Healthy Communities Internship Program

Goodhue County Health and Human Services (GCHHS) Healthy Communities unit offers unpaid internships for undergraduate and graduate students in community health, community health education, community health promotion, health and wellness, public health and related degree programs.

GCHHS is located in Red Wing, Minnesota. Self-motivated and innovative students should apply. Typical internships are 20-40 hours a week for 12 or more weeks (240-480 hours), but may be adjusted to meet school requirements.

Interns can gain experience in a wide variety of Healthy Communities unit work: assessment, grant writing, program planning, community engagement, health equity, public health accreditation, policy change, and health promotion and marketing. GCHHS offers internships to give student interns an opportunity to expand on their interests and coursework and receive additional hands-on training from GCHHS professionals. We are glad to work with colleges and universities to provide an experience designed to meet the academic expectations, competencies and requirements of the institution. It is important for prospective interns to indicate their interests in their cover letter and to work out any details regarding academic credit requirements before the internship begins.

​Candidates for the Goodhue County Health and Human Services internships must be actively enrolled in an accredited college or university requiring the completion of an internship prior to graduation. Candidates must be in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree such as community health, community health education, community health promotion, health and wellness, public health, or a related degree program. GCHHS internships offer daily on-the-job interactions with colleagues for undergraduate and graduate students to gain quality career experience. As a Healthy Communities Intern, you are a valued member of the GCHHS team.

Application Process
Healthy Communities Internship Posting
​ Internships are offered in the spring, fall and summer.
​To apply, please email the Healthy Communities Supervisor and attach:
  • Resume
  • ​Cover letter describing your career objectives, pertinent coursework and other relevant experiences you've had, your college or university, degree/ major currently pursing, classification (junior, senior, master’s, etc.), hours required for your internship, and proposed start and end date. Interns are encouraged to indicate what kinds of internship work would be of particular interest and/or relevance to their career objectives in their cover letter.
The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all application materials are completed and received in a timely manner, generally at least 6-8 weeks before you hope to begin your unpaid internship. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be invited to interview with the Healthy Communities Supervisor and offers will be made shortly after.​

​ Interns need to make their own housing arrangements if residing in the community.

Transportation and Parking
​You will need to make your own arrangements for traveling to and from work. Free parking is available in nearby lots and city streets designated for Goodhue County staff parking.

GCHHS Goals for Healthy Communities Internship Program
​We see internships as mutually beneficial experiences for the participating intern and for our organization. Internships will be educational in nature and not strictly administrative type work. Interns work with staff in the Healthy Communities unit on a variety of community projects and programs to improve the health of Goodhue County residents. Interns at GCHHS benefit in several ways: 
  • Actual career-related experience regarding public health practice
  • Expanded knowledge base
  • Exploration of public health career opportunities
  • Potential to earn academic credit to meet course requirements
  • Increased self-confidence and self-awareness
  • On-the-job learning environment and new learning methods
  • Valuable work experience and training which can be included on resumes
  • Professional contacts and potential references from supervisor and co-workers
​​GCHHS also benefits by offering internships. Being students, interns often bring excitement and energy. As part of their experience at GCHHS, interns work on both new and ongoing projects, adding capacity to the projects and bringing new perspective, ideas, viewpoints and creativity. Later once the internship is over, students who have had valuable experiences can be effective ambassadors for GCHHS which can help recruit future employees. Occasionally interns may choose to join our organization and we have the benefit of understanding their skills and work style. Finally, working with colleges and universities to provide training in public health fields helps encourage the development of a sufficient number of qualified public health workers. The following six criteria describe Healthy Communities Internships:
  • The internship, even though it includes actual operations of our agency, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  • The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  • Interns will not replace paid employees, but will work under close supervision and mentorship of existing staff;
  • GCHHS as the training agency derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, and on occasion our operations may actually be impeded;
  • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship;
  • GCHHS and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.