WABASH - Wabash College and the Montgomery County Health Department are partnering on an internship program. The department says the effort will expose students to issues ranging from septic failures to methamphetamine lab remediation.

Through the partnership, Wabash students will intern at the health department during the academic year and over the summer. The school says students will gain practical experience in public health and prepare them for graduate school and work force opportunities. The partnership is part of Wabash College's Global Health Initiative.

MCHD Administrator Amber Reed calls the collaboration a "true win-win partnership," saying that while students gain valuable experience, "this community is ultimately the true beneficiary." She says, without the partnership, programs like its mosquito breeding surveillance effort would not exist. Reed says, through past collaborations, students have helped rewrite county ordinances and educational materials.