Public Health & Social Policy Track
With the Boston Dispensary – established in 1796 as the first permanent medical facility in New England – began a tradition of medical excellence in Boston. Today, the city has a wealth of pioneering hospitals, institutes, and universities, and the health care industry is one of the largest and fastest growing segments of Boston’s economy.
Students in the Public Health & Social Policy track will gain valuable knowledge in health education and policy while pursuing internships at local non-profits, social service agencies, counseling and mentoring organizations, and health providers.
Intern, Summer of Opportunity
Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 20 - June 27, 2014)
You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in public health and social policy.
- CAS AN 210 Medical Anthropology
- CAS AN 260 Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
- CAS PH 251 Medical Ethics
- CAS PS 234 Psychology of Learning
- CAS PS 241 Developmental Psychology
- CAS PS 371 Abnormal Psychology
- CAS SO 201 Sociological Methods
- CAS SO 205 American Families
- CAS SO 207 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
- CAS SO 215 Sociology of Health Care
- MET PS 275 Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
- SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science
- SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology
- SAR HS 450 Non-Infectious Diseases
Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 7 - August 15, 2014)
For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.
Public Health & Social Policy Internship Opportunities
Internship placement opportunities are available at health care organizations; educational institutions; non-profit organizations; counseling services; and social service providers and policy institutes.
- Internship placement for 35 hours a week
- Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience, as well as employer and industry norms (Please note: Opportunities with direct client contact are limited and may be a relatively small portion of the internship experience.)
- All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
- Visit our Placement Process page for additional information
Summer Study Internship Course
(May 23 - August 15, 2014)
The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The primary emphasis of this course is to explore links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and to provide support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.
Meet a Public Health & Social Policy Student
Student: Brittany Sherman
Courses: Medical Ethics; American Families
Internship Site: Tenacity, Inc.
On the Job: Tenacity is a non-profit organization that looks to improve the overall scholastic, character and physical development of urban youth by combining tennis instruction and academic support with a focus on life skills. My work gave me a holistic insight into a small but effective non-profit organization. I was able not only to experience a professional work place, but to see some of the more intimate aspects of the day-to-day work environment. This internship also helped me to explore the variety of jobs that my major might help me prepare for.
Perspectives: A big accomplishment for me was on my last day of work. All the people I had done projects for came to me with a thank you card and told me I had been an integral part of the program. Feeling like I had actually been able to make an impact for the program and for my coworkers was an amazing feeling.