The purpose of this field experience is to provide the master of public health candidate with work experience and exposure to work in human resources specifically related to future workforce development for youth, present and future workforce development for adults, youth programming, adult programming and allied health education with diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and foci.

The intern will learn the importance of working with internal partners across multiple departments and with external stakeholders, including K-12 education, post-secondary education and community-based organizations. The intern will gain valuable experience in the development and sustainability efforts of short and long-term educational initiatives that aim to directly support the increased recruitment and retention of diverse applicants in allied health and health related professions.

The intern will spend a majority of their experience aiding in one of Career Pathways’ anchor programs, the HOPE Program, founded in 2011 by Bridgett Willey, PhD. The HOPE Program operates during the academic school year by providing programming, mentorship and exposure to over 60 careers and career pathways for under-represented students in high school, from programs like AVID/TOPS and the PEOPLE Program.

Additionally, the HOPE Program is connected to internships with over 80 students ranging from middle school to college age. The general scope of work remains consistent throughout the fiscal year; however, specific job duties, responsibilities and possible projects may vary from summer semester to academic year. Upon the completion of the 400-hour internship, the intern will be equipped with qualitative and/or quantitative experience needed to write a paper for their capstone that may or may not include a research component.


  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good critical thinking skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, primarily Word and Excel


  • Display professional behavior always
  • Uphold confidentiality
  • Display punctuality and continued communication with Allied Health Education and Career Pathways team

Core job duties/projects

  • Create monthly department newsletter for HOPE mentors, HOPE participants, UW Health interns
  • Assist in updating department u-Cconnect page and supporting documents
  • Assist in planning and teaching intern professional development events (middle and high school students)
  • Assist in planning various career day events hosted by the department
  • Collect/analyze data to support department – may involve research and outreach
  • Assist with ongoing adult instructional programs in partnership with community based organizations
  • Assist in internal and external communication efforts for the department
  • Present about health care careers and UW Health to various area schools and community agencies
  • Attend meetings with various HR leaders for exposure of various HR areas
  • Other projects/duties as assigned

Summer semester specific job duties/projects

  • Work with staff from PEOPLE, Boys and Girls Club, INROADS, Centro Hispano, Middle College, Urban League and Project REACH to identify number of interns, intern ages, health care interests and health care education for incoming interns
  • Assist Pathways coordinator in completing requisitions for all interns through Taleo, regardless of being paid or not through UW Hospitals and Clinics
  • Work with recruitment, learning and development and employee health services to properly onboard each of the student interns
  • Work with learning and development team and operational leaders to host a summer intern orientation at the Best Western Hotel one evening at the beginning of the summer
  • Plan and manage logistics for summer orientation for interns
  • Set up and facilitate a patient care orientation session for the interns who will be place in patient care areas
  • Assist Pathways coordinator in setting and maintaining a schedule of regular visits to interns at sites to discuss experiences, completion of learning objectives and gather feedback on the intern’s experience
  • Assist Pathways coordinator in setting and a schedule of contact with clinical supervisors and managers to discuss intern’s performance and address any issues
  • Work with operational leaders to draft a summer-long experiential calendar for interns to participate in department tours, simulation center learning, key meetings and shadowing opportunities/experiences
  • Work with intern supervisors, employee relations and community agency coordinator on any performance management issues
    Plan and manage logistics to host end-of-summer intern celebration

Academic year specific job duties/projects

  • Assist in recruitment efforts for fall and spring sessions of HOPE for Boys and Girls Club by visiting college campuses and student organizational meetings
  • Assist in the planning and delivery of educational meetings for HOPE mentors and program coordinators for all upcoming HOPE sessions
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of HOPE sessions (fall and spring)
  • Support and aid in the creation of session agendas, securing speakers, volunteers, facilitators and instructors
  • Meet with summer internship coordinators from PEOPLE, BGCDC, Centro Hispano, Urban League, Workforce Development Board and INROADS to debrief previous summer internship process and begin to forecast number of summer intern placements for upcoming summer
  • Participate in Take Our Children to Work Day planning
  • Input student and mentor survey information into spreadsheets to track outcomes
  • Re-order HOPE supplies and maintain inventory
  • Assist in the recruitment efforts by working with department managers and directors to identify at least 50 internship positions within UW Health (including hospital, clinics and UW Medical Foundation, both clinical and non-clinical)

Other information

Hours: 400

  • 40 hours/week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. for 10 weeks during the summer semester
  • 11 hours/week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. for nine months during the academic year

Dress code: Business professional, closed-toed shoes

Requirements: Must be a MPH candidate and must complete UW Health onboarding requirements