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  • Internship and Volunteer Program

    Abrams Public Health CenterPima County Health Department’s Internship Program offers exciting opportunities for students, recent graduates and professionals seeking public health work experience. 

    The Health Department selects applicants based on availability and department needs, and places applicants based on area of interest and expertise. Positions are limited due to staffing capacity and are offered on a competitive basis.

    How to Apply

    As of January 2018, the Health Department is not accepting applications for nursing or medical students seeking medical rotations. Please check back for updates.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for an internship with the Health Department, the applicant must be a registered student receiving internship credit or as a class requirement through a partnering college, university, or educational institution.

    Individuals seeking public health work experience may apply as a volunteer.

    School  Expiration Date  Student/Trainee Type 
    Grand Canyon University 4/14/2018 Clinical education/health practitioners.
    Northern Arizona University 6/30/2021 Student rotation training for nursing & health sciences students, clinical & educational experiences for College of HHS programs, including educational research, learning and public services programs.
    Pima Community College 11/20/2018
    Clinical and educational training experience for students and future practitioners.
    University of Arizona - MAIN 11/14/2022 Students from various colleges, schools, departments and centers for rotation training, and both clinical and non-clinical educational training experiences. (Special provisions for CON students, Dietetic Interns with College of Aggriculture and Life Sciences Dept. & COPH).
    University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (COP) 9/30/2021
    Pharmacy students, future practitioners  (note: research at PCADC).
    University of Arizona College of Medicine 8/1/2022  Rotation of post-graduate physicians, classified as residents and fellows from UACOMSC to PC for clinical and educational training experiences.

    A limited number of internship and volunteer opportunities are available for the school year 2018/2019.

    Individuals may apply directly for Health Department promoted projects or submit their own project. Applications with identified projects will take priority. Following review of the application, interns or volunteers are selected and placed based upon the nature of the project and the availability of Health Department staff. Opportunities are unpaid and without financial compensation unless otherwise stated.

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    Areas of Interest

    Internship and volunteer opportunities may be available within 5 different areas of the department. If applying for an internship, we recommend you choose the area related to your major or directly related to your career interest.
    • Non-focused/General

      • Description: General support offers a unique unpaid volunteer opportunity to individuals interested in sharing their abilities and talents to support community work in public health. 
      • Potential Activities: General support includes a range of activities from attending community events to survey delivery to clerical assignments such as assisting with data entry, creating print materials, processing paperwork and referrals, greeting customers, and working on various office projects. 
    • Clinical Services

      • Description: Clinical Services provides interns and volunteers an opportunity to work with staff in a clinical or medical public health setting.
      • Relevant Degree Programs: Students seeking a degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, biology, medicine, physiology, nursing, health sciences, pharmacy, or a related health/science field may benefit from interning in this area. 
      • Potential Activities: 
        • Activities for interns could include but are not limited to: health surveillance of communicable diseases, disease reporting, data analysis, developing projects and resources for clinical programs and outreach including immunizations, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), tuberculosis, oral health and reproductive health. 
        • Activities for volunteers will vary greatly based on the volunteer’s interest and department needs. For individuals interested in nursing volunteer opportunities, certifications will be required.
    • Community Based Health Services

    • Community Health Assurance

      • Description: Community Health Assurance provides interns and volunteers an opportunity to work with staff who are responsible for enforcing regulations that protect the public’s health and for quickly responding to public health emergencies and disasters.
      • Relevant Degree Programs: Students seeking a degree in food safety, food science, microbiology, environmental health, toxicology, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, emergency preparedness, communication, or a related environmental health/science field may benefit from interning in this area.
      • Potential Activities:
        • Activities for interns could include but are not limited to: health surveillance, data analysis, developing projects and resources that promote environmental health, developing trainings for public health emergencies, developing projects and resources for health inspections or environmental protection.
        • Activities for volunteers will vary greatly based on the volunteer’s interest and department needs.
    • Health Administration

      • Description: Health Administration provides interns and volunteers an opportunity to work leadership, management, administration, and support functions of the department. 
      • Relevant Degree Programs: Students seeking a degree in administration, finance, business, health policy, information sciences and technology, communication, occupation safety, technology, media, or a related business/technology field may benefit from interning in this area. 
      • Potential Activities:
        • Activities for interns could include but are not limited to: developing reports, managing grant-related projects, report auditing, reviewing and analyzing current internal processes, performing quality checks, assisting with special projects, developing print/digital media and advertisement, drafting content for social media platforms and website design.
        • Activities for volunteers will vary greatly based on the volunteer’s interest and department needs.


