CHE Internship Placements
A student is placed in community health agencies based on the student's interests and experience, as well as demonstrated commitment to student learning by the community organization. Considerations for internship placements are also based on the resources available from the Department to support the supervision of fieldwork experiences, such as internships outside a 60-mile range from the campus.
Sample CHE Internship Locations by Health Topic or Issue
Children's Health: Millis Center - High Point Regional Hospital
Adolescent Pregnancy: Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy
Minority Health Issues: Sickle Cell Disease Association of the Piedmont
Wellness & Health Promotion: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Tobacco Use: Step Up NC
Substance Abuse: Alcohol & Drug Services
Responsible Sexual Behavior: Family Life Council Wise Guys - Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program
Mental Health: Mental Health Association in Greensboro
Injury and Violence: NC DOI Safe Kids Program
Environmental Quality: NC Division of Environmental Health
Sample CHE Internship Locations by Settings
Community Health: Family Service of the Piedmont
College & University: UNCG Student Health- Wellness Center
Health Care & Medical: Moses Cone Health System- Regional Cancer Center
Public Health: Forsyth County Department of Public Health
School Health: Communities in School
Worksite Health: Duke's LIVE FOR LIFE
Research Setting: Tanglewood Research
CHE Internship Requirements
The Health Education Internship requires the student to:
- complete a minimum of 400 hours with the internship organization;
- develop a work plan that identifies measurable and realistic objectives for his/her internship experience and complete a major health education project for the internship organization;
- practice a variety of health education competencies;
- complete a variety of assignments, reports and presentations regarding the internship experience, professional development issues, and other health education issues;
- attend seminars/meetings with assignments and discussions or complete distance learning activities, upon approval.
Securing the CHE Internship:
Students generally find their internships with the aid of the faculty field coordinator and academic advisor the semester prior to the internship with most internship placements primarily in the spring semesters. For internship planning, students have access to Organizational Profiles from sites that can provide a strong experience. Once a student as decided on a site, the faculty coordinator contacts the potential preceptor to finalize the placement and complete University Instructional Agreement.
Guidelines for CHE Internship Projects:
It is expected that the student will participate in a range of health education experiences. The student is encouraged to become involved in health education interventions utilize health education methods and strategies such as community assessment, social marketing, programmed instruction, and group facilitation. Specific learning objectives for each student will be developed jointly between the student, the preceptor, and faculty coordinator. Examples of the specific service learning responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- program planning, implementation and evaluation of community health education interventions
- planning and coordination of special events community health assessments (including assessments of assets, needs and resources)
- health education resource and material development (i.e., brochures, displays, web pages, newsletters)
- development of health communication interventions (i.e., mass media campaigns, PSAs)
- training development and facilitation (i.e., in-service trainings, staff trainings)
- patient education and one-on-one counseling on various health topics in an effort to assist consumers in successful lifestyle/behavior change
- assist in administration of health screenings and health risk assessments
- development and facilitation school-based lesson plans
- coordination of health education services
All students who are enrolled in PHE courses that include field experiences are strongly encouraged to purchase professional liability insurance prior to starting any internship, practicum, or student teaching experience. The professional liability insurance should be in effect for each course that requires a field experience, as well as during student teaching. In instances where a student causes damage or injury during the field experience or student teaching, neither the University nor the State of North Carolina will be responsible for providing legal defense for the student, or for paying for any judgment that may be entered against the student.
If students purchase the professional liability through UNCG the cost is currently $20.00 and is due the 1st week of December prior to the internship placement in the spring semester.
CHE Internship Supervision
Supervision of the internship is typically provided by a health educator who is academically prepared in community or school health education. In absence of an academically prepared health educator, a preceptor may be assigned. Assigned preceptors should be or have at least 3-5 years professional experience in the field as a practitioner and supervisory skills. The preceptor insures the intern is completes an appropriate orientation and training; identifies the internship assignments, provides continuous feedback regarding the intern's performance, and acts as a professional mentor.
The faculty coordinator will conduct site visits as needed during the semester to (1) assess student progress, (2) observe the student implementing a program, and/or (3) provide guidance, as appropriate. Telephone or e-mail contacts will also be utilized to monitor the internship experience. The student will contact the preceptor and faculty coordinator with any questions or concerns at any time during the internship. The student, preceptor and faculty coordinator will have continued communication throughout the internship in regard to the student's progress or any areas of success or concern. Additional information and guidance will be provided during the semester related to student expectations and assignments for the Health Education Internship. Organization supervisors and students with questions or comments are encouraged to contact the faculty coordinator.