Local Medical Clinic Internships

Many healthcare professional schools require that students be actively engaged in shadowing or working in healthcare environments.  This shows commitment to the profession and ensures that you begin to understand the human condition and the state of the healthcare system. The Office of Medical and Health Programs and the Office of Civic Engagement work with three medical clinics (learn more about the sites below) in the local area that allow our pre-health students to intern during the semester.

These internships are open to all pre-medical and pre-health students. Applicants will be expected to follow HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, passed by Congress in 1996) regulations and will be expected to understand and follow a standard code of conduct for professional decorum.  These expectations will be discussed during orientation, which is mandatory before interning at the clinics.

There are 3 clinic sites that we work with:Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic is located in Beersheba Springs, TN (approx. 45m from Sewanee), Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) of Southern Tennessee is a national nonprofit dedicated to building a network of sustainable free primary healthcare clinics for the uninsured in local communities. The VIM clinic is in Winchester, TN (20 mins from Sewanee), and The Partners for Healing medical clinic was established in 2001 to provide free primary healthcare to a population of low income, working uninsured. Started by area community leaders and located in Tullahoma, TN (approx. 45m from Sewanee). You may apply to any and all of the clinic sites from the one application on TigerNet.    

There are also medical shadowing opportunities at the Southern Tennessee Regional Hospital in Winchester.  To qualify for this Hospital Internship, students will have to show prior shadowing experience at the free medical clinics and get positive reviews from the staff and student site leaders. 

Also, if you want to engage with these clinics in the summer, in a leadership capacity, please see more information about the Cumberland Medical Clinic Internship

Eligibility:

  • A Sewanee freshman through senior student; 
  • Interested in Medicine or Public Health;
  • Reliable and open to communication with clinic site leader (must respond to emails promptly)
  • Must have a valid drivers license and be responsible for your own transportation to and from the clinic sites or carpool with another student (please be aware the driver assumesthe responsibility of transport to the clinic and not the University). 

Additional qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Knowledge of health care system ;
  • Basic knowledge about public health concerns;
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural, economic and environmental factors;
  • Overall computer literacy;
  • Strong writing, communication and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently;
  • Cultural sensitivity and enthusiasm for engaging with people from a variety of contexts;
  • Patience and humility.

To apply you must submit all application material to the Career and Leadership Development (CLD) Office via TigerNet by September 5th. Orientation is September 9th at 7p and is mandatory for all interns to attend. 

Please submit the following documents (incomplete applications will not be reviewed):

  1. Cover Letter (see CLD site for help and guidelines; this is a very important part of your application and should be done with considerable thought and careful consideration). 
  2. Resume or CV (Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one)
  3. Fill out the following Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/yXvvTIsXJx6cYTWt1

You will be notified of your acceptance into the internship via email and are expected to be available for questions via email in a timely manner. Please note that previous interns with good reviews from medical site leaders will be given preference for sites.  

Learn more about our clinic sites

Medical Clinic Internships

Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic is located in Beersheba Springs, TN (approx. 45m from Sewanee) and is a not-for-profit clinic that has served over 1000 people since it opened in 2010.  Their mission is “to provide comprehensive ambulatory medical services for the community including Diagnosis and treatment of acute episodic illness."  Services include "on-going supervision of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and depression; minor wound management; stabilizing more serious injury patients, and arranging appropriate hospital and or specialist referral; prenatal care, well-child care, school physicals, and family planning; and health education including nutrition counseling, weight control and smoking cessation.” Sewanee interns work directly with clinic staff to take patient histories and vitals, while also shadowing nurses and physicians. Interns will help with patient files and medicines and may be asked to speak with patients for follow-up care. 

Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) of Southern Tennessee is a national nonprofit dedicated to building a network of sustainable free primary healthcare clinics for the uninsured in local communities. The VIM clinic is in Winchester, TN (20 mins from Sewanee). Their mission is “to promote and guide the development of a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired medical and community volunteers within a culture of caring to improve access to health care for America’s underserved, particularly the uninsured.” Sewanee intern volunteers work directly with clinic staff to take patient histories and vitals, while also shadowing nurses and physicians.  Interns will help with patient files and medicines and may be asked to speak with patients for follow-up care.

The Partners for Healing medical clinic was established in 2001 to provide free primary healthcare to a population of low income, working uninsured. Started by area community leaders and located in Tullahoma, TN (approx. 45m from Sewanee), the clinic was initiated to improve access to healthcare. Their mission is “to open our hearts and hands in love and understanding by providing compassionate health care and nurturing to the working uninsured of Coffee, Franklin, and Moore counties”. Sewanee intern volunteers work directly with clinic staff to take patient histories and vitals, while also shadowing. Interns will also work to help the clinic locate patients that might be eligible for care and to research about grants and ways to help support the clinic. Diabetes Educators might also be able to work on a cooking class and diabetes education program with patients. We are also hoping to establish a Spanish clinic day to help families by providing translators.