Host an MPH intern

H510 MPH Internship

Information for Domestic Preceptors and Internship Sites

Sites should be community-based and be engaged in public health work. Sites can be governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial, and for-profit settings.


Interested in Hosting an Intern?

  1. Watch the MPH Internship Preceptor Orientation.
  2. Review the  Preceptor Handbook for detailed information about hosting an intern.
  3. If you have a specific internship opportunity, create a position announcement and send it to the MPH Internship Coordinator, Tonya Johnson, to post on the listserv.
    1.   MPH Internship Position Description Template
  4. If a student approaches you/your organization and you agree to the requirements in the Preceptor Handbook and below, you are welcome to work with the student to create an internship opportunity. Please contact Tonya Johnson with any questions.


Site requirements

Before offering an internship to a student, please double check your site requirements (background check, drug testing, etc.). Make sure to communicate this to the student and let them know if they are responsible for the cost and the expected timeline.

Please also check to see if your site requires an affiliation agreement. We have affiliation agreements with many major clinics and hospitals in Oregon. To create a new affiliation agreement, that would require collaborating with the Procurement and Contract Services Office.

Due to the volume of affiliation agreements that this office is responsible for, please allow several weeks to months, depending on complexity.

An affiliation agreement can be established with a site that would like to establish a partnership and host interns regularly. We are unable to do affiliation agreements one time only for a student, it would need to be a partnership with having opportunities regularly available for students to apply to.


Internship Site Responsibilities

Designate a Preceptor

The site should designate a supervisor (preceptor) for the student intern. This person should be an employee of the organization, have relevant public health experience, and a graduate degree, or at least 5 years relevant public health work experience. They should not be related to the student. The preceptor should be available to support the student throughout the duration of the internship process, including meeting with the student to provide mentorship and feedback on work projects, and reviewing and signing off on paperwork. It is common for sites to have two preceptors for a student.

  MPH Intership Preceptor Checklist

Provide Relevant Projects

The internship should fit with at least five of the MPH competencies. The internship should result in at least two products to be handed off to you / your organization.

Provide Workspace

For onsite/in-person internships, it is the responsibility of the site to provide the student with workspace and expectations of the work schedule and office related policies.

Provide 200 hours of work

Interns can complete 200 hours over one term (20 hours per week) or over two consecutive terms (10 hours per week). Hours are spent working on the agreed upon products and competencies.

Meet regularly with the student

The preceptor can meet regularly with the student through in-person meetings, email, phone, and through online platforms like Zoom. Many preceptors schedule a weekly meeting time with their student to check-in on projects and provide feedback.

Provide feedback to the student

Most students will be seeking employment after their internship and it is vital that they receive ongoing feedback regarding their performance, skills, and projects.

Complete Paperwork by the Deadlines

Complete the paperwork before and throughout the term with the student by the designated deadlines listed on the forms.

Paperwork includes:


The organization/agency and student agree to the internship responsibilities and activities as detailed in the Internship Manual. It is not OSU policy to perform background checks on all OSU students, and OSU does not certify or vouch for the background of the students who participate in this internship. Accordingly, you must conduct your own background check or require the student to obtain a background check, if you would like to determine fitness for duty using that information.