Health Studies Certificate Field Experience Requirement

To fulfill the requirements of the HEST certificate program, a student must complete a registered health-related internship or research project AND submit a Post-Experience HEST Questionnaire to the HEST chair.

The internship/research experience should fulfill one or more of these HEST Program Goals:

  1. Learn about health from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  2. Explore the concept of health, the determinants of health, and/or the consequences of health.
  3. Identify health-related problems or issues and/or explore how they can be solved.
  4. Develop research skills to critically examine health from multiple perspectives.
  5. Apply skills and knowledge about health to a community research project or internship.

Four ways to fulfill the HEST Registered Field Experience

1. Internship Notation Program (INP)
  • The student participates in an internship during the summer or academic year; INP registration occurs at the beginning of the experience.  Retroactive notations cannot be processed.
  • A student will receive a non-credit notation (INTR 7xx) on her/his transcript for the semester/summer.
  • The Internship Notation Program (INP) is Dickinson’s official way of recognizing internships.
  • See HEST examples here: http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20120/health_studies/1365/student_research_and_field_experience/4
2. Research Experience Notation (REXP)
  • The student participates in a scholarly scientific research experience during the summer under the supervision of a professional researchers at Dickinson or another institution.
  • A student will receive a non-credit notation (REXP 7xx) on her/his transcript for the summer; REXP registration occurs at the beginning of the experience.  Retroactive notations cannot be processed.
  • The Research Experience Notation (REXP) is Dickinson's official way of recognizing scholarly academic research.
  • See HEST examples here: http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20120/health_studies/1365/student_research_and_field_experience/4
3. Study Abroad Program with Internship/Research Experience
  • Options in this category may vary depending on the study abroad program, so a student should ask about internships while exploring study abroad programs.  Some examples may include:
  • Interning while studying at The Washington Center and the Dickinson in New York program
  • Interning in any other study abroad location (e.g., Malaga, Cameroon, Copenhagen)
4. Independent Study/Independent Research

Post-Experience HEST Questionnaire

It is a good idea to talk to the HEST chair before you begin the Field Experience to make sure it is likely to fulfill the HEST requirement.

In addition to the Field Experience falling into one of the above categories, you must also be able to answer at least three of the following questions about your Field Experience. These questions can be found on the Post-Experience HEST Questionnaire:

  1. Describe the ways in which your experience made you think about health from more than one perspective (e.g., individual, community, economic, psychological).
  2. Describe the ways in which this experience enabled you to explore the concept of health, the determinants of health, and/or the consequences of health.
  3. Describe the ways in which you identified health-related problems or issues and/or explored how they can be solved.
  4. Describe the ways in which the experience helped you to develop research skills to critically examine health.
  5. Describe the ways in which you applied your skills and knowledge about health to your research project or internship.

Upon your completion of your registered health-related field experience, complete and submit the Post-Experience HEST Questionnaire. Send the completed Questionnaire as a Word document (via email) to the HEST chair Marie Helweg-Larsen (helwegm@dickinson.edu). You should do this as soon as possible after completing the experience but no later than 4 weeks after completion.

Resources available to help a student find and prepare for a Field Experience

Students may utilize Career Center resources and services as early as their first-year. From individualized appointments and drop-in hours, on- and off-campus programs, to online resources and alumni groups, students can work with the Career Center to explore opportunities and potential career paths, connect with alumni, and identify opportunities to meet their interests. Students should contact the Career Center (717-245-1740) to set up an appointment to start working on internship plans.

Students may also speak to their HEST advisor or a HEST faculty member in their major or area of interest.