2018 HCC Summer Internship Application

Deadline: December 21 2017 at 02:00 AM PST - CLOSED

This program is inactive or past the deadline.


Health Career Connection (HCC) is a comprehensive professional development program that provides paid summer internships to undergraduate and recent graduates in the field of public health and health care.

HCC is committed to increasing representation of all racial and ethnic groups in the health professions. Students of color , first-generation students and those of economically challenged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Through partnerships with local organizations, HCC provides internships in a variety of settings including but not limited to: hospitals, community health centers, medical groups, health plans, local health departments, community based organizations and advocacy groups. During the course of the internship, students will work on meaningful projects and gain professional and personal development. HCC provides extensive exposure to health careers through workshops and events guiding students towards their authentic health career path.

HCC interns are passionate, committed, and dedicated to connecting with their cohort and alumni. We look forward to reading your application!


- Summer internships are full time (up to 40 hours per week) for 10 consecutive weeks, typically beginning in May or June and lasting through August (dependent on academic calendar).
- Interns will be provided with stipends that range from $3,000 – $4,000.
- Interns must attend mandatory HCC workshops and events throughout the summer.
- HCC does NOT offer clinical or bio-medical research related internships; however, pre-clincal students with interest in exploring other or related health career options are welcome to apply.


- Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (community college or 4-year college or university) or have recently graduated from an undergraduate institution.
- Recent graduates must have completed their degree within the last three years.
- Candidates who are enrolled in a post baccalaureate are eligible to apply.
- Graduate students are not eligible to apply (anyone currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD program).
- Students enrolled in high school are not eligible to apply (including high school students simultaneously taking community college classes).



All applicants must submit the following documents and information:
- Educational Background
- Demographic Information
- Updated Resume
- Statement of Purpose
- Two References (Optional)

We highly recommend reviewing the following resources on resume building prior to submitting your resume.

- MyHCN Webinar with Jeff Oxendine: Improving Your Packaging—Resume, Cover Letter, & Interview Skills:
Please click here for more information.

- UC Berkeley:
Please click here for more information.

- University of Washington School of Public Health:
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- John Hopkins:
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- Columbia, Mailman School of Pubic Health:
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- University of Minnesota School of Public Health:
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In 750 words or less (1-1.5 pages typed, maximum 7,000 characters), please state your reasons for wanting to
pursue this health internship.

Your Statement of Purpose should address the following:

- Your career objectives and interests in the Public Health and Health Care field
- What is motivating you towards your objectives
- Any barriers you have overcome
- Future professional and educational plans
- How this internship will help you in pursuing your objectives/plans
- Briefly describe your ideal internship experience
- Why you feel you should be selected
- Other information that would help HCC evaluate you as a candidate

Please do not submit transcripts, letters of recommendations or any additional documents. They will not be considered.


Only complete applications are reviewed. Please ensure you click on the "Submit" tab in order to complete your application. Complete refers to submission of all required documents as well as completion of all fields on the online application. Once the application deadline has passed, HCC will begin a review of all complete applications.

A select number of applicants will be contacted for in-person interviews with Health Career Connection staff. In person interviews will start mid to late January.
- Only applicants who are invited to interview will be contacted by Health Career Connection staff.
- Please do not contact Health Career Connection staff about the status of your application-- due to the volume of applications we cannot answer individual requests for application status.
- Based on the candidate's application and first round interview with HCC staff, a select number will be invited to move forward to a second round of interviews with potential host organizations.
- HCC staff determines all placement decisions based on interns qualifications, host organization needs and interview feedback.

Applications will be read as they are submitted. It is in your best interest to submit the application as soon as possible.

For more information on HCC, please visit www.healthcareers.org.