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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Internship Handbook (HLTH 496/696)

Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/health/community/internship.html

Internship in Community Health Education

1–9 credit hours

The Community Health Education Internship is a concentrated pre–professional work experience for those students preparing for a career in Community Health Education. The collaborative partnership between sites and the University provides a culminating experience as the student transitions from the world of academics to the work world. The student will complete responsibilities and duties of a Community Health educator at the assigned site.

Students are to schedule a meeting with the Community Health Education Internship Director at least one complete semester in advance of the internship experience. All Community Health Education core courses are completed prior to enrolling for internship credits. Internship sites are selected by mutual agreement between the Student Intern and the Community Health Education Internship Director. Final selection is approved by the Community Health Education Internship Director.

For undergraduate majors, the internship experience is a minimum of 450 clock hours (9 credits), equivalent to full–time employment for the semester. For undergraduate minors, 225 hours is required (4 credits). Additional clock hours may be required when the Community Health Education Internship is combined with an internship from another major or minor or licensure program area.

The Internship Handbook for the Community Health Education Internship has been developed to offer the Student Intern needed criteria, direction and suggestions for successfully completing the Internship Experience.

Dr. Amy S. Hedman
Community Health Education Internship Director
Email: amy.hedman@mnsu.edu

Internship Application Deadlines

Internship sites are to be selected by a mutual agreement between student intern and the Community Health Education Internship Director during the semester prior to the actual experience. Deadlines for submitting internship materials to the Internship Director are as follows:

Semester

Fall semester internship

Spring semester internship

Summer semester internship

Deadline

May 15

October 15

March 15

Selection of the final internship site is to be discussed with and approved by the Community Health Education Internship Director. Permission to register for the internship credit hours (HLTH 496/696) will not be granted unless prior site approval has been granted.

Internship Checklist

Community Health Education Internship (CHEI) Checklist

Community Health Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Date Completed Comments

All HLTH major core courses, including HLTH 495 (Senior Seminar), have been completed successfully (C or higher).

Submit Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar.

Closely review the Community Health Education Internship Student Handbook.

Identify and secure the setting to complete HLTH 496/696.

Meet with Internship Site Supervisor, complete Site Approval Form; develop 7-10 internship goals.

Complete background check. To complete the background check, see Vicki in HN 213. Bring your driver's license and a money order or check written to Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for $15.

Purchase student liability insurance for the semester(s) of the internship, see the Cashier's Office on campus for this.

Submit the following to the CHEI Director:

  • Completed Site Approval Form
  • Updated resume
  • Current Degree Audit Report (DARS)
  • 7 to 10 internship goals
  • Signed Confidentiality Agreement Form
  • Signed Internship Contract Agreement Form
  • Documentation of completed background check
  • Documentation of purchased student liability insurance

Submit the above materials by the designated due date indicated in the Internship Handbook.

Obtain online permission to register for HLTH 496/696 from the CHEI Director

Register for HLTH 496/696

Begin Internship

Track hours completed on the Tracking Hours Handout
Submit completed forms biweekly (every 2 weeks) via D2L Dropbox.

Throughout the Internship, research and prepare the Student Internship Final Report Materials

Meet weekly with Site Supervisor to discuss internship progress and goals

Meet midpoint with Site Supervisor (Site Supervisor completes Midpoint Progress Evaluation/discussion)

Submit Midpoint Student Internship Experience Report
Meet at the conclusion of the Internship with Site Supervisor (Site Supervisor completes Final Evaluation/discussion)

Prepare and submit the following materials to the CHEI Director: Final Student Internship Experience Report, Tracking Hours Handout, Intern Inventory of Health Education Competencies & Sub-competencies, Response to Goals and Objectives

Request that Site Supervisor submit Final Evaluation to CHEI Director

Contact CHEI Director to verify that Student Final Report Materials and the Site Final Report have been received

Amy S. Hedman, PhD, MCHES, Director
Community Health Education Internship
Department of Health Science
213 Highland North
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: 507.389-5382
Email: amy.hedman@mnsu.edu

Identifying an Internship Site

Identifying the appropriate and fitting internship site is a very important process for each student. The internship experience can provide students with substantial and promising opportunities for future career options. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students reflect upon their professional goals before inquiring about internship positions. Students should consider their preferred career setting and responsibilities assigned. For example, if a student is interested in promoting nutrition and prevention for young mothers and infants, completing an internship with the Women Infant and Children (WIC) program at a local county health department would be a beneficial internship site selection. Selecting the "right" internship can help to gain significant work experience, develop helpful networking connections, and open the door for future opportunities.

