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.
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 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.