The purpose of the graduate internship is to provide students with a work-related experience designed to integrate theory and practice in an applied setting under supervision. The internship experience permits the student to demonstrate her/his ability to apply knowledge of theory and practice to specific activities in a real-world setting. The internship provides students with a professional experience where they can apply existing and new skills and become more socialized into the field of community/public health. Existing skills are those the student brings from his/her life experience and previous education. New skills include those the student has gained through her/his educational experience in the MPH PHCHD program. Socialization occurs through mentoring of the student in the work site and professional arena by the preceptor for the internship.