Summer Internship 


The Summer Internship

The summer internship represents the cornerstone of our two-year Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree in health policy and management. During the summer, students work with an organization on a project or problem, allowing the student to apply the skills gained during their academic training. All MPH students in HPM are required to complete a 400-hour internship in an appropriate healthcare setting and to write a consulting report focused on an operational issue, process improvement initiative, policy white paper, research project, strategic program or business plan, or any of a number of other analyses. Students may continue to work part-time after completing their summer requirement.

Placement Timeline

The traditional internship timeline loosely follows the major milestones identified below.


Recruitment mailing to potential precptors

Early March

Preceptor-Student Networking Event


Informational and Job Interviews

Mid June-Early July

Internships begin

Internship Week 2

Signed Contract and Scope of Work Submitted

August 15

Consulting Report Proposal Due

Late September

Internships end

Early January

Completed consulting reports mailed to preceptors
















Department Contact
Laura Erskine, PhD, MBA
Director, Program in Health Policy and Management
Department of Health Policy and Management, CHS 31-253B
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
PO Box 951772 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
(310) 825-4807 FAX: (310) 825-3317

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