Health Promotion Internship


Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS) Health Promotion unit offers unpaid internships for undergraduate students in community health, health and wellness promotion, and Public Health.  Interns will work with staff in the health promotion unit on a variety of community projects and programs in Olmsted County.

OCPHS is located in Rochester, Minnesota.  Self-motivated and innovative students should apply.  All internships must be a minimum of 12 weeks (480 hours), but may be increased to meet school requirements.

Interns gain experience in the full delivery of population health interventions including: assessment, program planning, community engagement and health promotion and marketing.


Candidates for the Olmsted County Public Health Services internships must be actively enrolled in an accredited college or university requiring the completion of an internship prior to graduation. Candidates must be in pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Community Health, Public Health or Wellness. Students should be in their senior year.

Intern responsibilities include:

  • Establishing positive relationships by communicating effectively in one on-one or group settings
  • Assist in building, supporting and sustaining community partnerships
  • Demonstrate competence in implementing grant deliverables along with learning about grant writing and evaluation of grant activities
  • Creating and delivering targeted health promotion materials and presentations
  • Delivering high quality service to the community with confidentiality and compassion

Health Promotion Internship job description (85 KB)

As an intern you have the opportunity to observe other departments within Public Health, including:

  • Environmental Health
  • Health Assessment and Planning
  • Disease Prevention and Control
  • Healthy Children and Families
  • School Public Health Nursing

OCPHS internships offer daily on-the-job interactions with colleagues for undergraduate and graduate students to gain quality career experience.  As a health promotion intern, you are a valued member of the OCPHS team.

Application Process

Internships are offered in the spring, fall and summer

Applications received between these dates will be considered:

  • Spring internship -- apply between August 1 and October 1
  • Summer internship -- apply between Jan 1 and March 1
  • Fall internship -- apply between April 1 and June 1

During the application process, you'll be asked to attach:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter -- describe your career objectives and list pertinent experiences you've had, your current academic standing, and hour required for your internship.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all application materials are completed and received on or before the deadline for each internship period. the selection committee will not review incomplete applications. Applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee and offers will be made within one month of the closing date.


Interns need to make their own housing arrangements in the community.

Transportation and Parking

You will need to make your own arrangements for traveling to and from work. Parking is available on campus.  Biking is encouraged and bike racks are available.

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