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.

On the Public Health & Social Policy track, you'll gain valuable knowledge in health education and policy while pursuing an internship at a local non-profit, social service agency, counseling or mentoring organization, or health provider.

"Being slightly behind on my academic credits, but also hoping to land a great internship, I was stressed about how I was going to put a great summer together. Luckily I found this program, and I was able to accomplish both goals. Now I’m heading into my next year of school with a fulfilling and productive summer behind me, knowing so much more about who I am and what my life goals are. "
Ryan Panny, Boston College
Intern, Summer of Opportunity

Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 23 - July 1, 2016)

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. The courses below were offered in Summer Term 2015 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered. Courses for Summer Term 2016 will be posted on January 15, 2016.

  • CAS AN 210 Medical Anthropology
  • CAS EC 387 Introduction to Health Economics
  • CAS PH 251 Medical Ethics
  • CAS PS 234 Psychology of Learning
  • CAS PS 241 Developmental Psychology
  • CAS PS 333 Drugs and Behavior
  • CAS PS 371 Abnormal Psychology
  • CAS SO 205 American Families
  • CAS SO 207 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • CAS SO 215 Sociology of Health Care
  • MET CJ 209 Crime and Delinquency
  • MET CJ 510 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • MET PS 275 Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
  • SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science
  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology
  • SAR HS 345 Global Environmental Public Health
  • SAR HS 450 Non-Infectious Diseases

Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 11 - August 19, 2016)

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

  • 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 27 - August 19, 2016)

The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.

Meet a Public Health & Social Policy Student

Student: Ellie Prather

Courses: Medical Anthropolgy; Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective

Internship Site: Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS)

On the Job: I interviewed patients and looked for and analyzed trends in responses to patient surveys. I researched best practices for online peer support groups and put together a plan based on my findings, which will be available online. I enjoyed being on the inside of such an important and inspiring organization. This experience has helped me understand how much I want to work in healthcare, and how much advocacy matters to me.

Perspectives: The courses I took were incredible, and my teachers were some of the most intelligent professors I have ever had. Their ability to teach such valuable information in just six weeks was inspiring. Through the people I met and those who mentored and taught me, I truly feel I have furthered my education and gained valuable hands-on experience. I am now certain that I want to find a career that allows me to advocate for others and help make change. I am excited to take what I have learned and implement the experience into my academics and future career.

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