An Ounce of Prevention…Internship Planning and Implementation for Students, University Advisors, and Site Supervisors

Keely S. Rees, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Sharon E. Thompson, University of Texas at El Paso

Rees, K.S., Thompson, S.E., (25). An ounce of prevention&Internship planning and implementation for students, university advisors, and site supervisors. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 3(3), 1-7.


Internships in the health profession, specifically in public and community health education and promotion, are a valuable opportunity for students to acquire new skills, as well as implement their recently acquired academic knowledge. There are generally three key players in the internship process: the faculty advisor or coordinator, the site supervisor, and the student intern. There are processes and procedures that can greatly help facilitate a positive experience for all three parties. Essential to this internship process are good organization skills, meticulous planning abilities, and clear communication channels. This article provides easy steps that all three individuals can benefit from during the planning and implementation phases of the internship experiences.