Organization Application for Community Internship

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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 community-based nonprofit organizations or small businesses seeking to host a University of Minnesota graduate student intern.

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

Internship proposals will be accepted in the topical areas of Public Health, Community Health Education, Social Work, Population Health Coordination, Nursing Care/Management, Health/Medical Research, Feasibility Study, Program Evaluation/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 Work, School of Medicine an 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. 


  • A community-based nonprofit organization or small business serving economically disadvantaged communities and/or communities of color
  • Located in the Minnesota greater metropolitan area
  • Nonprofit organizations must be 501(c)(3) Certified
  • In operation for at least three years
  • Able to provide on-going educational experience to students
  • Able to provide on-going supervision from a MSW, MPH, MD or equivalent experienced personnel
  • Able to provide space and technical accommodations at organization during internship period
  • Able to clearly define internship scope, goals and objectives
  • Must have a pre-internship organization assessment and post-internship evaluation & assessment
  • Able to pay an administrative fee of $150.00 (Student wages are paid by the CHI Program)


Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2020


PREFERRED APPLICATION METHOD: Please fill out the Online Application for Nonprofits and Businesses.


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For Businesses

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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