MPH/ MHA Internship Program


The Texas Diabetes Institute serves as a one-stop-shop for all Diabetic needs. The institute is home to several services that provide support for Texas’s large diabetic population. Diabetes Mellitus continues to rank as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Studies have shown that patient education correlates to positive patient outcomes. The mission of the patient education department at the Texas Diabetes Institute is to serve as a resource center and provide comprehensive health education and support for the prevention and management of diabetes and other chronic conditions.

The student intern will work directly with the leadership team; under the supervision of the department director. During on-boarding, the student will complete a work plan that will serve as an outline of all the activities/ projects that must be completed by the internship completion date.

The internship will be located at the central office; however, the student may be asked to conduct a wellness initiative or attend meetings at one of University Health System's satellite clinics. Upon request, the student will meet with other managers and staff to coordinate such activities.

Is this a Paid Internship? No

Internship Supervisor: Stephanie Mabry



  • Graduate or undergraduate student
    • Public Health, Health Administration
    • Completed at least 25 credit hours
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Computer proficiency with word, publishing, and spreadsheet software programs
  • Must be available to complete the agreed upon internship hours


  • Career interest in Hospital Administration or Project Management

Objectives, Intern Activities, and Semester Projects

Program Objectives:

The intern will

  • Apply educational competencies learned in coursework
  • Establish networking opportunities for professional contacts
  • Demonstrate an increase in knowledge and skill on program management
  • Increase self-confidence as a health care professional

Intern Activities:

May include, but not limited to

  • Data collection
  • Use assessment data and literature reviews to recommend, develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based program activities.
  • Develop materials for the department
  • Develop bi-weekly wellness tips to be posted on TDI social media
  • Participate in wellness events, health fairs, and other scheduled activities

Semester Project:

The intern will complete a semester project that is due by the last day of their internship. The semester project will be determined during on-boarding with the fitness center manager.

Internship Timeframes

  • Winter/Spring Semester: January 1 – May 31
  • Summer Semester: June 1 – August 31
  • Fall Semester: September 1 – December 31

Application Process and Deadlines

Please review the information on Clinicals & Internships prior to submitting your application to the department.

Department Documents:

Please submit the following documents via email to or fax 210-358-7102.
  1. Completed MPH/ MHA Application
  2. Copy of resume
  3. Letter of interest explaining why you are interested in the internship, your qualifications, and how the internship will help you meet your professional goals.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (third letter for those who do not meet the GPA requirement) – please have those who are providing a recommendation send the letters directly to the department.

Application Deadlines:

  • Winter/Spring Semester: October 1 – November 30: Will be contacted in December
  • Fall Semester: June 1 – July 31: Will be contacted in August
  • Summer Semester: March 1 – April 30: Will be contacted in May

Contact Us

Danielle Gordon, MPH
Diabetes Education Department
Phone: 210-358-7287
Fax: 210-358-7102