PH 4960 Internship Program

A Note About Our Program Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the need for physical distancing and alternative instruction, our program is temporarily suspended. Students should consult with the Cal State LA Department of Public Health about internship logistics. Thank you for your understanding as we act in the best interest of students, faculty and staff, while supporting wider public health goals. We look forward to having you join us for an internship placement at a future date.

The Health Promotion and Education Center

Program Overview

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, 10 internship positions are typically available each semester.

As you consider your internship needs, please keep the following details in mind regarding our program:

  • For consideration for an internship position, please submit a current resume and the internship application found below.

  • We highly encourage you to attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the internship, requirements and hour commitment. As an alternative, students can schedule a meeting with Stephanie Toledo, MPH (phone: 323.343.3346). There is no RSVP needed to attend a session. 

  • The HPEC does not run its internship program during May, summer or winter 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Participation in the HPEC internship program is contingent upon students meeting ALL of the following requirements. Failure to complete any of the requirements can result in the loss of the internship position or hours/credit.

  • Submitting a HPEC Intern Application and successfully completing the HPEC interview.
  • Receiving approval of the prospective intern's Public Health Internship Learning Plan Agreement.
  • Live Scan finger print clearance.
  • Proof of university-approved liability insurance (click on Student Professional Liability Insurance Program for information).
  • Successfully completing the HPEC certified peer health educator training during specified dates prior to the start of the semester in which the internship is scheduled to be completed.
  • Being enrolled in PH 4960 during the semester in which internship activities are completed.
  • Not later than the end of internship training; 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 the semester in which the internship will be completed.
    • Note: Interns are responsible for all costs associated with this requirement.

Program Requirements

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.
  • 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 and Application

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. An applicant's grasp of core health education concepts, training, as well as communication and other skills are taken into account in the screening process.

Applications are accepted year-round, however, to facilitate consideration for a position in our program, applicants should submit a completed PH 4960 Intern Application via email not later than March of the academic year preceding the year in which students would like to complete an internship.

Please click on Internship Application to access our application.