Finding an Internship

09blog-david_smallAs if the stress of midterms weren’t enough (it’s the middle of a rather disheartening 7-week season with 1-2 tests per week), it’s time to start looking for my summer internship.  The department of epidemiology requires completion of an internship to earn your Master’s Degree, and the great internship opportunities, especially those abroad, were one of the reasons that I came to UM.  One of the hardest aspects is choosing a realistic project – everyone wants to save the world, but there’s only so much that you can do in a summer, and unless you plan well you run the risk of coming back with nothing.

The coursework that I’ve taken so far has helped me plan out the projects tremendously – I’m now comfortable identifying what I need to accomplish and I have some ideas as to how to go about collecting the data.  However, I’m also realizing how little I know and how much I still have to learn before being able to make any concrete plans.

One aspect that I’ve decided is that I’ll be going abroad to complete my internship (while I’d like to go abroad regardless, the international health track requires that I complete the internship in a developing county, which adds a nice level of extra motivation).  There are a few projects that I’m interested in, ranging from the effects of parasite co-infection on endemic Burkitt’s Lymphoma in Kenya to incidence of colorectal cancer in young Egyptians.  While I’m still very much in the planning process, I’m excited to get started and to being putting a project together.

2 thoughts on “Finding an Internship

  1. Hi,
    I know it’s been awhile since you wrote this entry. I’m trying to decide if I should pick UMich for my MPH degree. As the deadline for the deposit is in… 1 day, I’ve been frantically searching for places/people who can help me answer my question. I was accepted into the epi/international health track. So for the summer internship you are talking about on here, will the department help look for enough stipend and grants to cover all of your travel, food and room and board for the international internship? Do you know if they’ll be able to pay you a stipend/salary on top of those previously mentioned for your time?

  2. Thanks for the comment. For international internships the department does help with funding and offer scholarships to cover expenses, but getting a stipend to work abroad is rare. These scholarships can get competitive and there is an application process, but if you start your search early and work with your mentor to build a solid project it is very likely that you will be able to secure funding for your project and the related living/travel expenses. Hope this helps!

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