Academic Health Department

Accepted Interns

Congratulations on your acceptance to the KCHD Academic Health Department! KCHD student interns are a respected and valued part of the KCHD team. We are excited to learn alongside you as we tackle some of the biggest issues facing public health today.

Intern Requirements

Students are required to attend the Public Health Boot Camp orientation and Student Research Day, where they will share their project with KCHD staff. See below for Boot Camp and Research Day dates.

Upon confirmation of internship, all students are expected to complete (1) a background check, (2) tuberculosis (TB) test, and (3) achieve compliance with the KCHD Immunization Policy. Students must provide evidence of compliance with these requirements by the end of the Public Health Boot Camp or otherwise risk being terminated from the internship program.

  1. Background Check
    In order to complete a background check, KCHD will need a completed Authorization and Release Form completed at least one week prior to Boot Camp. Please send a completed Authorization and Release form, your date of birth, and any other names you may have used in the past (i.e. maiden name, etc) to Cheryl Clements.
  2. Tuberculosis (TB) Test within the last year
    Note: You should be able to get a TB test at your regular doctor’s office. You can also make an appointment with the KCHD Clinics Division which is located on-site at the Health Department at 700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
  3. Demonstrate Compliance with KCHD Immunization Policy
    KCHD requires all employees to be up-to-date on recommended vaccinations, including a current flu vaccination. This requirement also applies to interns. Please bring a copy of your immunization records, including a flu vaccination within the last year to the Public Health Boot Camp. If you are a Michigan native, you should be able to have your vaccination records printed off by your doctor’s office because the state has a tracking system for all vaccinations.

Public Health Boot Camp dates:

Season/Semester Dates Time
Spring/Summer 2020 April 23-24, 2020 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Fall 2020 August 27-28, 2020 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Winter 2021 December 10-11, 2020 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Student Research Day Dates:

Season/Semester Dates Time
Spring/Summer 2020 August 14, 2020 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Fall 2020 December 4, 2020 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Winter 2021 April 10, 2021 9:00 am-12:00 pm