Public Health Internships
Internships for college credit may be available based on the MMC’s program needs at the time. Fall or spring semester is preferred, but limited opportunities for summer internships may come available. In order to work with patients and families, and for all positions listed below, interns must be bilingual in English and Spanish.
Intern will be responsible for educating parents and teens about the required and optional vaccines each child will receive during their visit to the mobile clinic. Intern will be prepared to answer questions about specific vaccines and the background and science of immunizations in general. Beyond educating, intern must be a vocal advocate for vaccination. Intern can pair the above responsibilities with research in immunology, best practices for immunization education, and pain-free care initiatives. Additionally special project available for intern to perform data collection and analysis regarding immunization rates in uninsured children in Hillsborough County.
Early Intervention Obesity Counselor
Patients seen on MMC require a culturally informed and family centered approach to wellness. Children whose BMI is approaching or above the 95th percentile are considered overweight or obese. Intern would implement a pilot program targeted to patients and their families who fall within this risk category. Potential for student to analyze patient satisfaction or similar data for special project.
Health and Wellness Educator
Will be trained in child advocacy priority areas: asthma, healthy eating, physical activity, water safety, car passenger safety/teen driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety. Intern would be responsible for educating families (for parents and age appropriate education for children) on these topics. Dependent on time constraints and funding, intern would provide health and safety products to supplement education topics based on family need. These responsibilities could be paired with a special project in program evaluation (of these education efforts) or research on community resources and internet based educational tools available to families.
Mobile Clinic Intern Requirements:
- Hours: MMC often operates evening hours. Interns should be prepared to work during clinic schedule.
- Transportation: Must have reliable transportation to various locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.
- Contract: Intern should prepare an outline of duties /goals to be achieved on a week/semester schedule. Objectives of both the MMC and the student should be clearly outlined prior to beginning project. MMC and intern will coordinate with university to create specific requirements for credit.
- Supervisory meetings: student will be trained to work independently and will schedule weekly (or as needed) meetings with internship supervisor to provide feedback about responsibilities and progress.
BayCare Intern Requirements:
- Reference Check: Provide several references for staff to contact to verify character and experience.
- Background Check: Must pass background check inclusionary of criminal history.
- Volunteer Orientation: Full day orientation at St. Joseph's Hospital on appropriate behaviors, dress, and standards for all BayCare Volunteers.
- HIPPA Training: Legal requirements and responsibilities of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
- Confidentiality Agreement: All volunteers working with and in patient areas will be required to sign agreement stating intern's ability to maintain patient confidentiality and to refute any potential competing interests.
- TB Screening: PPD and follow up check for Tuberculosis.
For more information about internships, call (813) 615-0589.