Students are encouraged to conduct their own research into site locations. A listing of potential sites is also available through the Department of Health Science (students should contact Dr. Hedman for the listing). Once a student has identified a few sites that are of interest to him or her, he or she is advised to contact the site (via personal visit, phone or email) and inquire about internship opportunities for community health education or health promotion students. The Informational Interview for Internship Experience handout is provided to help students engage in a discussion about such opportunities.

Tips for a successful conversation with a potential site:

  • Do your research. Once you have identified a site that interests you, research the site's history, mission and goals, and current programs/services. Before contacting the site, you should be somewhat familiar with the agency and their contributions to the field.
  • Have a plan. Upon reflection, identify areas of the health education profession that you wish to gain experience with. When a potential site supervisor asks you "what are you looking for in an internship?" make sure your response is intelligent, and shows direction and assertion. A response such as "anything in health education" is too vague and unimpressive. A response such as "I hope to gain experience in conducting needs assessment procedures, improve my skills in developing health communication materials, and have the opportunity to be part of an evaluation team, are just a few of the areas that I would like to work on in an internship" is a better response.
  • Be prepared to answer questions. Example questions: what are you looking for in an internship? How does our site fit with your future goals? What type of health education experiences are you most interested in? What skills can you bring to our setting?

Contacting a Potential Site

Students are responsible for researching, identifying, and securing an appropriate and acceptable internship site location to complete HLTH 496/696. A list of sample organizations and agencies is available through the Department of Health Science. In researching whether or not a given site would meet the Department of Health Science, as well as the student's, requirements and needs, an informational interview is often necessary.

Below is a sample script to be used during a phone consultation with prospective internship sites. Important information to gather during this time includes whether or not a given site sponsors a community health education internship experience, and, if so, what the application process entails. Once an appropriate site has been identified, and an agreement has been made between the student and the site, the Site Approval Form must be completed and submitted to the Community Health Education Internship Director (Dr. Hedman) for final approval. Students are not eligible to begin their internship experience until final approval has been granted by the Department of Health Science Community Health Education Internship Director, and permission to register for the course HLTH 496/696 has been provided.

Sample Script for Informational Interview

"Hello my name is ________________ and I am a student in the Community Health Education Program at Minnesota State University Mankato. I am contacting you to inquire about the possibility of an internship experience at your organization/agency."

"Do you have a moment or two to answer a few questions that I have?"

"Do you offer a Community Health Education/Health Promotion internship at your site?"

"What type of work experience does your internship experience provide to students? Can you provide me with a list of duties/responsibilities that an intern would be assigned?"

"Can you describe for me what a typical day would be like for an intern at your site?"

"Would I be involved in projects that address any of the following: needs assessment; planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs; advocacy; or media development?"

"What is the application process entail?"

"Is there a deadline for applications for a (spring, fall, summer) internship?"

"At would time, would applicants learn of your decision for an intern?"

(If applicable) "I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss an internship placement at your site."

or

(If applicable) "Could you please send me the application for the internship?"

"Thank you for taking the time today to answer my questions."

Site Selection and Approval

Once a student has identified and secured a site for the internship experience, the appropriate materials must be submitted to the Community Health Education Internship Director. Note: by "secured," it is implied that the student has met with the anticipated internship site supervisor, discussed the internship experience, and agreed upon the internship location, responsibilities, and hours/schedule. Also, the student must complete the required application procedures of the internship site. Next, students complete the Site Approval Form with the anticipated internship site supervisor and submit this form to the Community Health Education Internship Director, Amy S. Hedman, PhD. With the completed Site Approval Form, the materials that also need to be submitted include the student's current Degree Audit Report (DARS) demonstrating that ALL core courses have been successfully completed (C or higher), resume, signed Confidentiality Agreement and signed Internship Contract Statement, and a list of the student's unique goals for his or her internship experience. In addition, documentation of purchased student liability insurance and completed background check are required.

