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 319
Phone: (512) 471-3375

Maggie Rigney, M.A.
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 studenta at UT Austin who are interested in gaining experience in public health laboratory science or epidemiology through partnerships with state and local public health agencies.

Student interns will have the opportunity to conduct goal-oriented, semester-long research projects for university credit under the supervision of public health scientists in laboratory science or epidemiology. In addition to valuable research experience, student interns will gain communication skills by preparing both written and oral presentations 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 will 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 361P, Public Health Internship. 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.

Student Evaluation

Student performance will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. attendance, 10%
  2. mentor's evaluations, 30%
  3. journals, 15%
  4. oral reports, 20%
  5. written reports, 25%

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 or post-baccalaureate student
  3. Junior or senior standing with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  4. Prerequisite Coursework: Completion of PBH 317, BIO 325, and SDS 328M.  For laboratory internships, completion of PBH 354, BIO 326M, and BIO 226L is required.
  5. If have not completed (or are not currently enrolled in) the prerequisite coursework, but believe that you may be qualified to participate because of other experiences, please e-mail Dr. Leanne Field ( to discuss your individual situation.

Application Process

  1. Complete the on-line application form and submit it by the deadline.
  2. Request a recommendation from one UT faculty member who will fill out the on-line recommendation form.  DO NOT submit a name without contacting the reference first.
  3. Provide your resume to Shawna Al-Mashouq (
  4. Participate in a group interview at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  5. All eligible applicants will be invited to a "Meet and Greet" event with the internship mentors.
  6. 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. Field.

The Public Health Internship Program is offered once per academic year either in the fall or spring semester. Check back soon for upcoming internship application dates and information.

Please contact Dr. Leanne Field  or Maggie Rigney with questions.