Internships and Theses
For students completing a Health Sciences or Public Health major, the internship experience is an essential way to gain practical experience. This internship is an on-the-job learning process completed under the guidance of a Cooperating Organization, supervised by a Carroll faculty member.
Clinics and agencies realize that they can make a significant contribution to the quality of their future programs by assisting in the educational process of future employees. Those organizations that open their doors to interns accept the professional task of providing a meaningful experience by maintaining high expectations of the interning students.
A successful internship experience requires three key factors:
- An intern who realizes and fulfills responsibilities and commitments
- Organizations that provide a supportive work environment conducive to the learning experience
- Appropriate supervision from both the Cooperating Organization and the Department of Health Sciences at Carroll College
The intern must reflect the policies and standards of the Cooperating Organization and Department of Health Sciences. The value of the personal experience gained by the intern depends on his/her contribution to assisting the organization in obtaining its objectives.
This guide contains internship policies and procedures, contractual agreements, internship reporting forms, and evaluation reports that will help ensure that the intern receives a high quality practical experience and that the cooperating organization, in turn, will benefit from the performance, skills, and information provided by the intern.
Senior Thesis Guidelines
Completing a senior thesis provides students with additional research and writing experience that builds critical thinking and analytic skills that can be carried into graduate school or the work place. Students who complete a senior thesis are involved in an individual or ongoing research project, where they prepare a research paper and may have the opportunity to present at a professional meeting. Those intending to prepare a senior thesis should take HS307 (Evidence Based Research Methods), during their junior year.