At a Glance


All interns are required to attend a 3-day orientation in Los Angeles (June 18-20, 2019).

The purpose of the orientation is for interns to receive a general overview of OSH through a number of interactive educational sessions including: worksite tours, listening to a panel of workers who have sustained injuries or have encountered hazards on the job, discussing research strategies around OSH, and much more.


OHIP is a full time commitment and cannot be completed in combination with summer school or other outside activities. Interns are expected to be available for the entire OHIP summer, approximately 40 hours per week. Depending on the project, possible evening or weekend meetings may be necessary to accommodate workers’ schedules. Interns are encouraged to get involved in other activities of their assigned union/worker organization including: rallies, picnics, or special events.

Check-in meetings with the intern’s assigned Site Coordinator (academic mentor) will occur over the summer as well as periodic check-ins with other interns. Site Coordinators provide guidance to the interns and work with their assigned union/worker organization to ensure that each team receives support.


Each team is required to provide the following products at the end of the internship:

1. “Give Back” Product

Each team develops something useful to “give back” to the worker and their assigned union/worker organization to improve the work environment.

The “give back” product can be an educational resource (e.g. fact sheet, laminated wallet cards, posters, audio CDs, training materials), a training session to groups of workers, or a presentation or detailed report on the team’s findings and their recommendations to their union/worker organization.

2. National Web-conference

At the end of the summer, interns participate in a web-conference with NIOSH and other funding agencies, worksite supervisors, Board members, Site Coordinators, and supporters. Each team provides a PowerPoint presentation about their summer project.

3. Final Report

A final report that summarizes what each team did and learned during the summer is also required.