Public Health Internships

Announcements

This information and all key announcements will be posted on the new SPH Applied Practice Website.

PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY!

The system for requesting internship credit approval is currently undergoing some changes. We will begin to accept new requests starting:
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

NOTE: Spring registration begins November 4th. Schedule numbers will be sent out the week of November 9th.

Deadline to register for the course once your request is approved and you receive your schedule number:
Thursday, February 4th, 2020

NOTE: Online MPH Students have different due dates so please reach out to me

IMPORTANT: We anticipate that we will receive many requests in the coming weeks. Please be patient as this is a two-step process: 1) approval process (approx. 5-7 days) and 2) schedule number generated and emailed to you (an additional 3-5 days).



NEW! Zoom Advising Office Hours: Mondays (starting 06/22) 12-1pm:

Zoom Advising Link

  1. NEW online SPH Internship & Job Hub - We are working hard to provide you with internship and job opportunities in the coming weeks but there are over 10 available now! Check out the internship descriptions, SPH forms and resources. We will continue to email opportunities for a little while longer, eventually phasing out in order to reduce the email traffic.

    IMPORTANT: The opportunities we develop are for current SPH students only. Therefore, we have secured this information. This link only works with SDSU login credentials.

  2. Unpaid internships must be remote unless approved. Students employed at their internship site (stipends do not count, must be paid wages) or graduate students requesting limited in-person work can request for an exception. Contact the Applied Practice Advisor to request an exception or if you have any questions.

    NOTE: Exceptions are for graduate students only at this time (no exceptions for undergraduates at this time). Approvals for limited in-person work will be based on public health guidelines including business “re-opening” guidance which will include a risk assessment of the site/duties, safety protocols and availability of protective supplies.

  3. Reduced Internship Hours – Changes made in Fall 2020 will remain in effect for Spring 2021 as follows:
    • PH 497: 124 hours (normally 144 hours)
    • PH 650R: 120 hours (normally 160 hours) – This is now a Canvas course that includes asynchronous Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Foundations of Public Health coursework with online modules. Students who have completed these activities previous to registering for this class do not have to repeat.
    • PH 650A-F/750A-F:/850 160 hours (normally 180 hours) – While this is not a course per se, students will be grouped as a cohort in a Canvas Course and be required to track and submit required documents including their Log of Hours with signatures (student and internship/project supervisor).

  4. Students may be able to receive credit for a work/project at their place of employment:
    • If you have been employed for less than 6 months and your duties align with public health competencies, you may be eligible for credit.
    • If you have been employed for 6 months or more and your internship duties are DIFFERENT than your regular duties.

    NOTE: Students requesting credit for work at their place of employment must complete the Employer Verification of Practice Requirements form along with the Request for Internship Approval (online form will become available on Nov. 3rd)
Attention Students - Please Read Thoroughly!

Due date to apply for credit by submitting your Request for Applied Practice Approval is: Friday, August 21, 2020

Deadline to register for the course via Web Portal: Friday, September 4, 2020

NOTE: Online MPH Students have different due dates so please reach out to me

IMPORTANT: We anticipate that we will receive many requests in the coming weeks, especially the week of August 17th. Please be patient as it can take 5-7 days to process and send you the schedule number. This is why we provide you with a due date of August 21st to submit your internship site for approval. This will allow time to ensure you can register by the Add/Drop date of September 4th, 2020.


If you plan to register for PH 650/750/850 for Fall 2020 credit in, please follow these steps:
  1. Review the policies, requirements and procedures located on the NEW Applied Practice Website

    IMPORTANT: We have made changes to requirements and approval process in the last few months due to COVID-19, so please review the site thoroughly BEFORE beginning the enrollment process or emailing staff as most of your questions may be answered on this site. For most recent important updates check out the Announcements Page

  2. Once you have been offered an internship or project opportunity, submit the NEWONLINE Request for Applied Practice Approval

    NOTES:
    • The new online form replaces the Field Placement Planning Form(FPPF) so please do not send this to staff. They will not be processed.
    • For PH 850 GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTICUM-   students should enroll in field placement units (PH 850) under the faculty who supervised them and only if they do not have an SDSU supervisor should they enroll with the track director. You must discuss enrolling in this field practice with Dr. Elizabeth Reed (ereed@sdsu.edu) BEFORE completing the Request for Applied Practice Approval form


    IMPORTANT:If you are planning to apply for more than one instance of PH 650 or PH 750, or a combination thereof, you must submit the online application form for EACH course.DO NOT combine them on one form.

