HSSP HOE Documents

2015 HSSP Summer Internship Blogs

Mitchell Beers 

Patrick Carroll 

Andrew Lerner

Jourdan Paige

Grace Polur

Rebecca Siegel

Betty Varghese

Brendan Weintraub

HSSP Students in 2015 WOW Internships

Julia Doucett ’16   Supportive Living Incorporated, Lexington, MA 

Rebecca Groner ’17   National Consumers League, Washington, DC

Zari Havercome ’16    Empowering Through Education Camp, Hinche, Haiti

Diana Langberg ’17      Community Day Center of Waltham, Waltham, MA 

Ngobitak Ndiwane ’16    AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA 

Max Parish ’16    Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Lynn, MA 

Aditi Shah ’17    Legal Outreach Inc., Long Island City, NY 

Elizabeth Villano ’16    Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Chicago, IL 

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Past HSSP Internship News and Blogs 

News ~

  • Little did HSSP Senior Daniel Leisman know that a clinical research study that he designed and completed through his summer internship would lead him to Vancouver and the Pediatric Academic Societies' 2014 annual meeting this May! Read On!



WOW Summer Fellows ~


 HSSP Summer Internship Blogs ~

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Experiential Learning


Overview:  The Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) Program offers the following five options for fulfilling the Hands-On Experience (HOE) Requirement:

1.      A health-related Internship and an Internship Seminar:  HSSP 89a - HSSP Internship, ENVS 89a - Environmental Studies Internship, LGLS 161b - Advocacy for Policy Change, PAX 89a - Internship in Peace, Conflict & Coexistence Studies, or WMGS 89a - When Violence Hits Home;

2.      HSSP 98a/b - Independent Research;

3.      HSSP 99d - Field-based Senior Thesis;

4.      A health-related Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS); or

5.      A health-related Study Abroad.

Note:  Prior written approval is required for all HOE options.

  • For Options 1 and 4, students must request approval from Andy Hart, our HSSP Internship Instructor.
    • Additionally, for Option 2, students must request approval from the HSSP Chair.

    • Additionally, for Option 3, students must request approval from the HSSP Honors Coordinator.

  • For Option 5, students must request approval from the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison.

After reviewing the information below, if you have any questions about these HOE options, please contact our HSSP Internship Instructor.


Option 1: A health-related Internship and an Internship Seminar

Many HSSP majors complete their HOE requirement with HSSP 89a - Internship and Analysis

This course for declared HSSP majors combines: 1) a supervised health-related internship, and 2) a weekly, classroom-based discussion during the Internship Seminar.

Internship Guidelines:

  • The internship placement must be arranged in consultation with the HSSP Internship Instructor.

  • Internships must be approved in writing by the HSSP Internship Instructor before the internship begins.

  • Internships must be “health-related”, i.e., in a health (care) organization whose work involves:

    • Science (e.g., natural sciences and medicine),

    • Society (e.g., the social sciences and public health), and/or

    • Policy (e.g., law, politics, economics, and organizations).

  • Internships may be completed:

    • During the summer (i.e., prior to the Internship Seminar) and such summer internships must span at least 8 weeks and 110 hours; or

    • During the academic semester and such internships must span at least 10 weeks and 100 hours.

  • Internships can include work in either the public or private sectors.

  • Ideally, students will complete the Internship Seminar as close as possible to their internship; however, ultimately it’s their decision as to how to fit these requirements into their schedule.

  • Internships can be either unpaid or paid. To receive credit for a paid internship, the student must notify the HSSP Internship Instructor that the internship is paid and get prior approval from the HSSP Internship Instructor. If an internship is approved as an unpaid internship and a student then receives funding for this internship, the student needs to inform the HSSP Internship Instructor. However, the internship will remain approved, unless the student is informed otherwise.

Note: With prior written approval from the HSSP Internship Instructor, a student may substitute a health-related internship taken in conjunction with one of the following Internship Seminars:

  1. LGLS161b - Advocacy for Policy Change (Prof. Melissa Stimell | stimell@brandeis.edu)

  2. ENVS89a - Environmental Internship (Prof. Laura Goldin | goldin@brandeis.edu; students also interested in interning with Healthy Waltham should first speak with Prof. Goldin – i.e., do not contact Healthy Waltham)

  3. PAX89a - Internship in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies (Prof. Leigh Swigart | swigart@brandeis.edu) -- (for Sorensen Fellows only),

  4. WMGS 89a - When Violence Hits Home (Prof. Deirdre Hunter | dhunter@brandeis.edu)

Note: Click here for a fuller description of each of these options.

Internship Requirements:  Students must fulfill the following requirements to secure an approved health-related internship and enrollment in HSSP in any health-related Internship and Internship Seminar:

  1. Meet with the HSSP Internship Instructor in the fall of their sophomore or junior year;

  2. Complete the Student Profile before any meeting with the HSSP Internship Instructor;

  3. Declare HSSP as a major;

  4. Complete the Internship Approval Form; and

  5. Receive prior written approval before beginning their internship.

Students should plan ahead and be aware of this schedule so that they do not jeopardize the approval of their internship. Failure to plan may result in more time and resources devoted to their completion of the HSSP major.

Option 2:  HSSP 98a/b - Independent Research

Under the direction of a member of the HSSP faculty or faculty sponsor approved by the HSSP chair, students will conduct an intensive laboratory or field-based project that culminates in a 20- to 25-page research paper relating the research to science, society and policy. This requires a one-semester commitment.

The project requires collection of primary data or use of existing data (with permission from advising professor) for analysis. Literature reviews and library-based projects are not appropriate for HSSP 98. Students should have prior training in the appropriate research methods that will be used during the project. In addition, students are responsible for finding an appropriate faculty supervisor by the end of the semester preceding enrollment in HSSP 98. If the faculty supervisor is not a member of the HSSP faculty, approval of the project by the chair of HSSP is required before students can register for HSSP 98.

Option 3:  HSSP 99d - Field-based Senior Research

With the approval of the HSSP chair and under the direction of a member of three HSSP faculty members, each student will conduct an original health-related research project field. Similar to the independent research option, the senior thesis requires collection of primary data or use of existing data (with permission from advising professor) for analysis. Literature reviews and library-based projects are not appropriate for HSSP 99d.

Students who select this option will register for HSSP 99d in both of their two final semesters, one of which will count toward the major requirements. This option can be used for students who wish to seek HSSP Honors (see Honors Requirements).

Students who complete their internship requirement through the other options may still be eligible to undertake senior honors thesis research.

Note: See HSSP Senior Thesis Guidelines for more details.

Option 4:  Health-related Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS)

A health-related JBS can fulfill the HOE requirement will satisfy the HOE requirement. JBS programs are integrated and immersive academic programs. Small groups of students explore a topic in depth through academic courses linked to real-world experiences. JBS programs teach important real-world transferable skills. Interested students should meet with the HSSP Internship Instructor before applying to the JBS program.

For more information see Justice Brandeis Semesters (JBS).

Option 5:  HSSP 98a/b - Study Abroad

Fieldwork performed during a Study Abroad program may satisfy the HOE requirement. Students interested in this option must first speak with and obtain prior written approval from the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison, and then notify the HSSP Internship Instructor in the semester prior to beginning the Study Abroad program. The program will be reviewed to ensure it meets criteria for a hands-on experience in a health-related field.

Upon completion of the Study Abroad experience, students must submit a 20-25 page paper to the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison. The HSSP Study Abroad Liaison will review this paper to ensure programmatic requirements are met. If met, the HOE requirement will be fulfilled.