Personal statement Instructions: Please read
Your application will not be considered complete without your essay. The
student essay is an important component of the selection process. This essay is read by the review committee and potential preceptors.
Please make sure to carefully proofread and review your essay before submitting it to HRTP.
Students are encouraged to use personal stories, creativity, as well as critical analysis to inform the review committee about why
public health is important to you. In no more than 500 words, answer the following questions:
1. Why are you interested in public health?
2. What will you contribute to HRTP if selected?
3. How will this internship help you in the future?
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION
HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program at the NYC Health Department is one of the oldest and largest public health traineeships in the country
For over 50 years, HRTP has provided the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students to experience some of the real life challenges of public health. By working on current relevant public health issues under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals, students apply classroom learning to practical problems in a closely matched practicum. In the process, they learn critical skills needed to excel in the field.
The goals of the program are:
To orient students to the principles and practices of public health planning, research, administration and evaluation.
To broaden students’ concept of public health by increasing their awareness of the needs, challenges and career opportunities in this field.
To assist the Health Department in recruiting skilled, professional candidates with proven potential.
During the summer, in addition to direct hands-on experience, interns are exposed to a rigorous curriculum of seminars, workshops, and other activities to broaden their understanding of how we promote the health of New Yorkers.