Health Career Connection (HCC) provides a summer internship to undergraduate students interested in careers in public health and healthcare.
Health Career Connection serves to increase the diversity of the health care workforce; to develop the next generation of health care and public health leaders; and to increase opportunities for people who are from, or want to serve, underserved communities.
HCC does not offer clinical or research related internships.
Internships are full-time (8 hours/day, 40 hours/week) educational opportunities that last 10 continuous weeks, from June through August. Candidates must be able to commit to this time frame. Health Career Connection will not accommodate summer school, vacationing, or studying for any standardized test for graduate or professional school during the internship.
Internships take place at prominent healthcare/public health organizations such as hospitals, academic medical centers, community clinics, medical groups, health plans, health departments, & advocacy groups. Each year, these placement sites may change.
During the course of the internship, students will work on meaningful projects and develop professional skills that will strengthen their preparation and qualifications for health careers that are aligned with their interests.
Through an apprenticeship model, each student is paired with a preceptor at the placement site who will serve as a mentor and guide, sharing his/her experience and wisdom.
Interns will also have the invaluable opportunity to participate in Health Career Connection seminars and workshops, which are incorporated into the summer schedule.
Internships are located in:
· New York/New Jersey (mainly in New York City)
· Boston and nearby cities
· Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area from Salinas to Sacramento)
· Southern California (Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego)
· Central California Valley (Fresno, Modesto, Visalia, Bakersfield)
· Coachella Valley (Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Coachella, Cathedral City)
· North Carolina (Roberson County, Scotland County, Hoke County, Moore County, Forsythe County, Triangle Region, and Triad Region)
Please pay specific attention to the application instructions when choosing a region.
Health Career Connection does not cover relocation costs, housing, or transportation.
Internship stipends are $3,000 – $4,000.
HEALTH CAREER CONNECTION PROCESS
We strongly encourage Applicants of color and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.
Applicants from ALL fields, including but not limited to Health Sciences, Public Health, Healthcare Policy, Administration/Management, Community Health, Business, Political Science, Sociology, Biology, Biochemistry, Business, Health Communications, Anthropology, and Pre-Medicine (with a strong interest in public health or administration) are welcome to apply.
Health Career Connection will only consider applications if they are complete and submitted by the deadline.
Applicants apply into the Health Career Connection program, not specific positions or with specific placement agencies.
After the application deadline, a select number of applicants will be contacted for in-person interviews with Health Career Connection staff. Due to the high volume of applications, only individuals who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. Do not contact Health Career Connection staff about the status of your application.
After the first round of interviews, a select group of applicants will be sent to interview with potential host sites.
Based on applicant’s interests and skills set, selected finalists will be placed into the internship program. This process may take a few months, but it is worth it! Health Career Connection internships are life changing and career rewarding experiences.
Final placement decisions are made by Health Career Connection staff and are based on intern interests, qualifications, and placement site availability at the time of final selection.
Please be advised that some HCC Host Organizations require finger-printing, background check, drug screening, and/or Tb testing. A valid driver's license and proof of car insurance may also be required upon securing an HCC Internship. Health Career Connection does not cover the costs associated with these processes.