Health Promotion Internship

Medical Mutual is a company that provides professional liability insurance to physicians, hospitals, and other health care institutions. Medical Mutual stays ahead of the curve by developing resources that minimize risk exposures and ensure compliance and been voted best for 12 consecutive years. Currently the company is accepting applications for the Health Promotion Internship this summer, in the Raleigh office.

As an intern for Medical Mutual this summer, I would be exposed to many areas related to public health. I would asses health education needs, review claims data, identify resources for health education programs, and be exposed to the facilitation and implantation of health education in participating practices across North Carolina. I would be working in an office setting; mostly doing independent work, but sometimes working in a group. As an intern in this company, I wouldn’t just be getting coffee; I would be doing something relevant and important for medical professionals. From this internship, I will gain an understanding of the legal matters concerning medical professionals and what exactly health education is.

The internship lasts for 10-12 weeks, running from May to August. I have emailed Jason Horay at about creating my own work schedule and am waiting for a response. The company suggests a total of 35-40 hours of work per week for this internship. I have also emailed Mr. Horay about the payment for this internship. The job description didn’t mention any payment, so I’m thinking it’s not a paid program. Because the office is located in Raleigh, I will be able to stay at home and commute daily. I will need money for gas and food, but none for the internship itself.

This internship has many requirements. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in health promotion, worksite wellness, public health or something else relevant to this area. The applicant must have good communication skills, both oral and written, and must display a high level of professionalism. The application must also be highly motivated, organized and self-directed. An online application must be filled out in order to be considered for the internship position. Along with the application, the company requires a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation. The application is due on March 1, 2016.

I am very interested in the medical field and hope to attend medical school after college. Although not directly in a medical setting, this position will allow me to be in an environment related to the health field. I will be exposed to areas and information that I previously wouldn’t have thought of as related to the medical world. This internship will allow me to understand and be exposed to the less common aspects of the health field. Furthermore, I am interested in the Gillings School of Public Health and I believe this internship will give me a better understanding of public health. The main drawback to this internship is the lack of payment. However, I’m not too worried about that because I will be gaining experience and knowledge that will be very beneficial for my future.

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