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Summer Internships and Practicums

Our summer internship/practicum provides opportunities for college graduates and Master of Public Health students to work on real-world public health challenges faced by rural communities in Western North Carolina.

Rural communities experience a number of health disparities including lower life expectancies and higher rates of poverty, obesity, disability, elderly, tobacco use, substance abuse, uninsured and underinsured, and healthcare provider and facility shortages. All 16 of our Western North Carolina counties have been federally designated as health professional shortage areas.

This 9-week summer internship/practicum (May 14, 2018 to July 13, 2018) gives UNC Asheville graduates and UNC Gillings MPH students a chance to work with community partners on some of the most challenging public health issues facing rural communities here in WNC and around the world while making a real impact on our region.

Interns will have the opportunity to develop a variety of community leadership skills including

  • formative research (interviews, surveys, focus groups)
  • community/ underserved population needs assessment
  • stakeholder identification and development
  • qualitative and quantitative data collection
  • data coding and analysis
  • grant and report writing
  • program planning and evaluation
  • health education curriculum development
  • public health intervention implementation
  • health systems navigation

Our most recent interns learned about addressing public health issues related to rural health, African American health disparities, migrant and American Indian healthcare needs, and substance abuse.

Internship/Practicum Information Request

UNC Asheville graduates and students currently enrolled in an MPH program through UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health are eligible for our 9-week summer internships and practicums that will begin on May 14, 2018.

These are paid internships and practicums, and housing assistance is available for UNC Gillings students.

For more information or to express your interest, contact Catherine Halmay at 828-257-2977 or