Health Related Internships

Below are links to internships that are health or healthcare related. You will need to read each organization's requirements to see if you qualify and are able to apply.
An internship with the American Diabetes Association means you will engage in the daily activities of staff and gain real-world experience while making a difference in the lives of people who are affected by diabetes. 
American Medical Student Association - AMSA has partnered with AMOpportunities (AMO) to offer clinical experiences, including observerships for eligible premedical students.

Avencion Group – Zambia, Africa
Tyrell Junius, HOSA Alumnus, works with members who have an interest in global health initiatives in Africa/Asia.  The U.S.-Africa Global Leadership Program (GLP) has internship opportunities. 

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Internship Programs for Graduates and Undergraduates, current internship & co-op opportunities available. 

Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro, run by local medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine.  With a focus on both education and real-world experience, Camp Cardiac provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field.  In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for heart healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise.  Although Camp Cardiac's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the heart (or brain), it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.

Eligibility: Ages 15-18 years of age; Cost: $675  (Scholarships available)

Cardinal Health Internship & EMERGE Programs
(for undergrads; leadership development-EMERGE; MBA internships; recent grads)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Museum Disease Detective Camp
If you’re more interested in collecting and analyzing data than treating patients, this 5 day non-residential program may be for you. While topics vary year to year, some examples include: public health interventions, global health, infectious disease, chronic disease, injury prevention, data analysis, surveys, school wellness programs, violence prevention, environmental health, emergency preparedness, outbreaks, scientific communication, laboratory technology, disease surveillance, epidemiology, and public health law. Expect a demanding but exciting experience, with re-created outbreaks, mock press conferences, a laboratory session, introductions to chronic disease surveillance and public health law, lectures from well-known CDC scientists, and more.  Eligibility:  Students entering their junior or senior year; 16 or older.  Location:  CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons Summer Public Health Scholars Program
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program is designed for undergraduate students to increase in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers.

CVS Health Internships
Undergraduate as well as MBA and Master’s degree students. Pharmacy, healthcare operations, dietetics and nutrition, nursing, optometry and nursing.

Global Pre-Meds Doctor Shadowing
Two-week programs for students aged 16+ that provide 40 hours hospital-based clinical shadowing under the mentorship of Medical Doctors. Global Pre-Meds provides a comprehensive package including accommodation in their own guesthouses with pre-health students from across America and the wider world, with emphasis on safety, learning and adventure.

GlaxoSmithKline Undergraduate Internship Program

GPSA for Health Medical Fellows Program
This is a global health, gap-year program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Guatemala and Belize. Fellows live and work in either of this countries, work at a local health center, and support GPSA healthcare service learning programs for high school students. The program gives recent college graduates the opportunity to work alongside physicians, nurses and community health workers while experiencing the challenges and opportunities present in global settings. We offer flexible start dates and program lengths. 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is seeking applicants for the Public Health Student Intern Program (PHSIP). Public Health Interns will complete a one-semester rotation within one of HRSA's Bureaus or Offices. This public health program offers unpaid experience for current graduate and undergraduate students in good standing at schools of public health  and public health programs in the United States.
Empowering you to improve your life and the world around you.

Howard University Health Sciences High School Summer Academy
The Center of Excellence High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy (HSSESA) is one of the many support programs offered through the COE to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University. The HSSESA is a six-week highly competitive residential summer enrichment science academy for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students. Only twenty (20) High School students nationwide and globally who demonstrate an interest in the sciences, a career in pharmacy or other health professions will be selected.   

