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Contact Info


Leanne H. Field, Ph.D.
Director, Public Health, Health Information Technology and 
Medical Laboratory Science Programs
Main Office: PAI 1.06B
Phone: (512) 475-8897

Shawna Al-Mashouq, J.D.
Senior Academic Program Coordinator for Public Health
Main Office: GEA 110
Phone: (512) 471-3375

Sydney Benator, RD, LD
Assistant Academic Advisor,
Human Ecology Advising Center
Main Office: GEA 37
Phone: (512) 471-7219

Chris Connelly, M.Ed.
Senior Academic Advisor, CNS Center for First-Year Advising
Main Office: WCH 1.106
Phone: (512) 471-3796

This internship is for undergraduate public health students at UT Austin who are interested in gaining experience in public health through partnerships with state and local public health agencies and other institutions involved in population health.

Student interns will have the opportunity to conduct goal-oriented, semester-long research projects for university credit under the supervision of public health practitioners. In addition to valuable research experience, student interns will gain communication skills by participating in written discussion with peers and preparing an oral presentation about their completed projects. They will present their projects before an audience that includes their fellow interns.

Students will be selected to participate based on merit via a competitive process without regard to race, color, religion, or gender. Completed applications will be reviewed and students may be interviewed in person or by telephone. Selected students will be assigned research projects based on the mutual interest of the student and mentor. 

Student interns must complete 180 hours of work for the semester (approximately 12 hours/week) to earn 3 hours of academic credit in PBH 341R Public Health Research. They must provide their own transportation to the internship site and are responsible for obtaining necessary vaccinations, including vaccination against Hepatitis B virus. Training will be provided in safety, computer security awareness, and in the basic principles of patient's rights to privacy and confidentiality.


Application Requirements

  1. U.S. Citizenship is required for all internships carried out at the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). This is not a requirement for internships carried out at the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department (ATCHHSD).
  2. Enrollment at the University of Texas at Austin as a degree seeker in Public Health
  3. Junior or senior standing with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  4. Prerequisite Coursework: Completion of PBH 317, BIO 325, SDS 328M, and PBH 354.  For some internships, completion of BIO 326M and BIO 226L is required.


Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form and submit it by the deadline.
  2. Applicants must be able to commit to working 12 hours per week for the semester at the internship site plus additional time working one-on-one with Dr. Felkner.


The Public Health Internship Program is offered once per academic year in the spring semester. Public Health Internship Program with PBH 341R credit will be offered in Spring 2020. 


Spring 2020 Internship Project Descriptions


The Spring 2020 application is now OPEN.  CLick HERE to apply. application deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019.


Students will by notified of decision by November 8th, 2019. 

Please contact Dr. Marilyn Felkner with questions.