UM Global Public Health Program Launches Internship Program

September 14, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana prepares students to enter their professional careers directly after graduation. Internships working with businesses and organizations offer one of the best ways is to gain critical experience for landing post-graduate dream jobs.

UM’s Global Public Health minor has launched an internship program with initial opportunities available at seven local organizations. These internships reflect that students enrolled in the GPH minor come from a wide array of disciplines, with some working directly with patients and others pursuing careers in health advocacy or public health policy.

“Why not gain credit for the work you do?” said Peter Koehn, the GPH program director. “Local is always part of global, so we thought we could step in to offer these new opportunities for our students.”

The new local career-advancing internships include working with:

  • YWCA Missoula. Help accomplish their mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”
  • The Poverello Center’s Medical Respite Program. Assist the medical respite care coordinator in conducting research, connecting clients with resources and community outreach.
  • Consumer Direct Hospice. Join a hospice care team working directly with hospice patients. 
  • The Missoula League of Women Voters. Monitor health-related legislation during the 2019 Montana legislative session.
  • Missoula Medical Aid. Help organize their annual Salsa Ball fundraiser. There also is an opportunity for native or fluent Spanish speakers to translate during medical mission trips to Honduras.
  • Missoula Forum for Children and Youth. Assist with substance-abuse prevention programs for children and youth.
  • Missoula City-County Health Department Health Promotion Division programs. These include Buckle Up Missoula County, Cancer Control, the DUI Task Force, Emergency Preparedness, Infectious Disease, Let’s Move! Missoula, Missoula Invest Health, Suicide Prevention and Tobacco Free Missoula County.

GPH also maintains a list of outstanding national and international internships related to global public health.

For more information call program coordinator Kelly Yarns at 406-270-0869 or email or call Program Director Peter Koehn at 406-243-5294 or email The GPH website is online at


Contact: Kelly Yarns, program assistant, Global Public Health, 406-270-0869,