Internship Programs (Non-Clinical)

2011 Summer Interms: Interns Mozart Guerrier (left) and Julyanne Rosario-Vazquez (right) worked with OHCC's Director of Outreach Patricia Rector this summer on projects focused on health and safety outreach to workers.2011 Summer Interms: Interns Mozart Guerrier (left) and Julyanne Rosario-Vazquez (right) worked with OHCC's Director of Outreach Patricia Rector this summer on projects focused on health and safety outreach to workers.OHCC has been an active participant and strong supporter of the internship programs sponsored by the Office of the President and coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. Our clinic also selects talented MercyWorks students who fit our program needs.

Typically, nonclinical interns work with Patricia Rector, Director of Outreach and Education.  "The projects the students work on expand our clinics’ ability to advance our public health mission, understand issues affecting workers' health and safety,” Rector said.  “Their efforts help us find new solutions by listening carefully to the voices of workers struggling in a tough economy.”

Upstate’s Presidential Summer Internship Program

This program engages the skills of underrepresented minority college seniors headed to graduate school, graduate students, and talented underrepresented minority professionals from the Syracuse Metropolitan Area.

This year’s paid Presidential Intern was Mozart Guerrier, MSW, who conducted video interviews with a wide spectrum of African American community members. These oral histories invited participants to reflect on

  • how the current economy affects workers’ willingness to report work-related illnesses or hazards
  • how barriers might be surmounted
  • strategies for more effectively reaching such workers with information about what to do if they know or suspect their symptoms are job-related
  • workplace injury or illness that affects multiple workers
  • workplace health and safety rights—and how to exercise them


MercyWorks

OHCC also hosted a MercyWorks SYNERGY paid summer intern, Julyanne Rosario-Vazquez, who successfully created a database of human service resources for worker/patients in our Southern Tier region, handled multiple online information-gathering assignments, and assisted in bilingual worker health and safety training.  Her work at the clinic helped her advance her own goals toward becoming a nurse.

MercyWorks is a professional development program that targets goal-oriented minority students from the city of Syracuse—high school seniors who are college bound, or undergraduate students.

For more information about Upstate’s summer internships, especially those at the Occupational Health Clinic, go to http://www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/internship.php or contact Pat Rector at (315) 432-8899, Ext. 127.

Other Internships

During the academic year, there are other nonclinical internship possibilities at the OHCC for undergraduate and graduate students. Often students receive academic credit for these internships. One outstanding intern developed a project that earned national recognition by the American Public Health Association’s Occupational Health section in 2010.

We are open to discussing possible work projects with students in journalism, public health, labor studies, political science, social work, computer science, among other fields. Contact Pat Rector at rectorp@upstate.edu to explore possible project assignments or ideas.