CHI Community Internship Application (Student)

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Program Information

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Program Overview

Through funding support provided by Medica, the Office for Business & Community Economic Development will now offer the Community Health Initiative (CHI). The goal of this initiative is two-fold; to provide resources that help community-based nonprofit organizations or small businesses that work in the areas impacting public health, social services, medicine, medical technology, or to help these organizations build capacity and improve their overall performance and effectiveness in communities of color; and secondly to provide University of Minnesota students with valuable applied learning experiences by linking them to opportunities in communities that face public health disparities and other socio-economic issues.

CHI Community Internships

This application is for University of Minnesota graduate students seeking a paid internship with a community-based nonprofit organization or small business.

Funded by the CHI Program, this Community Internship will assist those nonprofits and businesses that focus directly on addressing public health issues or health disparities in underserved, socially and economically challenged communities.

Internship proposals will cover topical areas of Public Health, Community Health Education, Social Work, Population Health Coordination, Nursing Care/Management, Health/Medical Research, Feasibility Study and Program Evaluation and Measurement, Program Development and Community Outreach. 

Students participating in the Community Internships are full-time graduate students enrolled in the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, School of Social Wolrk, School of Medicine and Nursing Students.

The OBCED Program Manager receives applications from qualifying organizations and students, and then matches them up taking into account, skills set, work and volunteer experience, classroom instruction and other experience the student wishes to share on the application, resume and cover letter.  NOTE: The student and organization may also come already matched and submit an internship proposal jointly.


CHI Community Internships are offered during the summer (end of May through August) of each year and are available as full-time (40 hours per week), 3/4-time (30 hours per week) or part-time (20 hours per week) positions that are located and supervised at the host organization's site throughout the duration of the internship.  Total Number of hours based on a 12-week time frame; up to but not to exceed 480 hours.


  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities Campus) in the School of Public Health, the School of Social Work, School of Medicine or Nursing School
  • Students from socially and economically disadvantaged or ethnically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • Strong academic credentials (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Experience with communities of color and/or nonprofit organizations

Students Who Participate

  • Gain valuable experience working with community-based nonprofit organizations or businesses serving diverse communities addressing health disparities 
  • May have the opportunity to fulfill master’s degree field experience requirements
  • Develop hands-on professional skills
  • Improve their communications and consulting skills
  • Are exposed to potential careers and new community engagement opportunities
  • Apply classroom knowledge to real-life management and operational situations
  • Must submit a Work Plan at the start and a Final Report & Evaluation at the completion of the internship
  • Will be paid an hourly wage ($16.50/hour), bi-weekly according to the University payroll schedule


For more information, please contact:

Nedy Windham
Office for Business & Community Economic Development
University of Minnesota
2221 University Avenue SE, Suite 136
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Phone Number: (612) 625-2053
Fax Number: (612) 625-9056
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