Public Health Students

A Public Health internship, as a core component of the curriculum, should allow students to apply their academic knowledge in professional settings. Students who want to gain relevant professional experience should engage in projects and tasks that contribute to the mission and work of the organization, but they must, at the same time, engage in meaningful experiences that allow for the application of academic knowledge.

Intern Spotlight

Read about UMBC Public Health Students’ experiences interning at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Student trainees in the Meaningful Community Services program spend a semester gaining profession skills related to community based public health services. Meaningful Community Services at Kennedy Krieger Institute helps individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain meaningful employment and community engagement through a person-centered approach.

Current student, Jack Morton (Health Administration Track, 2022 anticipated), was an intern with University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Cardiac Surgery Unit during summer 2021. Jack’s internship focused on funding opportunities for “Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery” metrics. After graduation, Jack plans to attend medical school to prepare for a clinical career in medicine.

Read about Inaya Wahid’s (HAPP 2020) internship experience at the Delaware Public Health Association/Delaware Academy of Medicine in Newark, Delaware.

Read about Jessica Linus’ (HAPP 2018) internship experience with National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Rwanda.

Resources for Interns

Internship Handbook

Internship Guidelines and Criteria

Timeline and Important Dates

Internship Orientation Spring 2022


IMPORTANT: If you are not a Public Health (formerly HAPP) internship myUMBC group member, contact Professor Meryl Cozart ASAP via email,

Resources for Organizations/Agencies

Internship Handbook

Supporting Organizations and Agencies

Roles and Responsibilities

Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) Tutorial for Preceptors


Sociology & Anthropology Students

An internship can be taken in two ways in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health.

One is SOCY 396, Community Service and Learning Internship, which is a pass-fail course (1-3 credits) and does not count towards the minor or major. This course is offered through the Shriver Center and permits students to participate in the delivery of social services to the elderly, disadvantaged youth, the mentally and physically challenged, the homeless, the environment, or illiterate adults. In order to sign up for this course, you should contact Michele Wolff,

The second course is either SOCY 399 or ANTH 399, Independent Study, which is taken for credit (1-3) and does count towards the major or minor. You should find a faculty advisor who will agree to work with you on an internship. In this course you will complete additional work, such as a term paper, beyond the SOCY 396 internship requirements. The additional work involved will be specified by the advisor. You can count only two independent study courses or internships towards the Anthropology or Sociology major or minor.