Spring 2011

Student News

Students Investigate Careers in Public Health and the Health Sciences
Public Health student receives information at the SPHHS Career Fair.

On a wet autumn day, hundreds of students came in from the rain to attend the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ 2nd Annual Internship and Workforce Development Fair. The fair, held on September 30, 2010 in the UMass Student Union Ballroom, welcomed public health organizations including Tapestry Health, the New England Research Institute, the Massachusetts Health Officers Association, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and many more. Representatives from each organization spoke to UMass Amherst students regarding internships, practica and careers in the public health and health sciences fields.

Also among those in attendance were over 40 high school students from the nearby Springfield Public School system and Franklin County Technical School. The students, many of whom belonged to the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), were provided transportation from their schools to learn more about the fields of public health and health sciences.

Thomas Carbone, '87

“The students – both high school and college – were very interested in hearing about local public health,” said Thomas Carbone, ’87, an SPHHS alum and president of the Massachusetts Health Officers Association. “They were able to articulate their interests and from there we were able to suggest different avenues in finding internship opportunities. They also asked good questions about the profession.”

The benefits of a Career Fair aren’t one-sided, however, as participating organizations have just as much to gain. “Ideally, interns bring additional staffing opportunities as the intern completes a project for the community,” says Carbone. “Also, local public health organizations tend to have older employees. The majority of the workforce is older and will retire in the next 10 years. Engaging students who are fresh from college brings new ideas to the profession and starts to fill our ranks with the leaders that will replace us.”

The SPHHS plans to host its 3rd annual fair on October 21, 2011.

If you would like to learn more about the annual SPPHS Internship and Workforce Development Fair or to participate in the 2011 event, please contact Risa Silverman at


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