Health Service Internship

No prerequisites – now recruiting for Fall 2021 interns until Sunday 4/4/2021! Apply now!

The Health Service Internship (HSI) program is dedicated to service and community engagement in underserved populations in the Bay Area. It is a 3-unit, Pass/No Pass semester-long program that places students in internships with community and non-profit organizations throughout the Bay, with emphasis on public health. This is not a clinical internship, but instead interns will be involved in non-profit organizations where they will work with administrative staff. Past internships have ranged across a variety of interests, including but not limited to internships with youth mentorship programs, resource centers for cancer patients, food justice organizations, and refugee health centers. Intern duties can also vary and are determined by the organizations and their needs, and interns can gain exposure to methods such as direct service provision, health education campaigns and public policy/advocacy, to name a few. Coupled with the 6-8 hour a week internship, students attend a weekly 2 hour section where they discuss major issues in the field of public health. This class offers the intimacy and confidentiality necessary to approach public health from an unbiased, holistic angle. Participation in the program involves engaging in a dialogue regarding systemic health inequities and encouraging community participation in public health-oriented solutions.

For more info, contact the HSI Coordinator at hsicoordinator@berkeley.edu

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Past HSI Internship Placements:

  • UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
  • Kinship Youth Program
  • Women’s Cancer Resource Center
  • Operation Access
  • Alameda County Public Health Department: Shoo the Floo Program
  • Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center
  • Center for Genetics and Society
  • Ruby’s Place
  • Health Through Art
  • YWCA
  • CHAMPS: Community Health & Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success | UCSF Benioff