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Charles D Treser
ENV H 482
Seattle Campus

Environmental Health Internship

Assignment to an environmental health or environmental protection agency for supervised observation and experience in environmental health technology, program planning, and utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in ENV H 311. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

The field internship is intended to provide students, majoring in environ-mental health, with an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in an actual work setting. It is intended to be both practical and educational. Students are expected to devote their full time efforts to the internship in order to gain an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the multiplicity of technical, legal, social, economic, and political factors which impinge upon the planning, development and implementation of environmental health programs to understand and help resolve community problems.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The internship is a minimum ten-week (400 hours) practicum in which students are assigned to an agency full time for the purpose of being trained through observations and instruction, in the conduct of environmental health programs in the community.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a good understanding of the natural sciences, especially biology and chemistry and have completed at least three of the technical courses in the ENV H curriculum (e.g., Food Protection, Water and Wastewater, Vectors Control, Exposure Assessment, Environmental Health Sampling and Analysis I and II)

Class assignments and grading

Student interns are expected to maintain the same hours and working conditions as the environmental health personnel in the assigned agency, that is students will function in a role similar to that of a sanitarian, industrial hygienist or environmental protction specialist under the direct supervision of one or more experienced agency staff members. Ideally, in addition to observing and helping with the routine activities of the agency, the student will have the opportunity to work of a special project of value to the agency with a significant degree of independence.

StuThis is a credit/No credit course (CR/NC). Grades are assigned based on the student's performance in the work situation.

a. Each student is to maintain a log book recording the major work activities in which they were engaged, and prepare progress reports as appropriate. These may be reviewed by the course preceptor during the course of the internship period and are to be turned in at the end of the internship.

b. Each student is to complete the Mid-Term Report form and submit it to the course preceptor at the end of the 4th week of the quarter, i.e., it should be mailed to the course preceptor during the 5th week of the quarter so that he has time to contact you and arrange for a field visit with you and your supervisor.

c. Credit for the field practice will be granted only when the following have been received by the course preceptor. (1) An evaluation of the student's performance completed by his or her field supervisor. (2) A written summary report of the student's activities during the field practice to which the log book is to be attached. The written report should be typed (double spaced), approximately 10 pages in length, and present a synopsis of the student's work experiences and personal observations during his/her internship, including the following:


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Charles D Treser
Date: 10/31/1998