Community Health Internships

This fieldwork opportunity serves as a capstone experience during which students apply their education in a real-world setting. Students in the community health concentration choose their placement from an array of approved sites. This internship is for a full semester (12 credits), and may occur at a health agency, wellness center, health department or other sector of the health care industry. The internship experience is mandatory, unpaid, full time (assuming a 40 hour work week) for 15 weeks. There are no summer internship options and there are no waivers.

To be eligible for a community health internship, students must have senior status and have successfully completed all required courses with a grade of “C” or better. Prospective interns are required to attend a pre-internship meeting to discuss internship requirements and to assure that appropriate documentation is submitted on their behalf. Required forms are included in the Community Health Internship Handbook (PDF).

Students on disciplinary or academic probation are NOT permitted to participate in a community health internship.

* All students participating in an internship must attend a pre-internship meeting.

Pre-Internship Meetings

To participate in the pre-internship meeting, students MUST:

  1. Meet with their faculty advisor to review their academic requirements report. Confirm via email — in advance of the session in which they will participate the specific meeting to be attended. RSVPs should be directed to Dr. Wendy Whitner 410-704-4223 or
  2. Bring both their academic requirements report and an academic review form from their faculty advisor establishing that the student is eligible for internship upon completion of courses in which s/he is currently enrolled.
  3. Review the list of internship sites available in the health science majors’ Blackboard community site.
  4. Complete a preliminary community health internship site request form with your three top placement choices. This form is attached to the pre-internship meeting invitation email.

Students who do not fulfill requirements will not be guaranteed internship placement for the term requested.

NOTE: Students who are “Dual” concentrations, who intend on being placed in the community health setting for half of the term, MUST also bring evidence of successful passing of the PRAXIS I or evidence of PRAXIS I waiver based on SAT scores to the pre-internship meeting.

Students in need of further information should contact Dr. Wendy Whitner at

Additional Information

Faculty are responsible for planning, developing and implementing curriculum for programs of study that are reflective of the needs of the field and the certifying and accrediting bodies of our disciplines. The community health internships are part of the curriculum in the majors. The sites that participate in these internships have been reviewed and approved for inclusion in our curriculum by the community health internship coordinator of the Department of Health Sciences. 

All sites must sign a “letter of agreement” with the Department of Health Sciences, a legal document that stipulates how the internship site will be providing an educationally appropriate setting for our students. This document can only be signed by university officials.

  • Students are not legally allowed to enter into negotiations with potential internship sites.
  • If you are a major please refer to the health science majors’ Blackboard community page.