Internships and Research



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Internships and Research

Internships allow you to refine your skills, broaden your perspective and make valuable professional connections. We require our public health majors to complete an internship — and we'll help you find one, through our active career development office, strong alumnae network and well-connected faculty.

Internship site supervisors report that St. Kate's students consistently surpass their expectations for undergraduate interns. For some students, successful internships can even turn into job offers after graduation.

St. Kate's students have found internships locally and abroad. They include:

  • Theresa Alada spent a semester with the Simply Good Eating Habits program at the University of Minnesota Extension service. She was part of a team of educators that presented nutrition information to families around the Twin Cities.
  • Latifah Kiribedda spent a month in Tanzania conducting community health assessment at Ilula Health, a clinic that focuses on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.
  • Winnie Bui completed her internship at the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis.

Employers report that new public health professionals with volunteering or internships experiences, like those offered at St. Kate’s, have a professoinal advantage in the job market.

Research opportunities

St. Kate's Assistantship Mentoring Program is an innovative work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on specific projects. Students are paid for up to 13 hours each week. Public health student Lee Thao is working on curriculum development with Julie Bass, professor of occupational science and occupational therapy. 

St. Kate’s Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program provides funding for research partnerships during the academic year and in the summer at St. Kate's Summer Scholars' Institute.

Public Health Club

The student-led Public Health Club is open to all students in the major, as well as students across campus who are interested in public health issues. Club activities include on-campus awareness events and outings to speaker events off campus.