    Available Opportunities

    Internship Opportunities

    • Thank you for your interest in interning with the Pima County Health Department! This section provides information about SPECIFIC internship opportunities available at the department for students receiving internship credit through a partnering college, university or educational institution. If none are listed below, you may still submit an online application form for consideration. Internship placement is based on staff capacity and the applicant’s skill set and area(s) of interest.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Pima County Health Department! This section provides information about SPECIFIC volunteer opportunities available at the department. If none are listed below, you may still submit an online application form for consideration. Volunteer placement is based on staff capacity and the applicant’s area(s) of interest.

    Current Internship Project(s)

    Advantages

    • Internships provide students with opportunities to apply their academic and problem-solving skills to real-life work experiences in the field of public health. For students seeking future job opportunities with the county, this experience is invaluable in providing skills and training to effectively compete for positions. This internship program also provides potential opportunities to network with experts in the public health community. In addition, students are given the opportunity to develop a meaningful project in their field of study and receive academic credit for their work.
    • Volunteering allows professionals and recent graduates the opportunity to contribute to the public health sector and indirectly make a difference in the health of the Pima County community. In addition, volunteers report sharing their time and talents to solve problems, strengthen community impact, learn new skills, take on challenges, connect with others, and learn about the inner workings of the government and public health sector.

    What Volunteers and Interns Are Saying

    "If you're looking for an impactful way to better the Tucson community, this is the best team you could hope to work with! One of the single greatest benefits to public health was the advent of vaccines. Unfortunately, the recent anti-vaccination trend is jeopardizing the health and safety of many Southern Arizonans. Our team has been working hard to discover some of the reasons why people choose not to receive vaccinations nor vaccinate their children. As someone who was relatively unfamiliar with public health, this project opened my eyes to the challenge our community faces from this threat. I was able to learn an extraordinary amount due to the trust and support of my colleagues on this team. Truly, they valued every suggestion and opinion I had from the very beginning. However, I worked very hard to prove my worth; not only because the caliber of person on this team is very high, but because our community deserves the very best. It has been a truly enlightening experience that I know will enrich the lives of all of us desert-dwellers."- Alec Bennett Perrera. University of Arizona UBRP (Undergraduate Biology Research Program) Graduate, 2017.

    FAQs

    • What kind of hours are expected?

      • Hours are scheduled based on the academic requirements, the department's needs and the intern's availability. Workdays are typically Monday through Friday after 8am or before 5pm. Site supervisors will try their best to accommodate for the intern’s preferred work schedule. The department does sponsor and attend some community based activities on weekends and occasionally after business hours, but cannot guarantee night or weekend work.
    • Can I intern with the department if I am not in school?

      • No. Internships are only available to undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a partnering college, university or educational institution. Volunteers may do internship-level work but are not able to apply for posted internship positions.
    • How can my college/university partner with the Health Department?

      • E-mail HDInternshipProgram@pima.gov and provide the name of your college or university’s Internship Coordinator, as well as their phone number and email address. We will contact them and inquire about an agreement. Some schools decide not to enter into a partnership with the County and, as a result, students from those institutions are not eligible to participate in the internship program.
    • How long are internships?

      • Assignments vary and can range in length from a single academic term to a full academic year. The length of the internship depends upon the agreement made between the site supervisor and the intern. Internships can be as short as 1 month or as long as one year.
    • How many interns are normally accepted?

      • The program made its debut in August 2017. A module of the acceptance rate has not yet been created. While the department would like to accommodate all applicants pursuing professional experience in public health, there is limited staffing capacity to do so.
    • How are interns selected?

      • Selections are made without regard to considerations of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or handicap. Applications are considered in the order in which they were received and are based on staff capacity and the applicant’s area(s) of interest. Preference is given to those majoring in an area closely related to the department’s program services in which they are applying.
    • What happens after an internship application is submitted?

      • Completed applications are sent to the best suited staff member(s) for placement. If an experienced/appropriate staff member has the availability to accept an intern, we will contact the applicant and work with him or her to develop a plan and start date. In the event that the department has no experienced/appropriate staff members available to accept an intern, we will let the applicant know within 10-days and keep his or her application on file if any internship opportunities arise.
    • If accepted, when can I start?

      • The department’s Workforce Development Coordinator will work with accepted interns to determine their start date. Students cannot begin their internship until all required paperwork has been reviewed and orientation is complete.
    • Will my assignment lead to a job?

    • Do you accept Summer Youth Program interns?

      • Yes. Teens and young adults interested in participating in Pima County’s Summer Youth Program must apply to the program through the Pima County One-Stop Summer Youth Program webpage. Once accepted, the Summer Youth Program Coordinator will provide the intern with a list of available internship work offered by the Pima County Health Department.


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    Kelli Stephens
    Workforce Development Coordinator

    3950 S. Country Club Road
    Ste. 100
    Tucson, AZ 85714

    (520) 724-7832
    Kelli.Stephens@pima.gov

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