Local Medical Clinic Internships
Many health professional schools require that students be actively engaged in shadowing or working in health care environments. This shows commitment to the profession and ensures that you begin to understand the human condition and the state of the health care 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 (~45 minutes from Sewanee). Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Tennessee, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free health care for the uninsured, is in Winchester, TN (20 mins from Sewanee). The Partners for Healing medical clinic was established in 2001 to provide free primary health care to a population of low income, working uninsured. Started by area community leaders, Partners for Healing is located in Tullahoma, TN (~45 minutes from Sewanee). You may apply to any and all of the clinic sites from the one application on Handshake.
There are also medical shadowing opportunities at the Southern Tennessee Regional Hospital in Winchester. To qualify for the 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 during the summer in a leadership capacity, please see more information about the Cumberland Medical Clinic Internship.
- 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 driver's license and be responsible for own transportation to and from the clinic sites or carpool with another student (please be aware the driver assumes the 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 Center via Handshake by 11:55 p.m. January 22, 2020. Orientation is January 26 at 6:00 p.m. and is mandatory for all interns.
Please submit the following documents (incomplete applications will not be reviewed):
- Cover Letter (see Career Center site for help and guidelines; this is a very important part of your application and should be done with considerable thought and careful consideration). Address your cover letter to the Selection Committee.
- Resume or CV (Please review Career Center guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one)
- Fill out this Google form.
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.