Students are essential to the OKC-County Health Department and its mission. We offer a variety of opportunities for students.

As a participant in the OCCHD internship program, students must:

  • Be enrolled in an approved college or university
  • Be in good standing with the college or university
  • Agree to abide by OCCHD policies and procedures
  • Adhere to OCCHD security procedures
  • Authorize their college or university and OCCHD to exchange information related to their school records, application, performance as an intern, and other relevant information

OCCHD requires a completed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with all schools and/or programs before students can begin their internship with our agency. This process can take up to 6 weeks. Please keep this in mind as you apply. If your school does not have a current contract with OCCHD, please contact the student liaison to request a tentative placement.

Do you accept Nurse Practitioner students?

We are not accepting Nurse Practitioner students at this time. Please see the OK State Health Department website for more information.


HOW DO NURSING STUDENTS GET STARTED?

Students can request placement at OCCHD by completing the OCCHD Clinical Student Checklist Form. The OCCHD Clinical Student Checklist form serves as the starting point for the placement process. Students should submit the checklist verifying the time-period and internship in which they have interest.

To contact the Student Liaison, please email us at StudentLiaison@occhd.org.

APPLICATION NOTIFICATION TIMELINES

Spring Session application materials encouraged by November 1 of the preceding year.
Summer Session application materials encouraged by April 1 of that year.
Fall Session application materials encouraged by July 1 of that year.

The Student Liaison will:

  • Ask the student or requesting school to submit an OCCHD Student Clinical Checklist form for each student
  • Check availability within OCCHD departments
  • Check the OCCHD website and attempt to place the student first with departments requesting a student
  • If an opening is available, lock in the dates with preceptor and student
  • If an opening is not available, inform the student
WHAT TO SUBMIT

Clinical (Nursing) students will submit or their school will submit on their behalf: OSBI background check, immunization record including Hepatitis B, proof of TB test within the last year, signed OCCHD Code of Ethics form and signed OCCHD Statement Confidentiality form. Additionally, the school or student will provide proof of blood borne pathogen training, CPR, HIPAA privacy training, and licensure.

OCCHD must have physical copies or file from the school before a student can start their internship. Students must pay for their background checks and TB test if not provided by their school.


HOW DO NON-NURSING STUDENTS GET STARTED?

Students can request placement at OCCHD by completing the OCCHD Student Checklist Form. The OCCHD Student Checklist form serves as the starting point for the placement process. Students should submit the checklist verifying the time-period and internship in which they have interest.

To contact the Student Liaison, please email us at StudentLiaison@occhd.org.

APPLICATION NOTIFICATION TIMELINES

Spring Session application materials encouraged by November 1 of the preceding year.
Summer Session application materials encouraged by April 1 of that year.
Fall Session application materials encouraged by July 1 of that year.

The Student Liaison will:

  • Ask student or requesting school to submit OCCHD Student Checklist form.
  • Check availability with OCCHD departments.
  • Check the OCCHD website and attempt to place student first with departments requesting a student.
  • If an opening is available, lock in the dates with preceptor and student.
  • If an opening is not available, inform student.
WHAT TO SUBMIT

The Student Liaison will also collect the required paperwork for each student.

Non-Nursing students will submit: OSBI Background check, immunization record including Hepatitis B, proof of a TB test within the last year, signed OCCHD Code of Ethics form and signed OCCHD Statement Confidentiality form.

OCCHD must have physical copies on file before a student can starting their internship. Students must pay for their background checks and TB test.