Information About Internships

The Friedman School is serious about experiential learning. The internship requirement for some degree programs has several purposes: to give students practical field experience that complements academic study, to give students experience in an institution where they might work in the future, to allow students to determine the kinds of jobs they wish to find after graduation, and to give them an opportunity to make contacts in the professional sphere where they will seek employment.

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Who must complete an internship?

Students of the FPAN, AFE and Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change programs must complete an internship as part of their degree requirements. Students in other programs in the Friedman School are not required to complete an internship, but are strongly encouraged to do so.

Students in the Frances Stern Dietetic Internship program must fulfill internship program requirements as stipulated by the American Dietetic Association and the FSNC. The internship receives no formal academic credit, but is necessary to become eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The terms and requirements of the Dietetic Internship differ from those of other units of the Friedman School.

The amount of time and work done for an internship will vary. All students in the AFE and FPAN programs will be required to complete a minimum of 320 hours to meet the academic internship requirement. It is often typical to have a student complete 400 hours during their internship experience. NUTCOM students must complete a minimum of 10 weeks or 400 hours. This does not include time spent writing a final report.

An internship can take place at any time during the degree process but usually occurs over the summer after the student's first year of study, lasting from 10 to 12 weeks.

Students doing internships that merit academic credit may develop a Directed Study proposal based on their internship work, using the appropriate form. Students may receive a maximum of two credits toward their M.S. degree requirements as Directed Studies based on internships. Directed Studies based on internships are normally graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Refer to Internship Policies and Procedures for more information.

Internship Contract

Whether or not academic credit is sought, students fill out an Internship Contract describing the internship location, institutional contact, and type of work to be performed. The contract is approved by the Internship Institution Supervisor, the student's Academic Advisor and Program Director before the internship begins.

Requirements and Steps

In order for the internship to appear on a student's transcript, the student must do the following:

  1. Select internship site and establish an institutional contact. 
  2. Submit a completed Internship Contract, signed by the Academic Advisor, the Internship Institution Supervisor and the Program Director to the Coordinator for Student Services before beginning the internship. Students should begin to complete the contract and obtain signatures early enough to submit the contract on time.
  3. Complete the internship.
  4. Submit via email an Internship Completion Form and Completion Report to the Office of Student Affairs, the Academic Advisor, and the Program Director. It is optional to send the report to the Internship Site Supervisor. The Internship Form includes basic information about the internship and it can serve as a cover sheet to the Completion Report, which is a description of the work done, a self-evaluation of how well the student was able to meet his/her objectives, an assessment of the value of the internship, and a recommendation to other interns (five-page maximum.)
  5. Be prepared to give a brief presentation about your internship experience. A meeting is held in October or November (you'll be informed of the date/time by email). Other program specific post internships requirements will be communicated to you, as well. All faculty and students are invited, with special emphasis on first-year students who have not yet completed an internship.

Where do I begin?

Think about what you'd like to do

Think about what kind of work you'd like to get involved with, what kind of organization you'd like to work for, and what country or part of the U.S. you would like to explore.

Start early

It's never too soon to get the process of setting up your internship in motion. Some organizations have early deadlines for summer internship positions, even as early as January. Many also have limited internship spots, so avoid the competitive rush and get your request in early. Start looking early in the semester or over break periods, before your study load gets too heavy. Avoid the last-minute grab-and-go internship: The earlier you start, the more information you can gather, and the better your internship choice will meet your interests.

Our site posts opportunities that organizations send to the school, please check the listings often for the latest.

Network

First, talk to your advisor and other faculty members about your interests. Find out what internship opportunities they know about and what contacts they can provide. Talk to other students—both those who've done internships and those who are also looking—for ideas and contacts. Talk to everyone you come in contact with through the Friedman School, Tufts University, or related outside work. Good internship ideas and opportunities come from many places.

Research

Visit the websites of organizations that have already provided internship opportunities to Friedman School students to learn more about them and what programs are currently underway that might support an intern. The David Patrick O'Brien Grant is awarded to one Tufts intern each year; consider applying.

Contact and follow up

Once you've found an organization that you'd like to intern with, find out who the correct internship contact is and send him or her your request by email or fill out and mail in the application, as needed, by the deadline provided.

  • Include a brief description of your own course of study and career interests.
  • Refer to the previous Friedman School student (if there was one) by name and date of internship.
  • Outline the dates of the internship period you're pursuing.

If your potential host is interested, ask for more information:

  • What the internship involves (what kind of work you'd be doing or would like to be doing—keep your own goals top-of-mind)
  • What the stipend is (if any)
  • What travel expenses are provided (if any)
  • What housing is provided (if any)
  • With whom you'd be working—who you'd report to and who your colleagues will be.

When you're offered an internship position that you'd like to accept, ask your host contact to provide you with all the details on the information listed above in writing and mail it to you at least one month before the start date of the internship.

