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Internships are a great opportunity for career exploration and skill development. An internship allows you to gain real hands-on experience within your desired field. Not only are they a great way of kickstarting your professional resume, they are also great way to test run your career before you graduate. Don’t miss out on opportunities to gain new skills and network with professionals!

Typical Internship Sites

  • Medical and hospital setting​

  • Business industries​

  • Voluntary agencies​

  • Philanthropic foundations​

  • Government agencies​

  • Educational institutions​

  • Private for profit or non-profit agencies​​

  • NOTE: All sites must be approved by the instructor and MUST follow the Internship Planning Guide and responsibilities for students, agencies, and university.

HSC 485: Internship in Community Health Education

  • The internship, a 3-credit field placement (HSC 485)  is an integral part of the Community Health Program. ​

  • Second semester juniors and seniors conduct  “hands-on” work experience (with onsite supervision) in diverse community health fields​

  • 120 hours at their internship site.  ​

  • Meet for group and/or individual meetings throughout the semester with your internship instructor

Frequently Asked Questions



What is an internship?

The internship, a 3-credit field placement (HSC 485)  is an integral part of the Community Health Program. Second semester juniors and seniors conduct  “hands-on” work experience (with onsite supervision) in diverse community health fields ​

What are the benefits of an internship?

  • A college internship can lead to a job​

  • An internship in college can help kick start your professional resume​

  • Internships can be a test run for your career​

  • You can learn new skills as an intern​

  • Internships can grow your professional work​

  • You can get a professional reference​

  • And – some college internships pay.

How do I find an internship?

  • Start by asking your school about internships for college students​

  • Network - talk to people – students, teachers, family, friends, etc.​

  • Visit Career Development Services Office​

  • Identify career interests​

  • Look for internships on company websites. ​

  • Search for online job boards for internships for college students – e.g. Monster, Glassdoor, Indeed,  Career Builder,, job search engines, classifies ads​

  • Search internship-specific job boards – e.g.,,,,, USAjobs.gove,​

  • Search the City or County Chambers of Commerce ​

  • Attend career fairs -Telephone or visit employers in your geographic and/or career areas of interest and inquire about summer jobs/internships. Be sure to follow up with employers whenever possible to arrange an in-person or telephone interview.​

  • Social media – LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter​

  • Become an entrepreneur​

  • Gain experience as a new graduate or career changer

When is a good time to start looking for an internship?

It is never too early to start looking for an internship. You want to make sure to apply well in advance of the deadline so start searching as soon as possible.

Can I get paid for an internship?

Yes, some internships are paid.

Can I use my current job for my internship?

If your workplace is approved as a community health internship site, you may conduct your internship with someone outside or a department other than your worksite.

If I am an international student, what do I have to do to obtain an internship?

International students receive authorization to work in an internship through their Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is authorized by CSULB for international students participating in curricular-related employment such as cooperative education, work-study, practicum and internship programs. To find out more about CPT, click the following link:

How many hours are required for an internship?

120 hours at their internship site.

Can I conduct my internship at a hospital?

Yes; however, keep in mind your role and responsibility must be non-clinical. You cannot be shadowing a nurse, treating patients, etc.

Can I substitute the internship course for another course?

No, the internship class is a requirement for a degree in Health Science of which 120 hours is the minimum number of hours to earn a grade.

Can I conduct my internship outside the country?

Yes, you must get approval from risk management and your instructor before proceeding. 

Can I conduct my internship in another state? What is the requirement?

If you are able to get approval for your internship instructor and CSULB risk management works with the organization to get an affiliation agreement in place you can do an internship in another state.

How early can I start my internship before the semester starts?

Students are not allowed to start an internship until the first day of the semester and the internship site has been approved by the internship professor.

Can I change my internship placement during the semester in case of dissatisfaction?

This is something that would need to be discussed with the internship professor.

Can I do my internship online entirely?

Tentatively, yes. For the time being, some sites offer remote internships. However, many organizations are transitioning back to face-to-face, in-person work. Additionally, it is in your best interest to find such internship as the health education and public health field work hands on with people in communities.