The following list of questions and answers are designed to address any questions regarding the requirements of the Health Promotion Internship at Weber State University.
Do I pay tuition for internship credits?
YES. Internships count as part of the credit hours necessary for graduation, thus a student must be enrolled and pay all tuition and fees (i.e. cost of transportation to the internship site, materials etc.) required for these credit hours during the internship experience. You may sign up for the credit hours for HE 4860 in one semester or spread it over two semesters (i.e., 2 hours one semester and 2 the next). If you do not complete the internship during the semester in which you registered for credits, you will receive a “T” grade, which means work in progress. Once the internship is completed, the final grade will be given. If you are planning on graduating in a certain semester, turn in your Internship Notebook as soon as possible but no later than the first day of finals week that semester.
How and when should I contact the Health Promotion Faculty about an internship?
Members of the Health Promotion Faculty have several resources for finding an internship. Staying in close contact with the Health Promotion Faculty members during your Junior and Senior years is recommended as you will be more aware of the internship opportunities available to you. Once you think you have a potential internship opportunity, contact a Health Promotion Faculty member to discuss the objectives and goals of the internship as well as the job description. The internship must be approved and the paper work MUST be filled out before starting the internship.
What should I consider when selecting an internship?
· What do I want to learn from the internship?
· What skills do I have, and how can I contribute to an agency?
· Is it located in a community with which I am already somewhat familiar?
· Is it located where I might be able to stay with friends or relatives to reduce costs?
· Is the environment of the site, and travel to and from the site, safe?
· Does the internship represent the type of setting where I would eventually like to be employed?
· Is it located in a community large enough to likely contain significant employment options into which I might network?
· Is it located in an area of the country where I would like to live?
Where can I find an internship?
Potential internship opportunities and agencies available:
· Talk with the Health Promotion Faculty about available internships.
· Visit the Health Promotion website for copies of all internship material: Enter web-address
· Talk to previous students/classmates about their internship experiences.
· Call agencies or organizations and ask about available opportunities.
· Connect with any volunteer agency, local or state health department, etc. where previous volunteer experience has been given.
What advice is available for contacting agencies to inquire about internships?
· First, brainstorm a list of agencies where you would like to do an internship.
· Next, find the name and contact information of the program manager or director.
· Call or e-mail this person, and set up an appointment to meet with him/her in person to discuss potential internships.
· Before meeting with this person, do some background research to learn more about the agency, what they do, who they serve, etc.
· During the interview, articulate: what you want to learn in your internship, what your skills are, and how you can contribute to their agency. Also be prepared to discuss possible learning objectives (see form C) and tangible products to be produced in order for the proposed internship to be evaluated and approved by a member of the Health Promotion Faculty.
· Do not wait until the last minute to contact agencies. By this time they may already have interns hired. Start exploring options for internships at least 2-3 months before you want to start.
What is an appropriate internship?
For an internship to be approved, the agency and internship learning objectives must:
· Be related to Health Promotion
· Result in a tangible product that can be placed in your portfolio
· Incorporate community health methods, such as:
Ø health education (i.e. presentations, conferences, classes etc.)
Ø health communication
Ø social marketing
Ø community mobilization/empowerment
Ø coalition building
Ø health counseling/screenings/behavior modification
Ø evaluation (either process, impact, or outcome)
What are learning objectives and how do I go about writing objectives for my internship experience and personal objectives for myself?
The learning objectives you are required to fill out are contained in Form C. Your own personal objectives may be focused on knowledge acquired, skills used, personal growth, or career development (i.e. to develop better networking skills, etc.). Talk with your on-site internship supervisor to get ideas for agency goals.
What are some examples of the Final Product?
Please see the Health Promotion Program Internship Coordinator for examples. Eventually there will be copies of various final products at our Health Promotion website for you to view at your convenience.
What does the University require me to do before I officially start my internship?
In order to avoid liability risks, the Health Promotion Program requires that all interns fill out the necessary forms prior to starting an internship; otherwise the time put in will not count. In order to do this, make an appointment with your on-site internship supervisor at his/her agency prior to your starting date to fill out the needed forms. The forms may be faxed or given directly to the Program Internship Coordinator and/or your internship advisor. You are also required to bring Form A Part II to register for HE 4860 with our department academic advisor, Sherrie Jensen.
What happens if there needs to be a change in my internship?
Student employees or interns are expected to accept cooperative education positions with a seriousness of purpose to perform their work accurately and responsibly. If the work performance does not meet the established reasonable standards, the internship provider is not obligated to continue the student’s employment.
Discharge may be for one of several nondiscriminatory reasons such as:
· unsatisfactory performance
· irregular attendance
· inability to perform expected tasks
· habitual tardiness
· unsatisfactory attitude
· improper behavior
· lack of dependability
· damaging relationships between the agency and its partners, etc.
The circumstances that led to a student being discharged should be carefully documented and reviewed by both the Health Promotion Program Director and the Health Promotion Internship Coordinator and your faculty advisor. As a safeguard for all parties, the case should be referred to the department chair, dean, and if deemed appropriate, legal counsel.
Should you find yourself terminated without ample warning, you should follow these instructions. Immediately telephone the Program Internship Coordinator, Health Promotion Program Director and faculty advisor. When you talk with the Health Promotion Internship Coordinator, be prepared with the following information:
· Your city and state location
· The name of the agency with whom you are interning
· Your immediate internship supervisor’s name
· The office telephone number and E-mail of your on-site supervisor
· A full written explanation of the possible reasons for the impending or immediate termination
The Health Promotion Internship Coordinator reserves the right to contact the experience provider (internship supervisor) to check on student progress, solve problems, determine value of internship, provide input, explain expectations, etc.