Internships and Field Placements

Each student enrolled in the MPH or MS program is required to complete an internship for credit towards his or her degree. Because of the close relationship between the School of Public Health and the health department, many students are able to intern at the New York State Department of Health. Each semester, internship positions made available specifically to the School’s student body are posted online. However, students have also found other great opportunities through the School’s relationship with other local organizations, their own searches or by using the Career Development Center – a service available to all matriculated students at Through the Career Development Center, you can:

  • Receive e-mail notification of upcoming career workshops, programs, events and job fairs.
  • Search internship and job listings through MonsterTRAK.
  • Complete first step in becoming eligible to participate in On-Campus Recruiting.

The possibilities are endless, but have included positions with the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, community health departments, and international agencies. Below are brief descriptions of some other highlighted internships students have had in recent years. For current internships being offered, follow the Current Students tab from the School’s homepage to Information.

If you are a student and would like more information on possible internship opportunities you may visit the Internship and Career Services Office in the Student Affairs Office and arrange to meet with Katrina Chamberlain, the Internship Coordinator. The MPH Internship Student Handbook  also provides a comprehensive description of the internship process at the School of Public Health.  If you are mentor or would like to become a potential mentor contact Katrina Chamberlain for more information.

Katrina L. Chamberlain MS, MPH
Internship Coordinator

Making the Connection: Government, Civil Society & Health in Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The Center for International Development, a branch of the SUNY system, sponsored a student intern during the summer of 2004. The student traveled to Tanzania to assist in strengthening the Parliament's ability to develop comprehensive health policies, particularly those related to HIV and AIDS. The student organized the Civil Society Organization Exhibition, a meeting between private and public health agencies across the country. The intern managed the event, which culminated in a roundtable discussion of HIV/AIDS. To assess the effectiveness of the exhibition follow-up interviews with various groups in attendance were conducted. To read more about this student's experience click here to read the articled featured in the Albany Times Union.

Pharmacy - Based Label Reminder Campaign
While the success of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines is well documented, both vaccines remain underutilized by at risk populations. To increase awareness of the benefits to these vaccinations, the New York State Department of Health collaborated with the Pharmacists Society for the State of New York. The intern was hired to develop and distribute labels to be placed on prescription pill bottles that advocated asking about and receiving the vaccines from physicians. The student was also able to assist in the development and implementation of educational courses designed to increase rates of vaccinations across New York State.

Workplace Support for Breastfeeding
Bureau of Women's Health, New York State Department of Health

Healthy People 2010 outlines goals for percentage of women still breastfeeding at one month, six months, and twelve months after giving birth. New York State is very close to attaining the goal for one month, but falls short for both six and twelve months. The large drop in breastfeeding mothers after one month can largely be attributed to the end of maternity leave and the return to the workplace. The Bureau of Women's Health began investigating what potential changes could be made to workplaces to promote breastfeeding within the office. The objectives of the intern were to develop a survey that would assess baseline practices in office and to further investigate sites that were promoting breastfeeding among female employees. To date approximately 1500 surveys have been sent out and analysis is currently underway.

AIDS Institute
New York State Department of Health

The prevalence of smoking among adults in the United States is currently around 25%. The prevalence of smoking among adults living with HIV, however, is nearly 70%. While the advent of antiretroviral drugs increased the life span of infected persons tremendously, premature deaths due to tobacco use have antagonized such results. The AIDS Institute hired a summer intern to develop educational sessions addressing smoking attitudes and prevalence of smoking among those living with HIV. The intern then conducted literature reviews of current smoking cessation programs. The intern was then able to develop a comprehensive curriculum that would encourage current smokers to quit or develop a plan for quitting.