  3. Upon your Faculty Advisor’s approval, you will receive an electronic notice indicating your faculty advisor has approved/denied request. If approved, a schedule number will be sent to you. You will use this to officially register for the course on WebPortal. If you do not receive the schedule number in 7 business days, send an email toSPHSpecialRegistration@sdsu.edu

  4. Questions? Email me or join me at any point during my virtual office hours on Mondays 12-1pm


In order to receive PH 497/650/750/850 credit for an internship and/or hours worked you must obtain approval BEFORE you start.

To request approval prior to accepting the internship/project for credit, you must submit the online Request for Applied Practice Approval form. Once reviewed and approved, a schedule number will be emailed to you. You must officially register for the course on Web Portal using this number.

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, changes have been made to the Summer/Fall 2020 approval process, however, approval is still required prior to starting the internship and/or project(s) you want credit for.

For more information and to submit a Request for Applied Practice Approval visit the SPH Field Placement Website.

For questions, please contact Leticia Cazares, Applied Practice Advisor at lcazares@sdsu.edu

  1. Unpaid Summer 2020 internships must be remote until further notice. Students employed at their internship site (stipends do not count, must be paid wages). Reach out to the Applied Practice Advisor if you have any questions or would like to discuss your situation.

    NOTE: At this time, we are working on approval policy for Fall 2020 internships (those starting in August 24, 2019 and beyond). As more “re-opening” guidance is provided to businesses we will determine the criteria for approval of in-person work which will be based on a risk assessment of the site/duties, safety protocols and availability of protective supplies.

  2. Students can work on up to 3 short-term projects to accrue credit hours. In place of, or in addition to an internship, students can now (summer/fall 2020 only) get credit for smaller, short-term projects. A short-term project is defined as a project of 20-50 hours with faculty, outside organization or place of employment (as long as it is different than regular duties) and is aligned with Public Health Competencies. Students must submit a Request for Applied Practice Approval and required documentation for each project.

    COMING SOON! Exciting short-term project opportunities will be sent out through the SPH email this week!

  3. Students may be able to receive credit for a work/project at their place of employment:
    • If you have been employed for 6 months or less and in a role with duties aligned with public health competencies. Submit the online Request for Applied Practice Approval.
    • If you have been employed for 6 months or more and you plan to work on a project that is DIFFERENT than your regular duties and is aligned with public health competencies. You and your supervisor must complete the Employer Verification of Practice Requirements along with the online Request for Approval form.

  4. Read through the new Applied Practice Website as you plan for your search and BEFORE submitting your requests for approval. Check out the following resources:
    • Watch SPH Internship Q&A Zoom Session and slide presentation and attached slide presentation handout.
    • Request for Applied Practice Template, Guide & Resources - Students are highly encouraged to download the template and develop a DRAFT of their Request for Applied Practice Approval using the template. This can be sent to your internship supervisor and/or faculty advisor for input/feedback. Once finalized, you can easily cut/paste into the online form. Additional resources available to help develop learning objectives, identify related public health competencies, etc.

  5. All requests for internship or project approvals for Fall 2020 credit should be submitted prior to August 21st

    NOTE: Students can submit a Request for Applied Practice Approval at any time throughout the year. Once you are approved you can begin working and counting the hours using the approved template (Log of Hours). However, in order to register for the course credit in the semester you want the credit in, you must submit by certain deadlines. For Fall 2020 credit, the online form must be submitted by August 21st to allow time to process, send you the schedule number and for you to register on WebPortal prior to the Add/Drop date of September 3rd.

  1. Effective March 16, 2020 all unpaid internships must be remote through the end of Summer 2020 (August 19th, 2020). Students currently doing internships and registered for credit were notified via email with option to continue remote work to complete credit hours. Paid student worker or regular employed students obtaining credit for work are exempt and under direction by their employer.

