|When may the experience take place?
|Any time of year; start and end date flexible.
|Between May 15 and August 19, 2023; start and end date flexible.
|Where may the experience take place?
|Opportunities are invited from across the state, nation, and globe. While students may have more flexibility to relocate and/or work on-site for a full-time summer practicum, many students continue to seek remote opportunities, especially during the school year. We welcome host organizations to specify preferences for in-person, remote, or flexible/hybrid work on their posting.
|What is the time commitment?
|With a minimum of 130 hours, these practicum experiences may be variable in total hours and duration. Some projects may be best suited to a shorter time period, while others over several months. For this practicum format, students often complete work independently and check in at regular intervals.
|Students can expect to commit 400 hours, e.g., full-time over 10 weeks.
|Which students participate in this opportunity?
|MPH students enrolled in our On-Campus/Online Professional MPH program range from early career to mid-career professionals with diverse interests in public health. While some are trained clinicians and/or working professionals, others are earlier in their careers.
Students represent the following concentrations: Interdisciplinary, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Health Policy & Management, Public Health Nutrition.
|MPH students enrolled in our 2-year MPH programs are often early career professionals with diverse interests in public health.
Students represent the following concentrations: Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology / Biostatistics, Global Health & Environment, Health & Social Behavior, Health Policy & Management, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology, Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health, Public Health Nutrition.
|What are the expectations of preceptors?
|Each student is expected to have a primary point of contact–or ‘preceptor’–for the duration of their practicum. A preceptor should have expertise in the assigned project areas, experience with/interest in supervision and mentorship, and access to relevant organizational resources needed to complete the work. Preceptors are advised to provide students with clear expectations, support, and professional insights, including through regular meetings and feedback on student progress. Although a preceptor may have graduate training in public health, a public health degree is not required to precept a Berkeley MPH student.
|What is the deadline to submit an opportunity?
|Anytime practicum opportunities are invited year-round. We recommend beginning recruitment a few months in advance (e.g., recruited over summer for a fall start date) to account for time for an application, selection, and orientation process.
|Summer practicum recruitment will begin in fall, with a priority posting date of February 1 to provide time for an application, selection, and orientation process. Although we encourage early postings to reach the largest pool of students, we typically continue to invite summer opportunities on a rolling basis throughout the spring semester.
|What compensation or benefits are expected?
|As you evaluate your organization's capacity to host an MPH student, we hope you will strongly consider allocating compensation for a student in your budget in light of the previous work experiences/skills that our graduate students contribute. Particularly in our local Bay Area, we recognize the importance of compensation given the high cost of living and academic program expenses that limit students’ capacity to take on a volunteer position. We welcome all submissions and invite you to reach out to our team to discuss your specific needs! Please schedule a meeting or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|How do I submit an opportunity?
|We invite submissions for any professional opportunities–including, but not limited to, MPH practicum experiences–via our online platform, PHLEX, where you may submit a posting after creating an account.