The Indian Health Programs have many incredible medical school and residency electives available all over the country. The majority of these primary care electives are on or near American Indian and Alaska Native reservations.
Mayo Clinic offers internships in the fields of: Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Center for Innovation, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Dan Abraham healthy Living Center, Engineering, Information Security, Information Technology, Public Affairs, Student Nurse Extern Summer Program, Summer III Nursing Externship, Summer Lab Science Program, and Video Post-Production. From the careers page, click "Learning Opportunities" and select an area in internships to learn more!
MISA offers 5 days of hands-on skills training, mentorship, and clinical immersion. You will be introduced to medical research and “step into the shoes of an MD” workshops. Through the simulation lab, you will gain hands-on training of medical techniques and procedures including EKG, suturing, CPR, splinting and taking vitals. Though the program is non-residential, you will interact daily with medical experts and leaders, and have the opportunity to shadow them in a busy urban hospital and area clinics.  Eligibility:  Age 15 or older; Grades 9-12
This program was designed as a guided, academic, practice-based opportunity for graduate level students in public health, pharmacy, environmental studies, or law to work on policy and practice issues impacting public health at the local level.
NACCHO has a year round internship program for interested individuals with a minimum of one year of college-level courses and a minimum of one year working in an office setting. At minimum internship runs for three months.
This is an opportunity to work at NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devote exclusively to biomedical research. This internship is offered to students who are at least 16 years of age or older at the time they begin the program.
Nursing Internships for High School Students
Are you interested in a career in the medical field but don’t know where to begin? One of the easiest ways to get started is to apply for nursing internships while you’re still in high school. With a nursing internship, you’ll get invaluable exposure, experience, and guidance on how to pursue a health care job from professionals already working in the field.
This 9-day residential summer program will give you a glimpse of all aspects of the medical field. Interactive lectures and small group workshops will focus on leadership topics such as personality styles and group dynamics, conflict resolution, public speaking and ethical decision-making. You will participate in clinical rounds, gaining hands-on experience in suturing, testing vital signs, tying surgical knots and identifying cranial nerves.  You will work with a team to research a controversial health issue and brainstorm interventions, then put that knowledge to the test diagnosing and treating patients in an outbreak simulation exercise.

Guest speakers include top researchers in the medical community. Off-campus you will get a behind-the-scenes look at prominent sites around the city, with tours specifically tailored to the area of medicine.  Eligibility:  Ages 14-18; Must have completed at least one year of high school

Locations:  American University (Washington DC); Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA); Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA); Northwestern University (Chicago, IL); Rice University (Houston, TX); University of California, Berkley (San Francisco, CA); University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); University of Washington (Seattle, WA); Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Penn Medicine Summer Program for High School Students
Spend 4 weeks at Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, learning all things medicine. Join in interactive lectures and labs on topics such as transplant surgery, emergency medicine, cancer, resuscitation science, kidney disease and sports medicine. Try your hand at suturing, drawing blood and minimally invasive surgical techniques at Penn’s Clinical Simulation Center. You will even have an opportunity to dissect an eye and a brain!  Eligibility:  Ages 16-18; Grades 11-12

Location: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Pfizer Summer Internship Program

Join the global team of innovators working to accelerate health equity so all people and communities can thrive. We advise and partner with public institutions, business, grassroots groups and investors to solve the world's most pressing health challenges. 
RN TO BSN Online Programs
A comprehensive list of nursing internships for high school students interested in nursing as a career.  
Squads Abroad empowers teacher-led groups around the world to improve health and educational outcomes in under resourced communities with the support of experienced on-the-ground teams.

Stanford Medicine
High School & Undergraduate Programs for those preparing for a future in medicine or science.

Summer Child Health Research Internship
Spend 9 weeks researching and learning all about child health. You will have the opportunity to choose your mentor from a long list of highly respected faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado, with varied interests and areas of expertise such as stem cell biology, neuroscience, nutrition, hematology, gastroenterology, neonatology, and more. At the conclusion of the program, you will provide a written summary and presentation of your research experience.  Eligibility:  Rising senior in high school, undergraduate, graduate, or first year medical student. Location:  Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Aurora, CO).

The Center of Excellence High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy (HSSESA)
This 6-week residential program is aimed at encouraging underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in pharmacy or other health professions. You will learn about the expectations within these fields, sample some of the required courses including biology, chemistry, medical terminology, mathematics, and computer science and gain career exposure in clinical settings. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent in classes, and Tuesday and Thursday will be spent at clinic hospital sites. Weeknights and weekends will be spent in scheduled tutorials, workshops and excursions. 

Eligibility:  Students entering 11thor 12thgrade; Must be in a college preparatory curriculum
Must have taken and passed biology or chemistry, a mathematics course and two English courses with a “C” or better; Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; Preference given to underrepresented minorities and/or financially disadvantaged students; Preference given to students who reside in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia.  Location:  Howard University College of Pharmacy (Washington DC)

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program 

U.S. Public Health Service - Jr/Sr Co-Step Program

Students participating in JRCOSTEP work in the same exciting Federal agencies and programs as active duty Commissioned Corps officers. Typical assignments vary from 31 to 120 days during official school breaks. Applicants are accepted from a variety of fields, including environmental health, pharmacy, engineering, and nursing.