Note that people are busy and may not be able to get back to you right away. Polite persistence is the best course of action to get a response. If you don't hear from your contact within a week or so, a courteous followup from you in the form of another email or telephone call is due. If possible, have a fallback contact—someone else within the organization who you can get in touch with in case your first contact is unavailable.

Ideas and Examples

International:

Academy for Educational Development
An independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems in the U.S. and throughout the world. Major areas of focus include health, education, youth development, and the environment.
Acciòn
A nonprofit microfinance organization that fights poverty through microlending.
Development Associates, Inc.
A private management and governmental consulting firm that provides public policy research, and managerial, administrative, and technical services to federal, state, and local government agencies and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
Global Health Council
An umbrella organization composed of professionals in the health-care field, non-governmental and governmental organizations, academic institutions, foundations and corporations. Priorities include child health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive and maternal health, infectious diseases, and emerging global health threats.
Global Volunteers
Sends teams of volunteers to live and work with local people on human and economic development projects identified by the community as important to its long-term development.
Grassroots International
An independent agency committed to progressive social change.
InterAction
A coalition of nonprofit organizations working worldwide, and a leading advocate for sustainable development, refugee and disaster assistance and humanitarian aid.
International Development Exchange
Focused on promoting economic justice and issues of food security, indigenous peoples' rights, labor issues, micro-credit, popular participation, womens' empowerment, and youth action.
International Food Policy Research Institute
Concentrates on economic growth and poverty alleviation in low-income countries, improvement of the well-being of poor people, and sound management of the natural resource base that supports agriculture.
International Monetary Fund
An international organization established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.
Institute of Organic Agriculture
A research group specializing in organic agriculture.
Institute of Nutrition and Food Science
Objective is to carry out research on nutritional problems and to do other relevant activities such as nutrition education and training, nutrition surveying, etc. with a view to bringing about improvement of the nutritional status of the people.
Partners for Development
A U.S.-based private not-for-profit organization currently managing self-help programs in Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Nigeria.
Peace Corps
Goals are to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Population Services International
Develops and implements programs worldwide to encourage healthful behavior and to increase the availability of health products and services at prices low-income people can afford.
Relief International
Activities have assisted vulnerable communities in the health, shelter, reconstruction, education, community development, agriculture, food, income-generation, and conflict resolution sectors.
The Carter Center
Health programs that focus on eradicating and controlling diseases and reducing hunger by increasing food production, and peace efforts that help to achieve democratic government, resolve and prevent conflicts, safeguard human rights, and achieve long-term development.
United Nations Development Programme
Seeks to address the many causes of poverty and to promote development, including through the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.
United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations programme that supports human development globally by promoting volunteerism and by mobilizing volunteers.
World Bank
One of the world's largest sources of development assistance.
 
Domestic:
Science and Environmental Health Network
Advocates the wise application of science to protecting the environment and public health.
Urban Environment Initiative
Provides public access to Earth Science information and promote its use with a focus on the environment of urban areas.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment
Responds to environmental health concerns and provides communities with epidemiologic and toxicological health assessments.
Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Division of Early Childhood, Youth and Women's Health
Implements policies that benefit the health of women, children and families, working closely with other public agencies and advocates throughout Philadelphia's neighborhoods.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
A non-profit partnership that assists immigrants with agricultural experience to apply their skills in their new environment and become commercial farmers.

In addition, students have worked with the following groups:

  • Bolton Flats Hmong Immigrant Agriculture Site / Manny's Dairy
  • Gardens of Eagan Organic Farm
  • Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet
  • FoodLogic
  • Urban Bounty Farm

 

 

Once you find your internship

Review the internship information in the Friedman School Policies and Procedures Manual. Make sure you know all the conditions that you'll need to meet in order to fulfill your Internship requirement.

Get your forms filled out and turned in, including:

  • The Internship Contract, to be completed; signed by you, your Academic Advisor, your Program Director, your Internship Site Supervisor  and delivered to the Office of Student Affairs.

Traveling abroad? First, check with the Tufts University Health Services Travel Safe program for information on how to safeguard your health before, during and after your trip (including what immunizations are currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the country or countries where you'll be spending your internship). If you're not enrolled in the Tufts Student Health Insurance Plan, it's highly recommended that you make sure your current health plan covers you while traveling.

Make it official and get your papers in order. For passport and travel visa information by country, visit Travel Document Systems or other related sites.

Research where you're going. Find out more about the town, city and country where you'll be spending two or three months. Figure out what to pack—and where to explore in your time off!

Get the lowdown. Talk to interns who've already been there about their experiences and advice.

  • For area conflict and other political safety information, visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.
  • For other country-specific information—including history, current political information, currency and prices, climate and further reading—visit Lonely Planet. And don't forget Let's Go.com for budget travel tips.
  • Shop for travel products (mosquito nets, water filters, current adapters, etc.) online.

