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Student Internship Program

Student Internship Program

Student Internship Questionnaire

Program Overview:

Students involved in an internship with the Monroe County Health Department will be exposed to many different aspects of public health. Interns will work closely with staff members as well as complete a designated project. Interns gain vital career experience while assisting with our mission to promote, protect and improve the health of those in Monroe County.

Who is eligible? 

Current undergraduate and graduate students over the age of 18 who need an unpaid internship to fulfill their degree requirements or would like to gain real world experience. 

How to apply? 

You can download the internship questionnaire here or contact us so we can send it to you. Please return the completed questionnaire, along with a recent resume, by email or mail. Applications will be reviewed three times a year. Selected applicants will be asked to interview for an internship position.  

When to apply? 

Internships are generally offered three times a year. Please see the table below to determine when is the best time to apply. The starting date, ending date and hours are general and will be individualized in your Memorandum of Understanding. We will work hard to make sure the internship will fill your needs. The deadlines below give you the best chance for a successful application but later applications may be considered as time and space allows.
Starting Date
Ending Date
Application Deadline
May 1st
August 31st
March 30th
September 1st
December 31st
May 30th
January 1st
April 30
November 15th
Internship Objectives: 
  • To gain a basic understanding of how Monroe County Health Department operates within the community to provide education on health and to regulate state and local public health laws.   
  • To gain as much experience as possible in the field of public health. This may include assisting staff members in implementing and evaluating programs for public health administration, education, swimming pools and spas, rural wastewater systems, rabies control, hazardous materials safety, food protection, lead prevention, vital records and emergency management. 
  • To establish networking opportunities throughout the community by working with established community partnerships, schools and government agencies.   
  • To gain experience in research, evaluation and analysis of public health programming as well as the requirements of public health accreditation.

Robert M. Schmidt Public Health Field Experience Award 

Robert Schmidt served the citizens of Monroe County as the director of the Monroe County Health Department for 10 years. In this role, he was dedicated to the public health of our community as one of his many characteristics that made him a leader. He worked long and tirelessly to open Future’s Family Health Clinic to provide reproductive services primarily for low income residents. In July of 2007, under Bob’s leadership, local community members and service organizations participated in the Indiana Public Health System Improvement Project, from which the Monroe County Community Health Assessment was born. It was in the spirit of Bob’s vision to participate, contribute, solve and improve the health of Monroe County residents that this project was undertaken in partnership with Indiana University, Bloomington Hospital, Monroe Hospital and Center for Behavioral Health – to name a few.
Bob began his career in public health after earning an undergraduate degree in Health and Safety from Indiana University - Bloomington. He then went on to complete a Master of Public degree in Environmental Health at Tulane University. He was very active in national, state and local organizations including the American Public Health Association, Indiana Public Health Association and the Indiana and National Environmental Associations. Bob was an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Applied Health Science in the School of Public Health - Bloomington. He was dedicated to helping young public health professionals and students learn about public health through practical experiences. He was always willing to allow students the opportunity to learn about public health through the various programs at the health department.  

Academic Information and Award Requirements: 

Applicant Requirements:  The applicant must be currently enrolled in the MPH Program in the School of Public Health - Bloomington and pursuing a MPH degree in one of the following concentrations in the Department of Applied Health Science:  Public Health Administration, Behavioral, Social and Community Health, Professional Health Education, or Family Health.
In order to apply and be considered, the applicant must be in the second year of the MPH program and have met all of the prerequisites and degree requirements at the time the scholarship is awarded for the Field Experience in Public Health course.
Applicants who have other funding or scholarships/awards during the semester in which the field experience is implemented are not eligible for this award.
The applicant must have a G.P.A. at a 3.50 or higher at the time of application. The applicant's current transcripts must be included with the application materials.
The applicant must have documented previous work or internship experience in one of the above mentioned MPH concentrations. The documentation must be included with the application materials.
The applicant must complete the Monroe County Health Department Public Health Field questionnaire, available from the Monroe County Health Department.
The applicant must indicate in the document that he/she would like to be considered for the award. The award recipient will be chosen by the administration and staff at the Monroe County Health Department. 
Award Amount:  The award recipient will be awarded 5 credits of tuition reimbursement for in-state students or 2 credits of tuition reimbursement for out-of-state students. The award is worth approximately $1,900. The award amount will be credited on the award recipient's Bursar's account for the required field credits for the MPH degree. 

Contact Kathy Hewett for more information: 

Student Internship Program                                    
Monroe County Health Department                      
119 W 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Direct:  (812) 349-2722      

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