The internship provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop competencies through a work-related experience in an appropriate organization. The internship is completed in the summer of the senior year with a total of 12 credits. Students may select their own internship site or may choose from a data-base of previously used sites. Some examples of internship sites used by program graduated include: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, various mental health facilities working with troubled and addicted teens, County Offices of Aging for those working with older adults, The California State Department of Health Services, Health PLACE – a division of Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the YWCA.
There are informational meetings throughout the year for senior students to help them in securing and registering for the internship. During the internship, students conduct a project that demonstrates professional-entry level skills. The internship experience culminates with a mock professional conference on campus at which all students make a professional presentation about their internship project. Frequently interns remain at the site as an employee following their internships.
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