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.

"I loved the courses offered in the Summer Study Internship Program! I took two courses not offered at my home university. I loved the way the professors focused on class discussions. It introduced me to so many different points of view and challenged my thinking. "
Erin Lawrence, Bridgewater State University
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.

Choose Two:

  • 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

  • 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.