  2. Changes have been made to the Applied Practice Program (PH 497/650/750/850) for Summer and Fall 2020 internships only (see last section below).

  3. Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 requests for PH 497/650/750/850 internship approvals are now being accepted; however, all unpaid positions must be remote through August 19th or until further notice. See section "Summer/Fall 2020 Internships" below for the NEW approval process and the new SPH Applied Practice Website for additional requirements for undergraduates and graduates.

  1. Due to COVID-19 disruption, the SPH has lowered the number of required hours for 3 units of credit for Spring 2020 semester:
    • PH 497: 124 hours (normally 144 hours)
    • PH 650R: 140 hours (normally 160 hours)
    • PH 650A-F/750A-F/850: 160 hours (normally 180 hours)

  2. Once you have completed the required hours, please follow these steps:
    1. If you have already completed the previously required 144 hours (PH 497), 160 hours (PH 650R), or 180 hours (PH 650/750 A-F/850) and you are no longer working at the internship site then, you and your supervisor must still complete the online evaluations to receive credit by May 15th:
      https://gsph.sdsu.edu/fieldpractice/evaluation1.php and https://gsph.sdsu.edu/fieldpractice/evaluation2.php
    2. If you are still working at your internship site: Discuss with your site supervisor and determine plan for completing your hours:
      • If you are graduating this semester, you have the option of 1) completing your hours remotely through May 15th OR 2) terminating the internship due to lack of remote work.If there is agreement to terminate the internship, you will need to send an email to your faculty advisor AND Leticia Cazares (one email to both): lcazares@sdsu.edu , Applied Practice Advisor with the following information no later than Friday, May 1st :
        • Your Student ID
        • Internship site name and name of internship supervisor
        • Number of hours completed
        • Confirmation that you and your supervisor have discussed and agreed to termination
        • Agreement to complete the online evaluation no later than May 15th: https://gsph.sdsu.edu/fieldpractice/evaluation1.php and https://gsph.sdsu.edu/fieldpractice/evaluation2.php


        IMPORTANT: This email (with all information above) along with completed evaluations are required for grading. Students with less than the required hours may choose an approved project based on remaining hours. List of options will be sent in response to your email.
      • If you are not graduating this spring and will not complete the required hours this semester, you have the option of continuing remote work at your site through the summer or fall semesters; however, you will be given a grade of “Report in Progress” for the spring semester until you have completed your hours. You have until Spring 2021 to finish your hours. This “RP” grade does not affect your GPA or financial aid. Send an email to Leticia Cazares: lcazares@sdsu.edu , Applied Practice Advisor with the following information by Friday, May 1st:
        • Your Student ID
        • Internship site name and name of internship supervisor
        • Number of hours completed
        • Confirmation that you and your supervisor have discussed and agreed to continue through summer or fall
        • Estimated date/semester of completion

        IMPORTANT: This email (with all information above) is required for credit.

  1. As of today, all unpaid summer internships and/or projects must be remote through August 19th, 2020 or until further notice. Paid student workers or regular employed students obtaining credit for work are exempt and under direction of their employer.

  2. Changes to Required Hours (Fall 2020 ONLY) - We are lowering the required hours based on credit type/course:
    1. PH 497: 124 hours (normally 144 hours)
    2. PH 650R: 120 hours (normally 160 hours) – This is now a course that includes Interprofessional Education (IPE) course work, online modules and class sessions to include professional development panels and discussions.
    3. PH 650A-F/750A-F/850: 160 hours (normally 180 hours) – While this is not a course per se, students will be grouped as a cohort in a Blackboard Homeroom and be required to track and submit log of hours with signatures (student and internship/project supervisor)

