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What is a Public Health Research Internship?

The purpose of the INBRE Public Health Research Internship Program is to expose a wide range of undergraduate students to the field of public health and to introduce common tools used to investigate and solve these issues. By gaining research experience with professionals on the front lines of public health and health-disparities work, we intend for students to become better informed and active citizens, as well as consider pursuing careers that address health- and wellness-related issues.

To accomplish these goals, Montana INBRE collaborates with community and public-health agencies in the Gallatin Valley to offer undergraduate research internships focused on public health, health services and wellness.

By "research," we mean just that -- with the help of our community leaders and campus mentors, students identify real-world problems affecting human health and apply the scientific method to dissect root causes and propose solutions. In the end, student researchers present their findings, make recommendations and even help agencies implement real-world, on-the-ground solutions.

Here are just a few community partners that past interns have worked with:

  • Community Health Partners
  • The Gallatin Valley Food Bank
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
  • Gallatin County City Health Department
  • The Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH)
  • Bridger Clinic
  • Healthy Gallatin Lactation Education Program
  • MSU Food & Health Lab

Scope, Time Commitment & Pay

Montana INBRE Public Health Research Internships can begin during the summer semester or the fall semester and last no fewerthan two semesters and no more than three semesters. Specifically, two-semester projects can span summer & fall or fall & spring. Three-semester projects span summer, fall & spring.

Student interns develop a research or project plan with their agency mentors and INBRE coordinators and spend approximately 10-hours per week for a max of 100-hours per semester (that's 200 hours total for a two-semester project and 300 hours for a three-semester project). During that time, students will  investigate health and wellness issues, provide services to agency clients and pursue a focused research project associated with their work. Students will gain first-hand experience working to address the health needs of rural and under-served populations, often employing collaborative, community-based approaches to health care.

Student interns are paid a stipend of up to $2,000 for a two-semester project or up to $3,000 for a three-semester project ($1,000 per semester at $10 per hour).

Student Eligibility

Undergraduate students attending Montana State University-Bozeman who will be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of the internship and who are enrolled full-time are eligible to apply. Students must be able to commit 100-hours per semester to the internship (200 hours total for an academic year project and 300 hours for a three-semester project). Some travel may be necessary around Gallatin or Park Counties, depending on placement. The ideal candidate will have basic computer skills (word processing, etc.) and possess good oral and written communication skills. A GPA of 2.5 or better is preferred.

We accept applicants from a wide variety of academic disciplines, including the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, math, applied sciences, art, nursing, computer sciences, and social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary fields like public health, community health, behavioral health, education and others.

Bottom line: If you're an MSU-Bozeman undergraduate student in good standing who's interested human health, we want to meet you!

The Student Internship Experience

The main focus of every internship will be a health-related research project. Final student projects will be determined through a collaborative process among the student, the supervisor(s) at each agency and the INBRE office. Each project will be relevant to the theme of Health Disparities and will seek to provide information on client and/or community health and service delivery that is useful and important to the agencies and the community. At the end of the internship, students will present the results of their research and internship experience with a research poster and a presentation to the community agency or INBRE staff. Interns will also be asked to present the findings of their project at MSU’s Student Research Celebration during spring semester. Students are also encouraged to present their work at regional or national conferences.

How to Apply

We have two different application forms -- one for students who already have a mentor and project idea and another for students who want Montana INBRE to help place them with a project and mentor. Choose the one that best matches your situation.


2017 Application Deadlines

Montana INBRE Public Health Research Internships can begin during the summer semester or the fall semester. Our internships last no fewer than two semesters and no more than three semesters.

That means that two-semester projects can span summer & fall or fall & spring semesters. Three-semester projects span summer, fall & spring. Note: We do not currently offer an internship that starts in fall and goes through spring and into the following summer.

  • For projects beginning during the summer semester, applications are due no later than March 31st, 2017
  • For projects beginning during the fall semester:
    • Fall applications received prior to March 31st, 2017 will receive preferential consideration
    • Fall applications received after  September 10th, 2017 will not be considered

More Information

For more information email Bill Stadwiser or call 406-994-3360.