Internship Experience

With guidance and support from the School of Information and School of Public Health career services staff, Health Informatics program staff and faculty advisors, students are required to search for and secure their own internships, Numerous companies and organizations are interested in hiring MHI interns. Internships may be paid or unpaid, but every effort will be made to support all master’s degree students in securing paid internships.

View the MHI Internship Exhibit on Seelio.

Based on their level of interest in experiential learning, students may pursue one of three internship models:

Standard Internship

  • Students complete a minimum of 360 internship hours during the summer following their first year (e.g. a summer internship at 40 hours per week for 9 weeks or a part time internship spread over the summer and/or a portion of the next academic year).
  • No credit is earned for the Standard Internship.

Extended Internship

  • Students complete a minimum of 360 internship hours on a full time basis during the spring/summer between the first and second year of the MHI program and up to 300 additional internship hours on a part time basis during the Fall term of the second year of the MHI program.
  • No credit is earned for the Extended Internship. However, students who pursue the Extended Internship may enroll in up to 3 credits of independent study during the Fall term of year two of the MHI program. Credit for the independent study is earned by completing an advanced health informatics project that is associated with the internship experience (e.g. a poster or other project).
  • In addition to enrolling an independent study course during the Fall term of year two, students may enroll in additional courses in order to maintain full time status. Students who are interning away from Ann Arbor will be able to enroll in online offerings.

Continuous Internship

  • Students complete up to 700 internship hours carried throughout the first and second year, including the spring/summer between the first and second year of the MHI program, if appropriate.
  • No credit is earned for the Continuous Internship. However, students who pursue the Continuous Internship may enroll in up to 3 credits of independent study during the Fall or Winter term of year two of the MHI program. Credit for the independent study is earned by completing an advanced health informatics project that is associated with the internship experience (e.g. a poster or other project).

With the guidance of a faculty advisor, the internship requirement may be fulfilled by interning with more than one company or organization.

Presentation and Exhibit

In addition to the internship experience, students are required to complete the following internship-related work as part of the MHI Program Seminar.

  • Prepare an internship proposal and agreement during the MHI Program Seminar during the winter term of the first year (earlier if pursuing the Continuous Internship)
  • Document experiences on a regular basis throughout the internship
  • Present a summary of the internship experience and learning outcomes in the form of a presentation to peers in the MHI Program Seminar in the fall or winter of the second year
  • Complete an internship survey 

Note: Students who are currently working in a health informatics-related position either full- or part-time may seek approval from the HI program director to fulfill the internship requirement through their job activities.