The primary goal of the epidemiology/public health internship is to provide a hands-on research experience for graduate students pursuing a master's or doctoral degree.

Interns will work with a research scientist and his or her team on an independent project that is part of a larger research endeavor. Interns receive $12-16 per hour, depending on experience. Housing in a furnished apartment is available for free. The program typically runs from mid-May through mid-August. More information is available on the research institute’s website.

The research projects, chosen by the research scientist, are tailored to the skill level of the student and related to the scientist’s ongoing research program. The student will participate in a learning experience that incorporates all aspects of the research process. In the initial stages, the student learns the project’s background by reviewing the scientific literature, and begins planning steps necessary for successful project completion.

As the project develops, the student begins data collection and analysis, and meets regularly with the scientist to discuss findings and plan new approaches. It is expected that the student’s work will lead to publication in a scientific journal.

Some of the recent projects by epidemiology and public health interns include:

  • Influenza severity by viral subtype
  • Physician utilization of influenza diagnostic testing
  • Incidence and complications of herpes zoster in central Wisconsin
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer in Marshfield epidemiologic study area
  • Informed consent and subject motivation to participate in the Personalized Medicine Research Project

Note: There is a separate application process for this internship.