Upon submission of these materials to the Community Health Education Internship Director, students will receive official word whether or not their site has been approved. If approved, students will be granted online permission to register for the course HLTH 496/696: Internship: Health Education.

students must be enrolled in HLTH 496/696 before beginning their internship work.

Intern Report Requirements

Tracking Hours

Students are required to track their completed internship hours every day. A weekly Tracking Hours Form is available online at D2L. Every two weeks, students must submit 2 completed forms (1 per week) to the CHEI Director. These completed forms must be submitted online in D2L, in the student's designated folder. Due dates for the Tracking Hours Forms are the first and third Fridays of the month, 5 p.m.

Minnesota State University Mankato-Department of Health Science

Community Health Education Internship Tracking Hours Form
This form should be completed each week. Forms should be submitted weekly or biweekly (every 2 weeks) online in the student's D2L Dropbox Folder.
Date Assignments/Tasks Outcomes CHES Competencies Addressed (for example "4.1.2") Total Hours Completed
 
 
 
 

Student Internship Experience Reports

Students will be required to submit two reports throughout their internship experience. The first report is due at midpoint of the internship, when 50% of the total hours have been completed. The second report is due upon or near completion on the Internship.

Although these reports' deadlines are not until midpoint and final time periods of the internship experience, students should begin to work on these reports early on in their internship. They require investigation into the site's history and operations as well as personal reflection about work performed throughout the internship experience.

Midpoint Student Report: Site Description Report

The midpoint report requires students to learn about their site organization in-depth. Students may need to work with their site supervisor in addition to conducting their own research to answer the following questions.

1) Assess Individual and Community Needs for Health Education

  1. What needs assessment instruments are utilized by your internship site?
  2. Identify the existing, as well as needed, resources necessary to conduct assessments at your internship site (1.1.1).
  3. Describe the extent of available health education programs, interventions, and polices at your internship site (1.6.1).
  4. Assess the quality of available health education programs, interventions, and policies at your internship site (1.6.2).
  5. Identify existing and potential partners (of your internship site) for the provision of health education (1.6.3).
  6. What social, environmental and/or political conditions impact the delivery of health education at your internship site (1.6.4)?
  7. What capacity does your internship site have for developing needed health education (1.6.5)? What resources are needed to provide health education (1.6.6)?

2) Plan Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs

  1. What are the priority populations served by your internship site (2.1.2)? Who are the key stakeholders? (2.1.2)
  2. In what ways is the need for health education communicated by your internship site to their priority populations and stakeholders (2.1.3)?
  3. What are the goals and objectives of your internship site?
  4. What resources are needed to achieve objectives (2.2.6)?
  5. What range of health information is needed to achieve goals and objectives (2.4.1)?
  6. Are logic models used by the Internship site? If so, provide a sample. If not, draft a logic model for one of the programs you have been working with. (2.4.3).
  7. What opportunities exist for integrating health education into other programs (2.4.6)?

3) Implement Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs

  1. Describe a program you were involved with implementing.
  2. How did the internship site assess readiness for implementation (3.1.1)?
  3. What baseline data was collected (3.1.2)?
  4. What strategies were used to deliver a plan of action (3.1.4)? How was the plan launched (3.1.7)?
  5. What theories or models were applied to implementation (3.1.6)?
  6. What training was done to prepare employees to implement programs (3.3.1)?
  7. What training was offered to you and other interns?
  8. What training were you involved with implementing (3.3.6)?

4) Develop Evaluation/Research Plans

  1. What evaluation techniques are utilized by the internship site?
  2. Identify and critique existing data collection instruments used by the site (4.1.8., 4.1.9).
  3. How are ethical standards practiced in conducting evaluation at your internship site (4.1.14)?
  4. How is data collection monitored and managed at your internship site (4.3.2)?
  5. How are evaluation results communicated to stakeholders within your internship site (4.5.1)?
  6. In what ways are evaluation results applied to policy analysis and/or program development (4.5.3)?

