Department of Political Science

Internship Procedures

The following procedures are required for ALL students in the Health Administration Program.

  • Meet with Academic Advisor, Ms. April Spencer to map out which semester to intern. Her office is 7078 Haley Center.
  • Students should email to request to be put on an internship list.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to interning:
    • HADM 3000, HADM 3300, HADM 4200, and HADM 2100
    • FINC 3810 or 3610
    • HRM 3420
  • Contact Ms. Lori Redding by email at to schedule a 15 min. meeting the semester prior to intended internship semester. To make an appointment for this interview, your name must be on an internship list for the following semester.

First Segment

You will need to bring the following items to your 15 min, initial interview with the internship class instructor:

  1. Copy of your transcripts
  2. A typed short description of your long term career goals, where you would like to intern (HIT company, LTC, Clinic, Hospital, etc.), and a brief statement describing how this placement request will help you accomplish your goals
  3. If applicable, please also include any geographic location preferences

During your initial interview appointment you will be given a sheet for a mock interview with Career Center. You must schedule your mock interview with the Career Center and return your signed Mock Interview Form to 7080 Haley Center before moving onto the next segment of the internship placement process. Students are encouraged to treat this experience like a real interview with a real job in mind.

Second Segment

The second segment of the internship process focuses on providing you with two or three pre-approved internship placement sites that you will need to contact for a placement interview. You will receive this information in an email from the internship class instructor. The decision of which internship sites you are approved to contact will be made by a committee of the HADM faculty.

  • The faculty will base their decisions on a number of factors including, but not limited to the following:
    • Intellectual performance
    • Emotional maturity
    • Student’s long term career goals
    • Geographic preferences
    • Preceptor’s stipulated criteria and preferences
    • Site availability
    • Ability to set priorities
  • Students are responsible for contacting their internship sites and setting up an interview appointment. Several internship placement sites have very specific interview and contact procedures. It is imperative students email the internship contact provided in the email first. You are only to call your contact if an email address is not provided. If you are instructed to email an administrator, do not call them.
  • Students are required to complete and turn in an Initial Student Internship Contact/Interview Form for each facility they interview with. All face to face interviews should have the business card of the person who will serve as the preceptor attached to the internship site interview form. In cases where the preceptor does not have a business card students should make a note to this affect directly on the form.
  • Please note that students do not always get an offer to intern at all the sites they interview with. Each site is looking for someone who is the right fit for their organization. It is up to the student to make a good impression and conduct themselves professionally.
  • Professional dress is required for all face to face and Skype interviews.
  • Students are required to write or type (not email) a personal thank-you note to each facility they interview with and hand in a Xerox copy of their thank-you notes when they turn in their Initial Student Internship Contact/Interview Forms.
  • Please note students will NOT be registered for the internship class until they have turned in the following forms to 7080 Haley Center: all Initial Student Internship Contact/Interview Forms with the attached business cards; copies of all thank you notes; and the Placement Information Form.

For more information

Rene McEldowney

Cathleen Erwin

Director, HADM program
Department of Political Science
7072 Haley Center
Auburn University, AL 36849
7072 Haley Center
(334) 844-5051

Last Updated: July 10, 2019