During your internship 

Take photographs—digital if possible—to include with your final internship report and presentation. Be sure to have someone take pictures of you "on the job" so others can really see what your internship experience was like.

Keep a journal, and record what you're learning, who you're meeting and your general impressions of the internship and the organization with which you're working. This is extremely useful not only for putting together your final report and presentation but also for your own memories—not to mention contacts for future job networking! Remember, all internship experience provides something to learn from. Be sure to record the good, the bad and the ugly in your journal, both for your benefit and for the benefit of other interns who follow in your footsteps.

Stay in touch, if you have email access, with your fellow interns and your faculty advisor. Ask questions, share problems, pass along stories. This provides great support while you're away and enriches everyone's experience.

Soak it in!—Assuming it's safe and feasible, take every opportunity to explore the area you're in. If you're in another country, purchase inexpensive local items to bring back if you can—such as clothing, jewelry, music, exportable food items—to give other students an authentic sense of the people and the culture that you spent time serving. Also, if possible, bring back materials from your internship work to share with other students as part of your final presentation.

After your internship

Upon completion of your internship, you must submit the Internship Completion Form, the Internship Report and a Powerpoint presentation.  Additional information will be sent via email.

Internship Completion Form

What do interns bring to your organization?

Interns bring cutting-edge skills and fresh perspectives into operational settings. All interns are computer-trained, and many are multi-lingual. The majority have had prior work experience.

As Friedman School students, they share key characteristics such as creativity, focus, discipline, and the strong desire to learn, contribute and succeed in their chosen environments.

For sponsors such as your organization, these internships can serve many purposes:

  • Help to fill short-term project needs with qualified persons without having to engage them in longer-term employment.
  • Fill employment niches that otherwise might stay empty, particularly in summer months.
  • Bring unique types of expertise to your organization.
  • Provide opportunities for specialized work that might otherwise not take place.

Some interns have been asked to stay on by their hosting agencies to complete work still underway at the end of the internship period. In such cases, students defer the second year of study and return to the Friedman School later, enriched and energized by experiences vital to their future careers.

Requirements for hosting an intern

  • Students must intern with accredited organizations and institutions engaged in activities related to their program of study. These may be NGOs, departments of national governments, small commercial farms, community-based agriculture programs, non-profit bodies, think tanks or private consultancy organizations.
  • Most interns are available for a period between mid-May and mid-August. Internships during the rest of the year or for a more extended period can also be considered as options for some students.
  • The internship should include a minimum of 320 hours of on-site work. Plus an additional 50 hours or so available to the student for write-up, reporting and other activities.
  • Some agencies cover travel costs and a basic stipend for living expenses. In other cases the school offers some support for travel, and other arrangements needed to be made for living preparation.
  • The internship experience is most valuable to both student and hosting institution when expectations are defined ahead of time. A letter stating all details of the internship agreement—including timing, location, expected work responsibilities, stipend, direct supervisor and other contact information—should be delivered to the prospective internship no later than one month before the start-date of the internship. (The intern is responsible for collecting all internal Friedman School sign-offs.)

Contact the internship program

For more information regarding the Friedman School internship program and how to recruit interns for your organization, please contact:

Timothy Griffin, AFE Program Director

Email: timothy.griffin@tufts.edu
Phone: (617) 636-3613
Fax: (617) 636-3727
150 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02111
USA

Beatrice Lorge Rogers, FPAN Program Director

Email: beatrice.rogers@tufts.edu
Phone: (617) 636-3703
Fax: (617) 636-3794
150 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02111
USA

Ed Saltzman, Academic Dean for Education

Email: edward.saltzman@tufts.edu
Phone: (617) 636-3779
Fax: (617) 636-3781
150 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02111
USA

Jennifer Hashley (domestic programs), New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Director

Email: jennifer.hashley@tufts.edu

Phone: (617) 636-3793
Fax: (617) 636-3737
150 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02111
USA

2016 Internship Presentations

In order to view the presentations on box.com, you must sign in first with your Tufts email and password (first.last@tufts.edu + pwd), then your normal UTLN (name01 + pwd). This ensures that the presentations stay visible to only our Tufts community and aren't accessible or searchable through the internet.

You may also use this link to access them (also requires signing in) on box.com

2015 Internship Presentations

In order to view the presentations on box.com, you must sign in first with your Tufts email and password (first.last@tufts.edu + pwd), then your normal UTLN (name01 + pwd). This ensures that the presentations stay visible to only our Tufts community and aren't accessible or searchable through the internet.

You may also use this link to access them (also requires signing in) on box.com

 

Archives-Internship Presentations

In order to view the presentations on box.com, you must sign in first with your Tufts email and password (first.last@tufts.edu + pwd), then your normal UTLN (name01 + pwd). This ensures that the presentations stay visible to only our Tufts community and aren't accessible or searchable through the internet.

You may also use this link to access them (also requires signing in) on box.com

 

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