Some of the benefits of participating in this program include gaining insight into the healthcare sector, the roles of primary care providers in public health, and the challenges and opportunities of working with rural and underserved populations; the opportunity to work with and learn about diverse populations; travel and exposure outside of your home community; personal growth including responsibility, accountability, and gaining experience working in a team environment; leadership over at least one project at the clinical site; and a supportive, structured, yet adventurous summer internship experience that is reputable and great for resume building
The Courier Program Public Health Internship will be hybrid in 2024. It will have two components: distance learning and in-person observations.
June 10 - June 28: Distance Learning
July 8 - August 2: In-person observations
NOTE there will be a one week break in the program from July 1 - July 5 in observance of the 4th of July holiday.
Students MUST be in Versailles, Kentucky no later than 2:00pm on July 8. If a student can not complete both components of the program, they will not be considered for a spot in 2024.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in December of 2023. Applications will be due no later than Friday, April 12. Should spots fill up by the deadline, applicants will be put on a waiting list for the summer.
Students will stay on FNU’s Versailles, Kentucky campus in the Courier Program House. The house is fully furnished for up to eight students. You may have a roommate while on campus if the program is at full capacity. Please note that the house has a kitchen, dining room, 2.5 bathrooms, and is a tri-level home. You will be given bedding and towels. Housekeeping will help clean main areas and provide new bedding and towels if needed. Daily tasks of dishes, garbage, and cleanliness is up to the students living in the home. Periodic checks will be made throughout the summer.
Orientation to the Courier Program Public Health Internship will happen twice while in the program. Students will get acquainted with one another before the distance learning component in June and then again in July when they arrive to campus.
Students will be reimbursed mileage that will be incurred to and from their clinical and volunteer sites. Personal travel will NOT be included in this reimbursement. Meals and groceries will be outlined on the Dining section of this FAQ.
Students will be allowed to eat in the dining hall free of charge as long as Frontier Nursing University students are on campus. A schedule will be provided during orientation. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a variety of snacks are available throughout the day during that time. Students are asked to gather as a group and grocery shop for snacks, meals, etc. to have in the Courier house. Each student will be given $200 for the 4 weeks on campus to shop for groceries.
The first step is to complete the online application. Applicants must upload a copy of their Driver’s License and unofficial academic transcripts. Applicants will also need three letters of recommendation. All letters of recommendation must be sent from the individual composing the recommendation and cannot be submitted by the applicant. After these materials are received, applicants may be offered an interview with the Courier Program Director and others related to the program. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis via zoom. After all interviews have been completed, the Courier Program Director will send an acceptance packet with valuable information to your home address, as well as an acceptance letter to your email address. Acceptance is also contingent upon successful completion of all credentialing materials, including a drug screen and background check.
We have many alumni willing to speak about their experience with the program! Please email the Courier Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to request this. You can also research Frontier Nursing University's blogs and Quarterly Bulletins for more firsthand accounts.
Yes! We highly encourage family members to come visit students during the program. Nearby Lexington offers many hotels and accommodations. Please note that family visits should not impact a student’s service hours.
Kentucky is full of adventure and opportunities. Some great places to visit during your time in Central Kentucky include Raven Run Park, Keeneland, Shaker Village, Castle Post, and the Bluegrass Heritage Museum. You’ll also be close enough to Louisville and Nashville for a weekend trip.There are also many other opportunities not listed here! Should you be accepted as a future Courier, your welcome packet will include information regarding the area.