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Dr. Marian LevyThe Master of Public Health (MPH) program integrates the academic study of public health theory with principles of public health practice in order to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles, and protect the community. In accordance with national accreditation standards, our MPH students spend 240 contact hours in a practicum (internship) experience. The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department serves as the primary location for MPH students practicum. Students have gained valuable experience working directly with top administrators and health officers on projects related to HIV prevention, breastfeeding, immunization, TB control, community health promotion, and emergency preparedness. The practicum provides graduate students the opportunity to apply academic concepts and models learned in the classroom to the real world of public health practice. It also provides relevant experience that serves as a foundation for their public health careers.

—Dr. Marian Levy

The Washington Center for Intership Programs

Recently the Tennessee Board of Regents began providing funding to assist University of Memphis students participate in The Washington Center for Internships Program. Students submit an application and are selected by a faculty and administrative screening committee. Students accepted by TWC earn academic credit as they complete an internship, an academic course, and a leadership forum in Washington, DC.

For more information on the Washington Center Internship program, click here.

To apply: click here

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The following students successfully completed internships in the following Washington Center programs:

After a competitive application process, Melissa Rhea has found herself in a position to further her career with placement as an intern within the Internal Revenue Service. Melissa, a senior Accounting Major, will work primarily in the Human Resources Technology department where she will offer technical support to existing IRS employees. This position both allows and encourages her to explore the various other departments within the IRS. She will also participate in leadership and multinational business finance courses as part of her program with The Washington Center.

Summer 2011

  • Daniel Hernandez - The DC Center for the LGBT Community

Spring 2011

  • Van Dinh Khanh Stacks - U. S. Internal Revenue Service

Fall 2010

  • Peter A. Albrecht - Abraham Group LLC (International Strategic Consulting Firm)
  • Johnathan Bennett - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • David Endicott – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Elham Mohammed -  HafeziCapital, LLC (International Consulting Firm)

Summer 2010

  • The Trust for the National Mall
  • U. S. Marshalls, Office of Congressional Affairs
  • Advocacy-Service-Arts Program

Spring 2010

  • U. S. Navy Museum
  • Asia America Initiative

Fall 2009

  • Double R Productions
  • Global Centurion
  • The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • USA Today

As part of The Washington Center Internship Program, students participated in the USAID Conference on Human Trafficking.

Spring 2009 - As a part of their DC experience, students were able to attend an oral argument at the Supreme Court, update a resource manual for a local refugee services program, attend the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 congressional hearings, and participate in the Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill. Students completed internships in:

  • Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • Office of the Attorney General for DC - Child Protection Section
  • U. S. Attorney's Office (District of Columbia) - Civil Division
  • U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

Survey of Alumni of The Washington Center for Internship Programs

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