Planning Worksheet for Internship and bring to your academic advisor and/or internship faculty. Before meeting with your advisor or theinternship faculty, first research and identify potential opportunities, have your resume reviewed by NYU Wasserman, and complete the Planning Worksheet.
  • Set up interviews with prospective internship sites to discuss placement.

One semester prior to registering for the internship course, please note the deadlines for submitting your Internship Learning Contract and follow the steps below:

  • Complete Internship Learning Contract with identified Agency Preceptor.
  • Complete the Intention to Enroll in Internship Survey by the deadline. This includes uploading your Internship Learning Contract and your preceptor's resume or CV.
  • Plan ahead - the Internship Learning Contract must be completed and signed by the student and site preceptor before being uploaded (within the Intention to Enroll in Internship Survey) for final approval by the NYU MPH program.

Deadlines

Spring semester (late January through early May)

Intention to Enroll in Internship Survey must be submitted by December 1st.  If student wishes to meet with internship faculty; to discuss internship plans, student must complete a Planning Worksheet for Internship by October 15th.

Summer semester (end of May through mid-August)

Intention to Enroll in Internship Survey must be submitted by May 1st. If student wishes to meet with internship faculty to discuss internship plans, student must complete a Planning Worksheet for Internship by March 1st.

Fall semester (start of September through mid-December)

Intention to Enroll in Internship Survey must be submitted by August 1st. If student wishes to meet with internship faculty to discuss internship plans, student must complete a Planning Worksheet for Internship by July 1st.

Revised Internship Learning Contracts

If the internship instructor has asked you to revise and resubmit your Internship Learning Contract, please do so using this link.

Internship Documents and Forms

 

Overview

The Practicum in Global Health Leadership course is open to all NYU graduate students interested in exploring public health leadership in practice. Students who choose to take the practicum course are required to complete a 120-hour practicum and register for an accompanying course (comprised of 5 mandatory seminar sessions). Students in the Global Health Leadership concentration of the NYU MPH program may choose to count this course as a concentration course.  The practicum hours should take place in an approved public or private organization or program that is engaged in the prevention of disease, health promotion, health policy development, health service delivery or research in a global context.  Practicums can take place in the greater New York City area, elsewhere in the United States, or overseas. While 120 hours is the minimum number of hours required by this course, we encourage students to complete as many hours as appropriate or needed in order to enhance their experiential training. As part of the practicum, students are expected to “shadow” a senior staff member within the selected organization or program.

Criteria for Selecting Practicum Sites

Students are expected to identify a practicum agency that provides a challenging and rewarding experience in global public leadership. While practicums will vary considerably among students, the following basic criteria should be used in selecting sites for opportunities.

  1. Willingness of the agency to provide a practicum in global public health;
  2. Relevance of the agency and the assignment to global public health issues;
  3. Conducive environment for graduate-level fieldwork;
  4. Ability of the agency to provide adequate and suitable supervision and mentoring.  Ideally, the preceptor or mentor should have formal public health training;
  5. Ability of the organization to provide a shadowing experience with a senior staff member;
  6. Ability to identify appropriate "end of semester" deliverables;
  7. Ability of the experience to address MPH competencies.


Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in the course, students are required to:

  • Register for the courses at least 6 weeks prior to course start date;
  • Contact potential sites, arrange and conduct interviews, as necessary.  We recommend that students identify at least two, ideally three, potential fieldwork sites.  For assistance, please refer to the resources below.
  • Secure an appropriate practicum and preceptor;
  • Complete a Practicum Approval Form with identified Agency Preceptor.
  • Submit the completed Practicum Approval Form online via the Intention to Enroll in Practicum Survey with all appropriate signatures at least one month prior to beginning your hours. The survey will require you to upload your Practicum Approval Form and your preceptor's resume or CV. Plan ahead - the Practicum Approval Form must be completed and signed by the student and site preceptor before being uploaded (within the Intention to Enroll in Practicum Survey) for final approval by the NYU MPH program.
  • Receive confirmation from the course instructor, prior to beginning fieldwork hours, that the practicum approval form has been approved.

While not required, students are strongly encouraged to attend the “Practicum Information Session” to learn about the practicum requirements, procedures, and opportunities for identifying a host-site. In addition, we ask all students to review the Fieldwork Guide for Students and the resources outlined below. If, after utilizing the resources below, you would like to meet with someone from the NYU MPH Program, please complete a Planning Worksheet for Practicum and email mph.practice@nyu.edu.

Practicum Documents and Forms

 

 

 

 

  1. NYU MPH Public Health CareerLink contains postings on internships/practicums, job opportunities, career resources, and program events; (for non-MPH students please email mph.practice@nyu.edu for access). In addition to viewing the fieldwork opportunities under "Position Listings", it may be helpful to look at the "Past Internship and Practicum Projects" database, which is located in Resources --> Document Library.
  2. Annual Public Health Career Fair (occurs every Fall semester). Co-hosted by the NYU GIPH, the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the Wasserman Center for Career Development.  Click here for a list organizations which have participated in past fairs;
  3. Job and Internship Search Links.
  4. NYU MPH event series and sessions offered throughout the year where students have the opportunity to network with public health practitioners. Check the program website for updated listings of events;
  5. Public Health Discovery Portal for an article on how, where, and when to look for an internship/practicum.
  6. NYU Wagner Office of Career Services (OCS) Career Directory;(includes a section on internships). Username: NYU email (using net ID). Password: N number minus the N;
  7. NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development CareerNet.
  8. Have your resume and cover letter reviewed by NYU Wasserman;
  9. NYU MPH Public Health CareerLink contains resources on cover letters, resumes and salary negotiation. Once you are logged into the CareerLink, click on Resources --> Document Library --> Career Day_Job Search_Application Process_Cover Letters_Resumes. You will also find the document Career Day_Interviewing_Salary Negotiation in the Document Library.
  10. Global and Domestic Organizations.

  11. Discuss potential fieldwork opportunities with your faculty advisor and/or other faculty;
  12. Professional Development page of our website;
  13. If, after utilizing the resources above, you would like further assistance in locating an internship or practicum, please ensure that you have had your resume and cover letter reviewed by NYU Wasserman and have completed an Planning Worksheet for Internship or Planning Worksheet for Practicum. Then contact the Associate Director of Public Health Practice, Amy Joyce at amy.joyce@nyu.edu.


Fieldwork
Guide for Students

Students can download the guide to review internship/practicum requirements, timeline, and procedures.

Click here


Internship
Learning Contract

Students in the Community and International Health and Public Health Nutrition concentrations complete an Internship Learning Contract. Click on the expandable to the left "Culminating Experience: Internship Requirements" to learn more. 

NOTE: If the internship instructor has asked you to revise and resubmit your Internship Learning Contract, please do so using this link here.

Click here


Practicum
Approval Form

Practicum in Global Health Leadership is available for any graduate student to take as an elective (students in the Global Health Leadership concentration may also count it as a concentration course).  Students taking this course complete a Practicum Approval Form. Click on the expandable to the left "GPH-GU 2610 Practicum in Global Health Leadership Course" to learn more.

Click here


Global and Domestic
Organizations

View a PowerPoint presentation from 2.21.14 highlighting potential global and domestic fieldwork opportunities.

 

Click here for slides.


Fieldwork Information
Session

View a powerpoint presentation from 2.21.14 outlining procedures and helpful information on finding an internship or practicum.

Click here to view.


Public Health
Core Competencies

Learn about the NYU MPH Core Competencies.

Click here


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