Option 1: Health-related internship + HSSP 89a
- The Internship Seminar is usually offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
- The health-related Internship: Each HSSP major is responsible for researching and securing their own health-related internship: ‘Health-related’ means related to science (e.g., natural sciences or medicine), society (e.g., the social sciences or public health), and/or policy (e.g., law, politics, or economics).
- All internships must be pre-approved via the HSSP Internship Approval Form, which, once submitted will be reviewed by the HSSP’s Internship Instructor. There is no deadline for seeking such pre-approval.
- Internships can be in person or online.
- For summer internships, a minimum of 8 weeks and a minimum of 110 hours.
- For internship during the academic year: a minimum of 100 hours.
- Internships can be paid or unpaid.
Examples of recently approved Internships include working in a lab on a health-related project, conducting health services research, shadowing physicians in clinical settings, or contact tracing as well as conducting public health, health economics, and health marketing projects.
When to complete the Internship: Most HSSP majors complete their Internships in the summer before Junior or Senior year, however, some do so during the Academic Year.
When to take the Internship Seminar: HSSP majors may complete the HSSP 89a: Internship Seminar at the same time or just after they complete their Internship. Therefore, you may either 1) complete your Internship during the summer then take HSSP 89a during the academic year or 2) your Internship concurrently while you are taking HSSP 89a. You cannot take the Seminar before you take the Internship.
Before Your Internship: Before starting your internship, it must be pre-approved in writing by the Internship Instructor. If you have questions, email the Internship Instructor to discuss your options.
How to find an Internship: Students are responsible for finding their own internships. A great place to start is making an appointment with the internship advisors at the Hiatt Career Center. As you apply to internships, give yourself plenty of time. To give you any idea of the diverse opportunities for HSSP approved internships, here is a list of examples from 2021-2022.
The Pre-Approval Process: As soon as you have secured an internship, complete adn submit the HSSP 89a Internship Approval Form, Your submission will be reviewed and you will be notified by email of whether or not that internship meets the HSSP HOE Internship requirements.
Note on Outside Internships: While HSSP credit is only available for internships completed in conjunction with HSSP 89a, regular Brandeis credit may be available for other internships. For example, other departments also offer internship courses, including LGLS 89a and SJSP 89a. If students are considering substituting one of these courses for HSSP 89a, they should first contact Professor Zinner to receive pre-approval before petitioning.