Student guidance on internship and clinical education courses

Updated May 26, 2021

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

  Please note that the following guidance may be updated as the situation continues to evolve.

In the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, we highly value the educational opportunities provided through internships, practica and clinical education. Our first priority is the health and safety of our Oregon State University community, including students, faculty, staff and the community in which Oregon State University resides. 



Internship details vary by CPHHS program. Students are encouraged to contact their internship coordinator to discuss their program-specific options for participating in internships/clinical education. For summer term, internships/clinical education may take place remotely or on-site, depending on the program. This will continue to be assessed as the situation evolves to ensure health and safety. Any changes needed will be shared directly with students through email, internship coordinator contact, and through this webpage.

We are here for you. Please contact your internship coordinator with questions and concerns. These are extraordinary times, and we will work with you to adapt and find solutions.


Summer Internships

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and contribute to a healthy campus and community, students who are completing an internship/practicum/clinical education are expected to take personal responsibility in following these safety protocols throughout the entirety of their experience:

  • Complete training through Bridge titled “Pandemic – Slowing the Spread of Disease” before the start of the internship/practicum.
  • Read OSU’s policy on the use of face coverings. Ask internship/practicum site about their policy on face coverings and follow its guidance. In general, face coverings should be worn in enclosed public and common areas and in outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not easily maintained.
  • Read OSU’s policy on physical distancing. Ask internship/practicum site about its policy on physical distancing, and follow guidance. In general, even when wearing a face covering, maintain a distance of at least six feet of distance between individuals to the greatest extent possible.
  • Self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 before going to the internship/practicum site. Stay home if symptoms are present. Isolate and avoid close contact with others. Contact your primary health care provider by phone or secure patient portal for medical advice, and follow all public health guidance.
    • Report: If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you are requested to provide confidential notification to Oregon State University.
    • Find resources: Reach out to the COVID-19 Care Ambassador program ( if you test positive for COVID-19 or are informed that you need to quarantine after a recent COVID-19 exposure. Ambassadors will help you plan for housing, meals, coursework, health care services, financial support and more.
    • Participate in contact tracing: Expect to receive a phone call from the Benton County Health Department (or your local health department). Please answer your phone when a contact tracer calls (pdf); you must comply with all contact tracing and public health directions.
    • Monitor your symptoms: Monitor your symptoms and follow care instructions from your health care provider — 80% of people infected with COVID-19 recover well in their homes.
  • Stay home if you have been in close contact with someone else with symptoms or someone known to be positive with the disease. Follow instructions from the local public health authority.
  • Practice good hand hygiene (e.g., frequently wash or sanitize hands; avoid touching face with unwashed hands).
  • Keep the internship coordinator informed of any updates or changes to the internship related to COVID-19. Contact them at any time with questions or concerns.


For additional information, visit Oregon State University’s COVID-19 Safety & Success.