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"On Your Own"

Preprofessional Health Advising Office Internship Requirements

In lieu of an internship arranged by the Preprofessional Health Advising Office, you may arrange your own internship experience in a health setting. Applications for the following semester are due on December 1 or May 1. The following procedures apply:
All applicants must meet the requirements and accept the responsibilities listed below:


  • GPA (overall) Allopathic/Osteopathic 3.0, All others 2.6 
  • Must have had an active file in the Preprofessional Health Advising Office prior to the semester in which you are applying. 
  • At least sophomore standing (over 30 units) 
  • Complete and submit an Internship Application. Mark your first choice "On Your Own" on the application and complete the information as requested. 
  • 60 hours minimum (reported by the facility supervisor) are required for credit 
  • 10 page research report reviewing a disease or condition encountered during the internship (Guidelines for Writing Papers for the PPHA Office)
  • Written evaluation (1/2 page, single spaced) of your experience in the internship 
Must be enrolled in Bio 348 for credit. (Complete and present to PPHA office a Special Studies form.)

To receive credit for internships you must receive approval from the Preprofessional Health Advising Office prior to beginning your activity.

To receive an add code for the Bio 348 class you must:

1) complete/submit an Internship Application-Bio 348 form by the appropriate deadline

2) request your supervising personnel to write and sign the brief description, in the space provided on page 2 of the application, of what your duties will entail during the internship.

3) Complete a Special Studies form and enroll in Bio348 for one (1) credit.

In the performance of your internship, it is your responsibility to notify your supervisor if you are going to be absent. Make sure that you wear professional clothing when you are on site: slacks and shirts (male or female) or dresses/skirts (female).

Your paper should include:

a. A literature review of the topic

b. A description of clinical assessment, treatment and prognosis

c. Conclusion

d. References or Bibliography

At least 5 journal articles must be referenced that were published within the last two years. No book sources are to be used. Reference quotations or ideas within the body of the text as well as in the reference/bibliography section. Use the following format for scientific journal articles.


Hall, C. 1995. Effects of thiamin deficiency on thermostasis and circadian rhythm SDSU McNair Journal 2:181-189.

You will be graded for this one unit course and can receive either an A or F based on your participation as evaluated by 1)the physicians and staff administering the internship, 2)your paper, and 3)your written evaluation of the experience. However, if you earn an incomplete (I), the highest grade possible, when all requirements are filled, is a B. Your grade will be based on the quality of your work, and how promptly the missing work is submitted.

All internship papers and evaluations are due the first weekday of finals.

A half-page written evaluation of your experience in the internship must also be submitted at the same time for you to earn a grade.