Internship Overview

Internships are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and the practice of public health. By working alongside experienced public health professionals in a variety of agencies and organizations to address current public health problems, students gain valuable experience and begin to develop the applied skills crucial to their success as a public health professional. The internship also provides students with the opportunity to network with public health professionals and gain perspective on the profession from people outside of the academic setting.

For many students, the internship is their first opportunity to work in the field of public health outside the classroom. For students with work experience in public health, the internship offers an opportunity to learn about an area with which they are not familiar and develop new skills.

Below, students can view resources and information on how to find the perfect internship. Additionally, community partners can get involved and host a Rebel intern. If you have questions or general inquiries about the School of Public Health’s internship program, please email internship.sph@unlv.edu.

Support Our Students

If you would like to support our students by donating to the UNLV School of Public Health or the internship program, you can start the process by reaching out to Director of Development Erika Christensen.

UNLV Anthem Scholars

In 2021, the Anthem Nevada Scholars Program was established in collaboration with the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition to help the UNLV School of Public Health create a pipeline of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals who are committed to becoming outstanding public health and healthcare professionals in our community. This initiative aims to identify and support the best and brightest public health students to tackle Southern Nevada’s most critical challenges. 

100 students over 5 years will be chosen to each receive a $2,000 stipend as they secure coveted internships in 5 key domains based on the Social Determinants of Health:

  1. Neighborhood and Built Environment
  2. Healthcare Access and Quality
  3. Education Access and Quality
  4. Economic Stability
  5. Social and Community Context

Application Process

  • Student must be enrolled full-time at UNLV and must be in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree at the School of Public Health.
  • Student must demonstrate cultural or linguistic diversity. Such activities can be illustrated through submitted written materials as part of application process.
  • Students must complete an internship with an approved community organization. The community organization must be a member of the Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition. 
  • The student’s internship must be aligned with one of the 5 key domains based on the Social Determinants of Health listed above.

How to Apply for the Program

All approved internship project proposals will be provided to the School of Public Health scholarship committee by the internship coordinator, as submission for this award. Submissions will be reviewed and awarded based on scholarship criteria.

Partnering with the Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition

The Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition (NMHEC) is a partnership of academic, civic, private and community organizations that aim to address health disparities and inequities in Nevada by building capacity, informing policy, and conducting research. Our partners serve as critical community champions to address health inequities in our state. If you are a NMHEC partner, you qualify to become an internship site with the UNLV School of Public Health and will also be eligible to have interns through the Anthem Scholars program.

Contact

For general internship inquiries, please email internhip.sph@unlv.edu

Bobbie Jo Trude, MS CHES

School of Public Health Internship Coordinator
bobbie.trude@unlv.edu

José L. Melendrez, MSW

Executive Director Office of Community Partnerships
UNLV School of Public Health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
jose.melendrez@unlv.edu