Lee, Loberger completing community health internships

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The Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers System recently selected college students Rebecca Lee and Kelly Loberger for summer internships in community health.

Lee is performing an internship in community health at the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health. The focus of this internship is assisting the county in reducing sexually transmitted diseases through education.

Lee, of Oconto Falls, graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 2013. She is studying biology and forensics investigation at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Loberger is at the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Health Center in Shawano County. The focus of the internship is a food assessment survey. Loberger, of Oconto, graduated from Oconto High School in 2012 and is studying biology and global health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Community Health Internship Program is a program of the Wisconsin AHEC System, administered through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The CHIP program links college undergraduate and graduate student interns with local health departments, community health centers and other community health agencies throughout the state to work on public health projects to benefit the local community or region.

Students selected for the program are usually college juniors or seniors, first-year health professions graduate students or other graduate students with a strong interest in public health. The program is offered at county health department sites and other locations statewide. Students receive a modest stipend to cover their living expenses during the eight-week program.

The statewide CHIP program places 60 to 70 interns each summer in locations across the state, and the Milwaukee CHIP program places another 15 to 20 students in the Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin region. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must demonstrate a strong academic record and interest in a career path related to public health.