5) Administer Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs

  1. Explain how program goals align with organizational structure, mission, and goals (5.2.6).
  2. Describe the organization's culture in relation to health education goals (5.3.2).
  3. What recommendations do you have to reinforce or change organizational culture to achieve health education goals (5.3.4)?
  4. Describe ways in which leaders of the internship site adhere to ethical standards of the profession (5.3.6).

6) Serve as a Health Education Resource Person

  1. Describe the health information that is disseminated by the internship site.
  2. Are these resources accurate, relevant, and timely (6.1.3)?
  3. Identify priority populations in need of training (6.2.3).
  4. What are the parameters of effective consultative relationships (6.3.3)?
  5. What collaborative partnerships exist between your internship site and other organizations in the community?
  6. In what ways are collaborative efforts facilitated to achieve program goals?

7) Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education

  1. What communication channels are utilized to communicate health messages to priority populations?
  2. What techniques are used to empower individuals and communities to improve their health (7.3.1)?
  3. How is technology used to communicate to the priority population (7.3.2)?
  4. In what ways does the site evaluate the delivery of communication strategies, methods, and techniques (7.3.3)?
  5. In what ways is your site involved in advocacy efforts? What health-related policies, regulations, laws or rules are advocated for (7.5.3)? How are stakeholders involved in advocacy (7.4.1)? How is media and/or technology used in advocacy efforts (7.5.5)?
  6. What is their advocacy plan? Describe current implementation of the plan (7.4.6). How is media and technology used in advocacy work (7.4.7)?
  7. What has been your role in advocacy initiatives at your internship site (7.4.8)?
  8. Identify the significance and implications of health policy for individuals, groups, and communities (7.5.2) served by your internship site.

Final Student Report: Student Experience Report

  1. Assess Individual and Community Needs for Health Education
    1. Describe the work that you did in developing plans for data collection, analysis, and interpretation (1.1.4). What assessment materials did you develop? What theories or model were used in the development of the materials (1.1.3)? When looking at an assessment plan you were involved with, what type of research design/method was used (1.1.6)?
    2. Provide an example of a topic you researched and the data bases you used to locate health-related data on that topic (1.2.6).
    3. When involved with assessment, describe the collaborations that worked together, what agreements were established between the collaborating partners (1.2.5)?
    4. Provide an example of primary and secondary data that you collected and how you integrated the two types of data together (1.3.1., 1.3.2).
    5. What data collection activities were you involved with (1.3.6)? What ethical standards were followed when you collected the data (1.3.7)?
    6. What health behaviors did your internship site target? What factors influenced these behaviors. Choose one major health behavior that was targeted and draw an ecological model demonstrating behavioral, environmental, social, organizational, and genetic factors that influence that behavior (1.4.1, 1.4.2).
    7. Identify emerging health education needs of the population served by your organization (1.7.4.).
  2. Plan Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
    1. What role did you play in developing collaborative efforts among priority populations and other stakeholders (2.1.4)?
    2. Explain how you elicited input from priority populations and other stakeholders and obtained commitment from them to support/participate in the programs you worked with (2.1.5, 2.1.6).
    3. Describe four intervention activities that you were involved with. In what ways were cultural competency and legal/ethical principles considered in these interventions (2.3.4, 2.3.5)?
    4. In what ways did you help to integrate/expand health education into other programs (2.4.7)?
    5. Thinking about a program you were involved with implementing, what factors fostered implementation? What factors hindered implementation? Describe why you believe these factors had such an affect and what could be done in the future to address these factors better to improve implementation (2.5.1, 2.5.2).
  3. Implement Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
    1. Describe the strategies you used to ensure cultural competence in implementing health education plans (3.1.3).
    2. In what ways did you promote a plan of action (3.1.5)?
    3. In what ways did you monitor the following during implementation: progress in accordance with a timeline, progress towards objectives, resources, and compliance with legal and ethical principles (3.2.1., 3.2.2., 3.2.4., 3.2.5.)?
    4. What recommendations do you have for improved implementation strategies at your internship site?
  4. Develop Evaluation/Research Plans
    1. Describe your involvement in evaluation strategies employed during your internship.
    2. Describe an evaluation plan that you were involved with. What data did you collect (4.3.1)? Describe how this data was analyzed (4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.5). Interpreting results: how did the results align with evaluation questions (4.4.1), what were possible explanations for findings (4.4.3)? Based on results, what recommendations do you have (4.4.5)?
    3. What recommendations do you have to strengthen evaluation efforts at your internship site?
  5. Administer Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
    1. In what ways were you involved with strategic planning (5.3.1)?
    2. In what ways did you demonstrate leadership skills in managing human resources (5.4.2)?
    3. In what ways did you model professional practices and ethical behavior (5.4.8)?
    4. In what ways did you facilitate partnerships in support of health education (5.5)?
  6. Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
    1. What health information needs exist among your priority population (6.1.1)?
    2. Provide examples of when you conveyed health-related information to priority population and/or stakeholders (6.1.4, 6.1.5).
    3. In what ways did you serve as a health education consultant?
  7. Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education
    1. Describe the techniques that you used to empower individuals and communities to improve their health (7.3.1).
    2. How have you employed technology to communicate to a priority population (7.3.2)?
    3. How have you used data to support advocacy messages (7.4.5)?
    4. Describe your participation in advocacy initiatives (7.4.8).
    5. What recommendations do you have to strengthen communication efforts to be more effective in meeting program goals and objectives?
    6. What opportunities exist for advocacy to improve health outcomes among your priority population? Provide specific recommendations for your site to consider.

