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Prepare Professionally

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To Apply

Click below for the application and submission instructions.
Application for Fieldwork or Internship–Preparedness.pdf
 (185KB fillable form

NOTE: Please understand that by submitting this application and other applicable documents, you are requesting consideration for an internship within the Public Health Preparedness Office.  If you are seeking an internship within another division of the health department, to please click here to email your inquiry.


Application Requirements

  1. GPA of 3.0 or above.
  2. Completed application.
  3. Resume or CV.
  4. Letter of Interest.
    •  Express your interests related to public health
    •  Include experiences that may not be included in your resume/CV, optional
    •  No more than one page, single spaced
  5. Letter of Recommendation.
    • Recommenders should be familiar with the applicant’s education, training, experience, aptitude, or promise relevant to internship position(s) for which the application is being submitted; only one letter required. Recommenders should email the letter to the address listed on the application. Applicants are encouraged to make the request for a recommendation letter as soon as possible; this is typically the reason for an incomplete application packet, which delays packet review.
  6. Submission of document.
    • Save all documents, including this application using your last name as the file name proceeded by a space and the words associated with the document type.  For example, “Smith CV” or “Smith Resume” or “Smith Letter of Interest”.  All documents should be in MS Word or PFD format.   Submit the resume/CV and letter of interest with the application.
    • Put the words “Submitting an Application for Fieldwork or Internship Opportunity “in the subject line of your email.   Do not place this in the subject line if you are not submitting an application.   Email documents to email address listed on the application.   Applications not properly filled out or submitted with the appropriate documentation will not be considered. State in your email if you have or have not coordinated for a recommendation letter.


Credit Hour Equivalents

Please consider the hours you must complete to get credit for fieldwork/intern assignments during a given semester.  Typically students are only available 14 of the 16 weeks in a semester; breaks and exam week excluded.  If you rely on public transportation you will need to consider the bus schedule to and from the health department when determining your availability.  If you are offered and accept a position, you will be asked to sign a schedule agreement of the hours that that can work each week.  Opportunities under 2 credit hours are typically only for students who are applying for a summer position or students who have been accepted for consecutive semester opportunities.


  • 1 credit = 60 hours
  • 2 credits = 120 hours
  • 3 credits = 180 hours


Work Completed by and Credited to Preparedness Interns

  • Assisted in the development of the Tompkins County Health Department’s Risk Communication Planning Process.
  • Assisted in the development of the Tompkins County Health Department’s Ebola Response Plan.
  • Assisted in the design and execution of public health trainings, drills, and full scale exercises in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).
  • Created a lobby presentation on the Zika Virus as part of the health department’s Zika Risk Communications Plan.
  • Designed and developed Zika Virus risk communications products, currently displayed in the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport.
  • Revised the Tompkins County Health Department’s Infection Control Policy and Universal Precautions Policy.
  • Created a lobby presentation and info graphics on Hepatitis, providing health risk information to the public.
  • Developed a capability-based critique tool for exercise evaluators to assess the Tompkins County Health Department’s ability to develop and coordinate, and to disseminate information, alerts, warnings, and notifications to the public.
  • Developed a critique tool for community members in order to understand their comprehension of a public media message disseminated by the health department.
  • Assisted in the development of a tool for identifying the needs of individuals and families in isolation and quarantine.
  • Developed a preparedness information sheet for the Medicaid Obstetric Maternal Services (MOMS) Program.