FAQ public health undergraduate internship


Public Health Undergraduate Internships

The official start date of an internship is the first day of the academic term, and the end date is Tuesday of Finals Week for undergraduates.

There is the option to start early, before the start of the term, as long as you are registered for the internship.

All due dates follow the academic calendar.

  • Overrides for domestic internships are provided after the learning agreement (previously known as Form A) is submitted by Wednesday of Week 8 before your internship term.
  • Deadlines are posted on the internship website.
  • You cannot register for domestic internships without following this process.
  • If you are doing an IE3 internship, you still submit the learning agreement by the deadline, but IE3 registers you.
  • Email the learning agreement to [email protected] by the deadline.

You received your PIN from your academic advisor, we do not have them.

When you register, 1 credit is the default, you need to manually change this to the credit amount you need to take for your internship requirement.

There are optional assignments in the portfolio template that you can complete for extra hours.  These are submitted by Tuesday of Finals Week.  Opportunities should be free to the student.  Please see the portfolio for specific instructions. Some specific examples of professional development to count as extra hours include:

  • Free webinars from credible sources, including the CDC webinars and APHA webinars.
  • American College of Healthcare Executives Online Webinars and Seminars.
  • Identify free/low cost workshops, trainings, conferences, etc. to attend.
  • Informational interviews and/or job shadows.
  • Attend meetings, committee meetings, etc.
  • Read Leadership/Professional Development books.
  • Revise the internship portfolio to be a professional showcase of your academic career.  This can include expanding on sections, including past course examples, changing the visual appearance and even making it a digital portfolio.  This could include seeking out on campus resources to learn new software, programming, and technical skills.


The internship must be separate from a current job, with separate projects, hours and preferably a separate supervisor.

Internships have to be with community partners or campus centers such as Student Health Services, CAPS or HSRC.  Working with faculty (not extension in the community) would be considered more individualized work that would count as a project or a practicum.

Yes! You as long as you are not a double option.  The internship can be taken for up to 24 credits.  If you have done your required 12 credit internship and need upper division credits, you can do another 12 credit internship or you can do a 6 credit internship.

An affiliation agreement is a legal contract between OSU and the internship organization. We do no require them, but if internship sites do, please visit the Internship Process and Requirements page, for the full information on affiliation agreements.

Past experiences cannot be counted for the internship. You must be registered for the term you plan to complete your internship to receive credit.