Response to Initial Intern Goals, due with final report

In narrative format, address your success in achieving each of the goals you initially stated for the internship. In addition, identify unexpected outcomes and lessons learned that you had not considered prior to the internship experience. Provide an overall summary of your experience, describing how the internship has prepared you for a future career in Community Health Education. Lastly, indicate future goals that you have set for yourself.

Intern Inventory of Health Education Competencies and Sub-competencies (included in this handout), due with final report. See D2L for inventory.

Final Student Internship Experience Report Requirements

Upon completion of the internship, the student's final report should include the following sections:

  1. Final Completed Tracking Hours Forms
  2. Final Student Internship Experience Report (Section 1 and 2)
  3. Response to Initial Intern Goals
  4. Intern Inventory of Health Education Competencies & Sub-competencies

A grade of P will be assigned upon successful completion of the above activities. A grade of NP will be assigned for students who do not successfully complete all of the above activities and fail to meet the expectations, responsibilities, and professional standards of their internship site and/or those of the Department of Health Science.

Contact Information

Amy S. Hedman, PhD, MCHES
Associate Professor, Community Health Education Program Coordinator and Internship Director
Department of Health Science
213 Highland Center
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 389-5382
Email: amy.hedman@mnsu.edu

Standards of Professionalism, Department of Health Science

The Department of Health Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato expects all students enrolled in Health Science courses to adhere to the following Standards of Professionalism.

  • Interact with students, college staff and faculty, and community in a positive, professional manner.
  • Perceive and respect the physical, emotional, and social boundaries of others.
  • Perceive and respect diversity among groups of people and individuals based on age, ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographical area.
  • Listen and value others' ideas.
  • Adhere to the professional guidelines and ethics specific to their aspiring profession.
  • Maintain confidentiality standards.
  • Value and demonstrate honesty.
  • Arrive on time and complete assigned tasks on schedule.
  • Accept personal responsibility for one's own actions.
  • Arrive ready and able to support the intellectual, academic, social, and emotional growth of others.
  • Use proper grammar and vocabulary in written and oral communication.
  • Maintain personal hygiene.
  • Dress appropriately.

