PH 4960 Internship Program

Notice: Our internship positions for fall 2016 have been filled. We are now accepting applications for spring 2017.

Overview   |   Program Goal and Objectives   |   Program Requirements   |   Application Process   |   Forms and Resources


The Health Promotion and Education Center (HPEC) supports the academic goals of Public Health students by offering internship opportunities to students enrolled in PH 4960. Based on projected HPEC need, 8 - 10 internship positions are typically available each semester (excluding intersessions).

Program Goal and Objectives

The Health Promotion and Education Center (HPEC) internship is designed to provide an experience that enables students to:

  • Apply program planning, implementation, and evaluation skills.
  • Contribute to HPEC and other Student Health Center programming.
  • Gain practical knowledge of key college health issues.
  • Provide appropriate health information and referrals to fellow Cal State LA students.
  • Collaborate with Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Executive Board by creating engaging education and outreach activities for the student body.


Program Requirements

Participation in the HPEC internship program is based on the Center's needs and ability to support interns. It is also contingent upon students:

  • Submitting a HPEC Intern Application and successfully completing the HPEC interview.
  • Receiving approval of their Public Health Internship Learning Plan Agreement.
  • Successfully completing the HPEC certified peer health educator training during specified dates before the semester your internship starts.
  • Being enrolled in PH 4960 during the semester in which internship activities are completed.
  • Not later than the first week of internship; providing valid proof of:
    • The following immunizations: hepatitis B, MMR, seasonal flu, and Tdap.
    • A negative TB skin test or chest x-ray taken within 12 months of internship quarter.
    • Note: Interns are responsible for all costs associated with this requirement.

HPEC interns are expected to:

  • Complete required hours of approved internship activities over the course of the semester in which the internship is completed.
    • Roughly 10-20 hours a week during the semester.
  • Adhere to Cal State LA policies regarding student conduct.
  • Comply with Student Health Center policies and procedures which address: patient confidentiality; patient, workforce and facility safety; infection control; and other issues.
  • Conduct a needs assessment; and plan, implement, and evaluate an intervention or prevention workshop that addresses a key college health issue.
  • Participate in HPEC events and other Student Health Center programming, as appropriate.
  • Act as a resource providing accurate and client appropriate information and referrals.
  • Assist students seeking the services of the Health Promotion and Education Center, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with designated SHAC Executive Board members, to create, implement and evaluate Health Hut themes, education experiences and other activities.
  • Attend SHAC general membership meetings that occur every other Thursday 3:15 PM-4:10 PM, starting with the first Thursday of the first week of classes.
  • Meet with HPEC health educators on an ongoing basis to discuss project progress.
  • Submit not later than week 12 of the internship semester a report detailing the intervention project; and
  • Complete an exit interview during the last week of the internship semester.

It is assumed that HPEC interns will: gain knowledge of college health issues; adhere to agreed upon schedules; meet applicable deadlines; show initiative; produce quality work; work effectively as a team member as well as individually; and provide high quality customer service.



Application Process

Note: Because we cannot guarantee an internship position at our site, even with early application submission, students are strongly encouraged to proactively explore other internship possibilities at the earliest possible opportunity.

The primary selection criteria is an applicant's fit with the programming and personnel needs of the Health Promotion and Education Center (e.g., comfort level discussing certain health issues, availability). Applicants' grasp of core health education concepts, training, as well as communication and other skills are also taken into account in the screening process.

Applications are accepted year-round, however, to ensure full consideration, prospective interns should submit a completed Cal State LA Student Health Center PH 4960 Intern Application via email not later than the spring semester of the academic year preceding the year in which they would like to complete an internship. For example, students interested in a potential internship for fall 2016 - spring 2017 should submit an application in spring 2016. Interviews for applicants will take place at the end of spring 2016 quarter and end of fall semester. 


Forms and Resources

Please click on the following link for fall 2016 and spring 2017 application: Internship Application