The idea for an APE can come from many places. Some students may be aware of an organization with which they want to work with, while others know there is a specific content area they would like to explore. Students may also seek potential opportunities by contacting organizations of interest, networking, and applying to openings posted on the RSPH Career Connection or through the Office of Career Development. During the school year, students may also find work-study or part time positions that may develop into an APE, such as those through the Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) program. Additionally, opportunities are continually being developed through departments for students to enrich their learning through structured professional experiences.
Students may also find APE ideas by reviewing our map highlighting past Rollins Applied Practice Experiences around the globe (see the map below). APE projects have been completed in not‐for‐profit organizations, hospitals, state or local health departments, federal agencies, community-based organizations, and for‐profit firms.