Student, Site, & Director Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities:

In exchange for the opportunity to participate in the internship at the selected Internship Site, the Student agrees to:

  • During the intern experience, students will conduct themselves according to the Student Code of Conduct and the Standards of Professionalism, as described in the Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education Program Internship Handbook provided to students.
  • Students participating in the intern experience will furnish the agency with evidence of current immunization and other related information as required by the Agency.
  • Students participating in the intern experience should carry their own health insurance.
  • Students participating in the intern experience are responsible for carrying their own professional liability insurance purchased through the University.
  • Each student shall complete a background check before beginning their internship.
  • Each student shall submit a signed Confidentiality Statement to Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education's Program Internship Director.
  • Each student shall submit a signed Internship Contract Statement to Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education's Program Internship Director.
  • Students are required to complete all the necessary steps to successfully complete the intern experience (course HLTH 496/696), as indicated to them in the Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education Program Internship Handbook.
  • Keep regular attendance and be on time, both at school and at the Facility's training site. The Student will promptly notify the Facility's training site if unable to report. The Student's placement will automatically terminate if the Student terminates his/her enrollment in the Program or is no longer enrolled as a student at the University.
  • Demonstrate honesty, punctuality, courtesy, a cooperative attitude, desirable health and grooming habits, desirable/required dress and a willingness to learn.
  • Furnish the Community Health Education's Program Internship Director with all necessary information and complete all necessary reports requested by the Director. Submitting falsified reports is cause for immediate expulsion from the Program.
  • Conform to all rules, regulations, and policies including health, safety, and work environment of the Facility, follow all instructions given by the Facility and always conduct oneself in a safe manner.
  • Consult with the University's Community Health Education's Program Internship Director about any difficulties arising at the Facility's training site.
  • Be present at the Facility's training site on the dates and for the number of hours agreed upon.
  • Not terminate his/her participation in the training experience at the Facility without first consulting with the University's Community Health Education's Program Internship Director.

The Student also understands and agrees that:

  1. placement and participation in this training experience is not employment with the University or Facility;
  2. the Student is not covered by the University worker's compensation coverage; and
  3. the Student will not receive any money or compensation or benefits of any kind from the University in exchange for his/her participation in the training experience.

The Student also understands that the Facility does not promise or guarantee any future employment for the student.

The Student understands that he/she is responsible for providing his or her own health insurance and for any and all medical expenses incurred by him/her related to any injury, loss or illness sustained by him/her while participating in the training experience at the Facility.

Site (Agency) Responsibilities:

  • The Agency agrees to provide the intern with appropriate and fitting work-related experiences for students of Minnesota State University, Mankato enrolled in the Community Health Education program during the designated academic semester.
  • The Agency agrees to work with the student intern(s) in establishing a personalized listing of student goals and objectives to be worked towards during the intern experience.
  • The Agency will provide the university with a copy of its policies and regulations which relate to the internship program.
  • The Agency will ensure equal opportunities in its educational programs, activities, and all aspects of employment for all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran's status, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, or inclusion in any group or class against which discrimination is prohibited by federal, state, or local laws and regulations. The Agency agrees to adhere to this policy in implementing this Agreement.
  • The Agency is an equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Company committed to providing full employment opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or status as a qualified individual with a disability/qualified disabled person.
  • The Agency agrees to
    • Accept the identified student(s) for the internship experience(s).
    • To provide an orientation for the intern(s) which includes reviewing Agency's policies and procedures, as appropriate.
    • To provide on-site supervision and direction by an Agency employee with background education and work experience in the field of health education, health promotion, or related field.
    • To provide the student(s) opportunities to collect and review appropriate Agency background information and materials (for example past needs assessment or evaluation reports) to fulfill student learning objectives.
    • To provide full opportunities for the intern(s) to experience active involvement in the following areas: needs assessment; program planning, implementing and evaluating; health communications and media relations; community organizing; collaboration and partnerships; in addition to other opportunities.
    • To track and report upon completed student internship hours, providing a final hour tally with the final student evaluation report. Note: for full internship, 450 completed hours is required.
    • To complete and submit student intern progress and final evaluation reports, provided by Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education Internship Director.
    • To not allow the student to perform any functions that are not a part of the Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education's Program. For example, providing direct care or clinical services to patients/populations.
    • To consistently provide feedback to the student regarding intern performance and suggest professional areas of growth and improvement, as observed.
    • To participate in the in-depth evaluations of the intern's/interns' performance with the Internship Director of Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education Program, which may include on-site visits by the Internship Director.

