What specific skills do interns need for or develop through the internship?

Student intern working with animal control with focus on rabiesInterns are generally expected to have some prior coursework relevant to their program. For instance, interns working in epidemiology should have already completed several classes in this area. Interns working in health education or communication are more adaptable as there aren’t specific requirements. Skills in SAS or GIS are may helpful depending on the program area, although some interns can teach themselves these programs throughout the course of the internship. Interns may gain skills in evaluation, quality improvement, strategic planning, and governmental writing. More generally, interns learn how public health systems and large departments function.

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