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Recent Master of Public Health Internships

Master of Public Health students at Saint Louis University complete an internship, referred to as the Applied Practice Experience (APEx), with a public health organization, domestically or internationally, that matches their practice or research interests. We have hundreds of internship opportunities available, including over 60 locally.

The internships are designed to help students apply their public health skills from the classroom in a community setting. They also allow student to network, building important professional connections that help guide students early in their careers. 

Any Master of Public Health student can choose to do an internship internationally. In the past, students have done their internship in Thailand, Uganda, Guatemala, Switzerland, and other countries across the world.

Meet Recent Interns

Lydia Thomas, M.P.H. '22

Lydia Thomas, wearing a blue blazer and black pants, stands in front of a banner for a palliative care conferenceLydia Thomas, M.P.H.'22, graduated from SLU with a concentration in global health. During their last semester in the program, Lydia did their internship with Global Partners in Care.

As part of Lydia's internship, Lydia was able to travel to Kampala, Uganda for 3 weeks and participated in the 7th International African Palliative Care Conference and visit local hospices.

Megan Collins '23

Megan Collins, wearing a blue and white checked blazer and holding a black purse, standing in front of a 150th Anniversary APHA sign. Megan Collins '23, is currently pursuing their M.P.H. with a concentration in biosecurity and disaster preparedness. While in the program, Megan was able to work with the American Public Health Association as a member of the Alliance for Disease Prevention and Response. Megan did a multitude of projects for them, including assisting in the planning, facilitating, and reviewing the Policy Action Institute with over 400 participants.

Megan also published a 2022 Get Ready Day Campaign blog post on emergency preparedness for infectious diseases centered around COVID-19, seasonal influenza, and monkeypox for a broad audience. 

Hannah Buncher '23

Hannah Buncher, wearing a blue blazer and face mask, stands in front of a conference banner holding a large "I love public health" sign. Hannah Buncher '23, is currently pursuing their M.P.H. with a concentration in epidemiology. Hannah did their internship with Kennedey Krieger Institute through the Ferguson RISE Fellowship. They helped conduct research focusing on disparities in the juvenile justice system, specifically in young girls. Their research project was titled "Understanding disparities in the juvenile legal system: looking at court outcomes for girls with violent offences." 

Learn More

For more information about upcoming M.P.H internship opportunities, contact the MPH Internship Coordinator, Mary-Lynn Glenn, at

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