R. Brick Lancaster Community Health Internship Award

This student internship is in honor of R. Brick Lancaster, a practitioner who worked for several decades at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and helped champion the link between research and public health practice.   

This award, given for the first time in 2018, will support a student who during his/her internship will conduct a health education and health promotion project that addresses a significant public or school health issue identified by a public health department or community agency.  

The competitive internship includes a stipend of $2,000 to work a minimum of 180 hours or work a semester-long, full-time internship toward the pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate health education degree, one-year SOPHE student membership, and an opportunity to present the results of the project completed during his/her internship at a SOPHE Annual Conference/Advocacy Summit and/or publication in one of SOPHE’s peer-reviewed journals.   

Applications are accepted on an annual basis for terms/semesters: January-April | May-August | September-December. 

Eligibility and requirements to apply:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student (9 credit hours or more) in a graduate or undergraduate degree program in: 1) public health with a concentration in behavioral sciences/health education; 2) health education, health promotion, a related program that fulfills the requirements for eligibility to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.  
  • Completed at least 50 percent of credits needed for graduation and must be at least one semester until degree completion. This will be verified through unofficial transcripts.
  • Present a copy of the degree requirements for the program of study.
  • Indicate the time interval for the internship: January – April | May – August | September – December
  • Submit a proposed project addressing an important community challenge or problem, through application of goals, methods, and ethical commitments of community health promotion (minimum 1,000 words). The project outline should include the public health or program need(s) (e.g., childhood obesity, preparedness planning, infrastructure development); SMART objectives; population to be addressed (e.g., seniors, infants or children, Latino, Native American); methodology; and program area, department, or organizational unit within the health agency where the assignment will be based. Proposed projects may be new or ongoing, and the applicant must have the primary role in conducting the project. 

Note: if the applicant is currently employed in the same public health department or agency, the proposed project must be distinct from the applicant’s regular employment duties. 

  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae or resume (maximum of three pages)
  • Signed agreement from a community-based practitioner to serve as preceptor for the internship for a minimum of 180 hours over a semester term. 

Letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is a National SOPHE member or chapter member. Verification that the internship site and preceptor meets college/university requirements. Note: it is preferred, but not required, that the faculty member also oversees the student internship.  Student applicant does not need to be a National SOPHE member at the time of submission.

If selected, the student must: 

  1. Submit a signed internship agreement form and a project timeline.
  2. Sumit a mid-term progress report and a detailed final academic research report.
  3. Submit an abstract and prepare a presentation for delivery at a SOPHE Annual Conference, Advocacy Summit, or via a webinar.  

Recipient may elect to utilize partial award funding to attend the SOPHE Annual Conference, but SOPHE will not provide additional travel support. Recipients also are encouraged to prepare a manuscript based on their work and submit it for publication in one of SOPHE's journals, Health Education and Behavior, Health Promotion Practice, or Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the SOPHE Awards Committee for their scientific/theoretical basis, originality, and potential contribution to health education practice. 

Application instructions:

Application materials should be assembled and submitted as a single PDF document. Free online tools to convert a document to pdf: smallpdf.com and pdfmerge.com

Application check list:

  • Completed online application form below
  • Current academic unofficial transcript
  • Copy of the degree requirements for the program of study
  • Letter from proposed preceptor in public health or community agency
  • Faculty member's letter of recommendation
  • Project proposal describing rationale, intended purpose, process/methodology, and potential contribution or impact of the project in (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae - maximum of three pages

Awards are recommended by the SOPHE Awards Committee and approved by the executive committee.


Questions? jbuckley@sophe.org




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