CHEI Director Responsibilities:

Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education Internship Program Director agrees to:

  • To assist student interns in the following areas:
    • Provide advisement in selecting an appropriate and fitting site for each student. Assist student with site selection and application process.
    • Approve student's resume, goals, and objectives for the internship experience. Submit a copy of student goals and objectives to Agency.
    • Process the Site Approval Form. Provide copies to both agency and student intern.
    • Be available for phone conference calls and consultations to the student intern and internship site supervisor as needed.
    • Review all completed internship requirements and award a grade as appropriate.
  • To assign only those students for the intern experience who have completed required preliminary courses and are deemed ready to fulfill the practicum-internship sequence of the program.
  • To assure responsibility for the instruction and collaborative supervision with the site supervisor of students throughout the entire internship.
  • To instruct students to be responsible for the provision of professional liability insurance coverage for themselves.
  • To instruct students to hold as confidential any patient/population or Agency information acquired while engaged in the intern experience.
  • To provide the Agency with directions and materials necessary to complete the student intern evaluation procedures.
  • When conducting on on-site visit, Program faculty will show proper identification before entering the Agency, as required.
  • To allow the Agency staff to require suspension or withdrawal from the internship experience any student whose work, conduct, or health may have a detrimental effect on its personnel or populations served.
  • To allow the Agency staff to require suspension or withdrawal from the internship experience any student whose work, conduct, or health may have a detrimental effect on agency operations.
  • To inform student interns that they shall be subject to the Agency's policies, inasmuch as such policies are relevant to student interns.

Mutual Responsibilities, both parties agree to:

  • This agreement may be amended or extended at any time upon mutual agreement in writing of the parties.
  • That if either party wishes to withdraw from this agreement, the party shall give due notice.
  • That students shall not be placed in positions of responsibility for which they are not ready to assume.
  • Both parties will communicate areas of need or concern with one another, and work together to identify solutions.

Student Requirements:

  • During the intern experience, students will conduct themselves according to the Student Code of Conduct and the Standards of Professionalism, as described in the Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education Program Internship Handbook provided to students.
  • Students participating in the intern experience will furnish the agency with evidence of current immunization and other related information as required by the Agency.
  • Students participating in the intern experience are encouraged to carry their own health insurance.
  • Students participating in the intern experience are responsible for carrying their own professional liability insurance purchased through the University.
  • Each student shall submit a signed Confidentiality Statement and a signed Internship Contract Statement to Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education's Program Internship Director.
  • Students are required to complete all the necessary steps to successfully complete the intern experience (course HLTH 496/696), as indicated to them in the Minnesota State University-Mankato Community Health Education Program Internship Handbook.

Prior to their internship experience, students are required to submit the following:

  • Proof of personal medical/hospitalization insurance
  • Proof of Malpractice Liability Insurance
  • Proof of background check completion
  • MSU-Mankato Community Health Education Confidentiality Agreement
  • MSU-Mankato signed Student Internship Contract

Upon completion of their internship experience, the following materials must be submitted to the Internship Director:

  1. Midpoint Student Internship Experience Report
  2. Final Student Internship Experience Report
  3. Intern Inventory of Health Education Competencies & Sub-competencies (Student Responsibility)
  4. Biweekly Tracking Hours Forms (Student Responsibility)
  5. Response to Goals and Objectives (Student Responsibility)
  6. Site Midpoint/Progress Evaluation Report (Site Supervisor Responsibility)
  7. Site Final Evaluation Report: Intern Inventory and Final Report (Site Supervisor Responsibility)

A grade of P will be assigned upon successful completion of the above activities. A grade of NP will be assigned for students that do not successfully complete all of the above activities and fail to meet the expectations, responsibilities, and professional standards of their internship site and/or those of the Department of Health Science.

Contact Information

Amy S. Hedman, PhD, MCHES

Associate Professor

Community Health Education Program Coordinator and Internship Director
Department of Health Science
213 Highland Center
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 389-5382
Email: amy.hedman@mnsu.edu