Center for Healthy Communities

CHC Internship

Within this CHC internship, our goal is to recruit Chico State students who bring their unique perspectives, lived experiences, and creativity to our internship program. At CHC we encourage self-expression and celebrating one’s cultures and identities, as these differences help us discuss and solve challenges in a more equitable way.

Internship opportunities

Student interns having fun

Summer and Fall internship opportunities

Requirements to Apply

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses at Chico State and be in good academic standing. Students on academic probation are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate study by the start of the internship.


PHHA & Community Health Internships

Summer 2024 

  • Open Application Period: April 1- April 12
  • Interviews: April 29- May 3
  • Internship Offers & Placements: May 6 - May 10
  • Orientation : TBD
  • Start Date: June 1, 2024

Fall 2024

  • Open Application Period: April 1- April 12
  • Interviews: April 29- May 3
  • Internship Offers & Placements: May 6 - May 10
  • Orientation : TBD
  • Start Date: August 26, 2024

We Invest in Our Students

  • Service Learning

    Chico State defines Service Learning as "academic study linked to community service through structured reflection so that each reinforces the other." CHC provides unique, hands-on opportunities and experiences that reinforce the material and information learned in the classroom.

  • Hands-On Learning

    Hands-on experiential learning helps reinforce concepts learned in coursework. University students have the opportunity to lead teams delivering community-based nutrition education and to develop professional skills essential for employment. The CHC internship model also allows students to get involved in all aspects of partnership development and program design, implementation, and evaluation, and to undertake community engagement both comfortably and competently.

  • Partnerships

    University-community partnerships drive the development of CHC programs. Chico State students are fully engaged in all aspects of partnership development, program design, implementation, management, and evaluation. CHC provides paid and unpaid civic engagement opportunities for more than 100 multi-disciplinary university students per year. The Center has been effective at increasing recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students and with an annual student payroll of $250,000, assisting financially needy students in initiating and completing their university education by providing paid student employment opportunities.

  • Collective Efforts

    A collective CHC, Chico State, and community partner goal is to assist communities in building the infrastructure needed to meet the health and educational needs of area residents. CHC provides leadership, diversity, resources, university students and well-trained graduates, as well as funding to expand services and help build the infrastructure necessary for North State communities to develop, implement, and sustain efforts.

  • Goals

    The goal is that students will learn health promotion skills, acquire the ability to identify needs and strategies to address those needs, integrate civic engagement experiences with the lifelong practice of “giving back,” network with area school and community leaders, and ultimately make their career contributions here in the North State where they are critically needed.

  • Employability

    During and after a CHC internship and paid position, students can add the following to their resumes

    • Understanding and practice of professional office policies and procedures
    • Time management
    • Event planning
    • Health promotion skills
    • Strategies to address the needs of underserved populations
    • Familiarity with local, state, and national policies that promote civic engagement and lifelong practice of “giving back”
    • Peer mentoring and leadership experiences

    CHC promotes employability by

    • Helping to develop and/or revise resumes
    • Providing interview guidelines and actual interviews for paid positions
    • Providing administrative, fiscal, and programmatic skills (e.g. activities and reporting)
    • Promoting job opportunities via various listservs to students during their last semester and/or post-graduation

The Intern Experience

The goal of CHC's internship program is to provide experiential learning for Chico State students.

Experiences include, but are not limited to

  • Administration
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Food Access and CalFresh Outreach
  • Production Kitchen
  • Food Administration and Local Food System Development
  • Community Based Nutrition Education
  • School-Based Nutrition Education and Activity Promotion
  • Paraprofessional experiences supporting projects that impact health outcomes
  • Collect process, impact data, and provide the evidenced based services/interventions required by funders

For More Information

For more information about CHC’s civic engagement programs, and partnership opportunities:

Stephanie Bianco

Kristin Gruneisen