Internships and Career Services

The School of Public Health (SPH) Internship Program remains a national model for practice-based public health education and offers a variety of internship placements for students in each concentration.   As a requirement for completion of their program, students rotate through diverse areas of public health practice. Our unique relationship with the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) sets us apart from other public health programs by providing students with valuable, practice-based internship experiences and an opportunity to network in the field.  Students complete internships each semester in various settings including the NYSDOH, local county health departments, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector businesses, and can also explore options to develop their own opportunities through our long-standing relationships with other organizations, alumni, and the Center for Global Health (international internships).

MPH Internship Handbook & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It is important for all current School of Public Health students to familiarize themselves with the information in the MPH Internship Handbook which serves as a guide to the SPH Internship Program. 

Students may also refer to the SPH Internship Program: Frequently Asked Questions; however, not all information regarding the SPH Internship Program is contained in the FAQ.    

Obtaining an Internship

The School of Public Health Internship Program internship cycle occurs each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) for placement in the following semester.  Students need to go through all of the necessary steps as part of the internship process which takes place before the internship starts.  All relevant information regarding the internship process for the SPH Internship Program and its timeline is communicated through the SPH Internships & Career Services weekly listserv.  

If you are a current student and would like more information on possible internships, contact the SPH Internships & Career Services office to arrange a meeting with the Director of Internships and Career Services.

Additional information about the internship selection process can be found in the MPH Internship Handbook.

MPH Degree Internship Requirement

The MPH degree internship requirement is a total of  9 credits or 720 hours of experience and can be achieved in various combinations of 3-credit (240 hours) or 6-credit (480 hours) internships.  

  • At least six (6) credits of  the internship must be completed within the student's concentration;
  • The additional three (3) credits of internship may be completed within the student's area of concentration, or it can be completed within a different concentration
  • All nine (9) credits may NOT be completed within the same setting, or with the same mentor.
  • Students must complete internships in at least two different settings.

Up to 6 credits of internship experience may be waived for students with significant past public health experience. For more information on internships and internship waivers, please see the Internship FAQ’s

MS Degree Requirements

Internship requirements for the MS degree vary slightly depending on which department and concentration the degree is being completed in. MS EPI students need to complete a 3-credit field placement for their degree requirement.  For more information, students should contact their academic department.

Eligibility for An Internship

 In order to be eligible to register and begin an internship, students must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be either a:

  • Full-time student with at least one full year of coursework completed, which includes completion of at least four core courses;
  • Part-time student wit hat least 24 credits completed towards your degree

Certificate in PH Fundamentals & Principles students entering an MPH program need to complete one full semester of coursework in the MPH program before they are eligible to participate in an internship.

Internship Waivers

Students with significant Public Health experience obtained PRIOR to entering the MPH program may be eligible for an internship waiver.  Up to 6 credits of internship may possibly be waived.  Students need to submit a comprehensive waiver application before their final semester to be considered for a waiver by the Internship Waiver Review Committee.  Students cannot apply for a waiver DURING their last semester.

There are 2 standing deadlines each year for the submission of waiver applications:

Fall semester:  October 15th

Spring semester: February 15th

For more information about the Internship Waiver Process or to obtain an application, contact the Internships & Career Services office.

SPH CAREER SERVICES

Located in the Student Affairs Office Corridor of the George Education Center, the SHP Internship & Career Services Office provides students with the following resources for career and professional development: 

SPH Internships & Career Services Listserv

Every Tuesday, students receive a weekly e-mail from the Internships & Career Services Office through the SPH Internships & Career Services listserv.  The listserv is the PRIMARY communication to SPH students regarding important information pertaining to internship processes and deadlines, full and part-time job postings, and upcoming SPH career programs and events.  SPH students need to check their albany.edu e-mail regularly for listserv messages. 

SPH Internships & Career Services Drop-In Hours

The Internships & Career Services Office is available for drop-in hours and career appointments to discuss topics related to the internship/career search.  Drop-in hours are 15 minute sessions for quick questions. Hours will be posted on the office door for the Director of Internships & Career Services.  Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

SPH Career Appointments

Career appointments are for more in-depth discussions about the internship/career search process and for resume/cover letter critiques.  They are usually 45 minutes and are strictly confidential.  Students need to schedule an appointment by email with your request and availability.

Career Events & Programs

The Internships and Career Services Office hosts a variety of career events and programs to assist SPH students entering or advancing in the workforce. Topics include but are not limited to: career panels with public health professionals, networking events, interviewing techniques, leadership skills and etiquette in the workplace. Information regarding upcoming events and programs will be advertised in the SPH Internships & Career Services listserv.

Fall 2015 Career Services Calendar

Spring 2016 Career Services Calendar

UAlbany Main Career Services Office: Uptown Campus

Located in the Science Library on the uptown campus, UAlbany's Career Services Office has a comprehensive list of services they can provide to SPH students and alumni including:

Developing resumes and cover letters;
Building personalized search strategies for internships or full-time jobs;
Conducting practice interviews to prepare for an actual interview;
Workshops, Career Panels, Networking Events, and Annual Job & Internship Expo;
One-on-one career counseling through appointments and drop-in hours;
Job posting site , career assessment tools and a comprehensive career library  

For more information on services for students, visit the UAlbany Career Services Office webpage

For more information on services for alumni, visit UAlbany Alumni Services

Resume and Cover Letter Critiques

Resumes and cover letters are critical tools for your job and internship search, each serving an individual and unique purpose.  Resumes and cover letters will be reviewed during career appointments only.  Resume workshops are also offered during the year. 

To make an appointment for a resume/cover letter critique, e-mail Katrina Chamberlain and attach a copy of your current resume and cover letter. 

Students can also schedule an appointment with the UAlbany Main Career Services Office.

How to Prepare a Resume

Resume Example: Sunny A. Albany

How to Prepare a Cover Letter  

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact:    

 Katrina Chamberlain, Director
 Internships & Career Services  
 (518) 402-0404    
 Room 117, GEC