Fielding Internship Information
PLEASE CHECK BACK IN MARCH FOR 2021 INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM PRIOR YEARS AND IS PROVIDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE. APPLICATIONS ARE NOT CURRENTLY OPEN FOR THIS PROGRAM.
The Department of Public Health is pleased to announce financial support for Summer 2020 student internships through the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Internship fund. For the fifth year, this fund will be offering stipends for several students to do internships in Departments of Public Health at the state or local level in Summer 2020. The financial support provided will be $4500 for an 8-10 week, full-time internship. Supplemental funding may be available for transportation to the city, and/or to assist with summer contributions required for financial aid. The internship support is available to current first-year students, sophomores, or juniors, and is not restricted to Public Health concentrators. The first round of funding will be allocated to funding applications received by March 1, but internship applications for positions are due as early as February 14th. Students should apply to internships separately before or simultaneously with requesting funding.
How to apply:
- Explore the internship opportunities described below, or look into other opportunities at state and local departments. Apply directly to those you are interested in pursuing. For those identified below, mention the Fielding internship as a potential source of financial support in your cover letter to the organization.
Note that internship application deadlines start as early as February. If you need a letter of recommendation, try to give faculty members two weeks notice. Also, note that official transcripts take some time to procure.
- Attend an information session with the general Alumni-Sponsored Internship Program (ASIP). Apply for funding from ASIP as an alternative source of funding in case you are not selected for the Fielding internship support. The ASIP deadlines are February 17 and April 21.
- By March 1 or April 21, please submit the following application materials in PDF form by e-mail to Amie Hane, Chair of Public Health.
- Cover letter including the following:
- Why you are interested in working in a department of public health
- To which internship sites have you applied and where things stand in the application process. For each internship, please indicate any supplemental financial support beyond the basic $4600 needed to travel to the sity and/or to meet summer financial aid student contribution obligations
- If you have identified “other” internships at state and local Public Health departments, briefly describe them and include a URL linking to the internship website.
- Indicate whether you applied to the first or second round of ASIP funding.
- Cover letter including the following:
- Transcript (unofficial is fine)
Note: Email subject line should say “Fielding application” and application materials should be submitted in PDF form, preferably in a single PDF document.
Potential internships supported by the Fielding Internship:
- Baltimore City Public Health Department. Applications are rolling. To be considered for the Fielding internship you should apply by April 21, but earlier is recommended. You may send your application materials to [email protected] at any time. Mention the Fielding internship in your cover letter. Note: One Williams student interned here in 2018 with Fielding funding. More information available upon request. Contact information for 2020 still being updated. If an e-mail contact yields no response, please check back for further updates.
- New York City HRTP Internship Program. Applications are due February 15th. Note that letters of recommendation are required and an official transcript is required, so allot extra time. Mention the Fielding internship in your personal statement.
- San Francisco Department of Public Health. Applications are rolling. To be considered for the Fielding internship you should apply by April 21, but earlier is recommended. Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention the Fielding internship in your cover letter. Amy Petersen notes that they are looking to host students interested in careers in primary care or healthcare administration and population health. They are also looking to place students who come from economically disadvantaged or historically marginalized communities. (Note: there is some bureaucratic work that needs to be done to facilitate a partnership between SFDPH, so if you are considering pursuing this option, please let the Chair of Public Health know. Contact information for 2020 still being updated. If an e-mail contact yields no response, please check back for further updates).
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Contact Bernie Lau of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at email@example.com to set up a call to discuss possible internship placements. Please also identify opportunities here and send a resume directly to the listed contact: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/intern/PDF/DPH-InternVolunteerCatalog.pdf. Two students interned here in 2018 with Fielding funding. More information available upon request. Contact information for 2020 still being updated. If an e-mail contact yields no response, please check back for further updates.
For these opportunities, please identify yourself as a “volunteer” because you will not be receiving academic credit.
- Find your own. Though we have started the conversation with the programs above, students are encouraged to explore opportunities in their hometowns or other locations. Please note that the internship support is available only to those working in state or local government health departments within the United States. The internship is not intended to fund work at non-governmental public health organizations. The internship should be 8-10 weeks, should be full time, and should involve substantive engagement on public health issues. Please submit applications to the internship directly before applying for Fielding funding, and include information about the internship in your application Fielding for support.
2019 Fielding Interns:
Last summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Pima County Health Department (PCHD) under their Chronic Disease Prevention Program in
Tucson, Arizona. I was able to work alongside field experts on designing and implementing the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Air
Quality Flagging Program at schools across Pima County. I worked closely with both department leaders and community members. My responsibilities
included assisting in program design, investigating which schools would benefit the most from the program, communicating with schools to encourage
them to join, delivering program training to faculty and staff, expanding a system to track participating schools and contacts, and developing program
evaluation methods. In addition, I was also responsible for designing the program training workshop and translating it to Spanish. The most rewarding
part of the experience was actively working towards alleviating the barrier in access that the Spanish-speaking community has to the department’s
preventative resources, such as the flag program. My mentors at PCHD constantly challenged and supported me. I would recommend the experience
to anyone seeking to better understand the needs of communities and to learn to implement public health projects at the community level.
2018 Fielding Interns:
Last summer, I worked at the Baltimore City Health Department in the fiscal department as a finance and administration intern. My primary tasks were to archive the department’s paper documents as well as make them digital. I was also responsible for supervising/ leading the high school students placed in the department by the city’s YouthWorks program and collecting audit reports from those programs receiving funding from the BCHD. Any student looking to gain office experience, enhance their leadership skills, and looking to learn more about how health departments operate behind the scenes would definitely benefit from interning at this office. The staff were also super helpful and continue to mentor me today, so if you’re interested in going into finance (in any aspect), but especially in the public health field, working in the fiscal department and making connections with the accountants and directors is very useful. My supervisors were also really flexible and more than willing to put me in touch with staff from other areas of the health department that I was interested in such as the maternal health and environmental health offices, so while the internship was mostly finance, you are able to explore other areas if you decide to intern at the Baltimore City Health Department.
I interned with the Veterinary Public Health of the Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Division of the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. Very few places in the United States have similarly established programs, so this experience was unique! I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be extremely engaged in an epidemiology project, being on-foot tracked the spread of a disease in the Greater Los Angeles area and directly working with the field data to present to county and government stakeholders. While I worked in a fast-paced environment, it is important to realize this will not always be the case; county public health work can be slow since projects like these arise only when necessary. I would recommend similar experience to any student who is open-minding and interested in gauging the breadth of public health. You learn the most from situations you are unfamiliar with!
This summer I had the pleasure of working at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Program. It was a wonderful experience dipping my toes into local health. LA is one of the largest health departments in the US and with it came particular strengths and difficulties in managing infectious diseases. The program was relatively small which allowed me to become intricately involved in the programs workings. My day to day work involved analyzing and reviewing clinical data, altering and developing a database for the storage of homeless data and taking part in meetings with leaders in the local health field. I would recommend the LA DPH for students interested in local health departments and public health in urban environments.