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Career Opportunities and Internships

According to Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment prospects for health educators is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations with favorable job prospects.


Career Options

  State/Local Public Health Agencies
  Health Educator
  Hospital Based Wellness
  Non-profit Health and Wellness
  Fitness/Recreation Center
  Sanitation Specialist
  Food Inspector
  Public Health Officer
  Health Prevention Specialist

Visit the UNI Career Services website for general information on job searching and resume building.




Planning for your Internship


Internships are designed as the final experience students add to their resume.  Internships are not the only valuable experience used to help you prepare for your career.  The internship component of your education provides you with hands-on experience as you work toward becoming a practicing professional.  During your internship you will have the chance to apply classroom knowledge and experience in a work place setting while operating under the supervision and guidance of a professional.  Consider these tips and advice from internship coordinator Sherry Hester when planning and applying for your Health Promotion internship:

  • Start volunteering early during your college years.  These experiences help you explore career options and to network while building your resume.
  • Build up relevant work experiences and connect them to your major and emphasis area.  Relevant work experiences help you gain hands-on experience and skills to ensure you are even more qualified for internships and careers in your future.
  • Keep certifications and your GPA in mind throughout college.  The better you prepare during your freshmen and sophomore years, the more qualified and confident you will be when looking for future jobs.  Specific certifications to keep in mind are CPR for Professional Rescuer with AED, Standard First Aid, OSHA-Universal Precaution Standard Training and Mandatory Reporter: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse.  The American Red Cross offers certification classes at the Wellness and Recreation Center and class times and fees can be found at:
  • Build relationships with your professors and faulty advisors.  Professors and faculty members can provide valuable references when you are ready to apply for an internship.  Your academic references take time to develop and must be done in advance of beginning an internship.
  • Meet with Michelle Holland or your faculty advisor to organize your class schedules as you continue toward completing your degree.  When you meet with your advisor, remember to bring your degree audit, which can be found at the Student Center tab on MyUniverse.  Set your graduation date and plan to meet the 120 hour course requirements in order to apply for an internship later on in your academic years.
  • Utilize the campus services such as Career Cat and UNI Career Services.  Career services are able to help critique your resume as you near the time to start applying for an internship.  Practice writing cover letters and participate in mock interviews in order to help you become the best candidate for competitive internships.  For more information see:
  • Once on-site at your internship, continue to network and build relationships with your supervisors and co-workers.  Leave the internship with a valuable reference from your supervisor.


Ready to Apply?


  • UNI does not provide housing for internships and students are responsible for determining the location of the site they would like to work at with assistance from the internship coordinator.  Consider living with family or friends near a job site where you can complete your internship.
  • Determine the type of site you would like to work at whether it be a hospital, clinic, school site or industrial worksite.
  • What type of programming do you want to be involved in?  It may be a wellness center within a hospital or clinic or teaching fitness classes at a YMCA/YWCA, among many other options.


Internship Eligibility


  • Senior standing
  • Meet all academic requirements
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Confirm graduation date with academic advisor
  • Obtain certifications if required by specific site
  • Meet with internship coordinator to discuss placement
  • Resume, cover letter and preparation for interview
  • To view health promotion internship sites, visit the health promotion website or talk with your advisor or internship coordinator


Internship Requirements


  • 12 credit hours internship (Environmental Health - 6 credit hours).
    • Spring/fall - 480 contact hours-16 weeks @ 30 hours a week
    • Summer - 440 total contact hours - 11 weeks @ 40 hours a week
  • Weekly reports sent to internship coordinator
  • Final project and/or paper

    Remember, great internships  =  great job opportunities!




    Career Development/Internship: General Public Health/Health Promotion

    General Government Jobs

    Department of Health and Human Services

    National Institute of Health Internships and training programs  

    Center for Disease Control Career/Internship information  

    American Public Health Association careers


    Women's Health

    Society for Women's Health Research job/internship information 

      FEMINIST Majority Foundation job/internship information

    International Women's Health Coalition career/internship information


    Environmental Health

    National Environmental Health Association