  3. For Fall 2020 ONLY, there are now various ways to accrue hours for credit:

    NOTE: A maximum of three projects from the list below will be allowed to meet the required hours for the credit you request.
    1. Standard Internship (100+ hours) – long-term agreement to work for an organization/agency or university-affiliated research center over the summer and/or into fall semester (must be remote until further notice)
    2. New Employer-Based Project (employed 6 months or less)– students who have been in a paid public-health related role for less than 6 months or will begin working in a role between now and end of registration may be approved to count hours for credit. To determine if your job meets the criteria, review the list of undergraduate competencies or graduate competencies.
    3. Employer-Based Project (employed more than 6 months)–students who have been in a paid position for more than 6 months may be approved to work on a public health project for their employer but it must be different from regular duties. To determine if the project/new duties meets the criteria, review the list of undergraduate competencies or graduate competencies.
    4. Faculty-led project – short-term project where student is performing tasks for a public health or related organization under the supervision of a faculty member as an individual or group of students.
    5. Co-curricular activities - Service and volunteer opportunities led/organized by student organizations including SPH Student Council and Students 4 Public Health. This must also be under supervision of SDSU faculty/staff.

      IMPORTANT: PH 650R credit requirements include additional Interprofessional Education (IPE), online modules and professional development activities. Required internship/project hours take this into account and have been adjusted (see section IIIB above).

  4. Internship & Project Opportunities
    1. SPH Communications – Opportunities will continue to be sent out through this email list and Blackboard Homerooms.
    2. Faculty-Led Projects – These short-term projects are currently in development. Descriptions will be sent out via SPH email list and Blackboard Homerooms over the coming days/weeks. However, you can also discuss opportunities with your faculty advisor as they may have ideas.
    3. Co-curricular Activities – These projects are student organization-led. There is currently a group of students working on volunteer project(s). Meetings are on Thursdays at 1pm (next one is 04/23). For more info please contact Applied Practice Advisor, Leticia Cazares: lcazares@sdsu.edu
    4. On your own – Of course you are also free to find your own remote internships or jobs. Several good places to look are:

  5. PH 497/650/750/850 Approval Process

    ***Now taking approval requests through August 26, 2020***

    IMPORTANT: Prior to initiating the approval process, please consult with your faculty advisor for additional guidance as there may be division-specific changes as well.

    For PH 850 GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTICUM - All practica this summer must be remote until further notice. Students should enroll in field placement units (PH 850) under the faculty who supervised them; if they do not have an SDSU supervisor, they should enroll with the track director. You must discuss enrolling in this field practice with Dr. Elizabeth Reed (ereed@sdsu.edu) BEFORE completing the Request for Applied Practice Approval for this course.
    1. Review the undergraduate requirements and graduate requirements before submitting the NEW online Request for Applied Practice Approval form for work/projects that will start between now and first week of fall semester only:

      IMPORTANT: If you are planning to apply for more than one instance of PH 650 or PH 750, or a combination thereof, you must complete and submit the new online form for EACH course/project. DO NOT combine them on one form.
    2. A copy of your submission will be sent to the faculty advisor you selected on your form. He/she/they will review and approve or reach out to you with questions.
    3. Once approved, the Field Practice Coordinator, Karen Bergmann will send you the schedule number. You will use this to officially register for the course on Web Portal.
    4. Once registered you will be added to a Blackboard Homeroom where additional information on guidelines, Project Agreement assignment, tracking hours and resources will be shared.
    5. Registration for PH 497/650/750/850 is open through Add/Drop date, however, in order to ensure registration on time Requests for Approvals must be submitted by the following dates:
      • Summer 2020 (PH 497 only) – Monday, May 18, 2020
      • Fall 2020 – Wednesday, August 26, 2020

      IMPORTANT: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 it is quite possible that your internship/project(s) may change over the coming weeks/months so you will need to contact the Applied Practice Advisor if this happens PRIOR to submitting another Request for Applied Practice Advisor form.



**ATTENTION: Your online Request for Applied Practice Approval must be approved prior to beginning your internship/field placement – If you have already started your placement and are just now requesting credit for it, please include this information in the Comments section of the online form. There is no guarantee that you will receive credit for the work you have done prior to approval.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AS WE CONTINUE TO RESPOND AND MAKE CHANGES BASED ON DIRECTIVES FROM THE UNIVERSITY. WE ARE WORKING HARD TO MAKE THIS TRANSITION AS EASY AS POSSIBLE AND HERE TO HELP YOU.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS?

Contact Leticia Cazares, Applied Practice Advisor: lcazares@sdsu.edu

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