The overarching goal of the MPH Internship Program is to provide opportunities for students to gain essential skills in the field of public health. The arrangement should be a mutually beneficial relationship for both the student and the organization. Mentors and host organizations should also remain mindful of the fact that the internship is an academic-related opportunity for students to learn from and observe a real-world public health work environment. However, while most jobs entail some level of clerical work, these activities will not satisfy the graduate internship requirements of the MPH degree. Thus, photocopying, scheduling, mail preparation, etc. should not consume a significant portion of the student’s experience. In addition, while a literature review is often required as part of any placement project, a literature review alone is not sufficient to constitute an internship experience.

For a more comprehensive overview, please review our Program Information Guide: 

The SPH Internship Program: A Component of Experiential Learning at SPH . 

All data pertaining to the SPH Internship Program is maintained by the Internships & Career Services Office. This approach is critical to managing the School of Public Health’s funding programs and reporting requirements.


To be added to our distribution list of prospective mentors or to request an Internship Project Proposal Form, contact:

Katrina L. Chamberlain, MS, MPH
Director, Internships and Career Services
School of Public Health, University at Albany
p: 518.402.0404

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