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Health Care Internships are available in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, DC

Drop-In Counseling

All drop-in counseling and information sessions are held at the UCLA Career Center, Internship & Study Abroad Services, 501 Westwood Plaza, Strathmore Building, Room 200, 310.825.0831.

Los Angeles

Planned Parenthood
Undergraduate or graduate students will present pregnancy prevention and adolescent self-esteem programs to junior high and elementary school students throughout the Los Angeles County.

AIDS Project Los Angeles
Internships are available in the following areas: Benefits Program, Buddy Program, Client Relations, Dental Clinic, Grantwriting, Government Affairs, Fundraising, Mental Health, Nutrition, Publications, Sex Vibe! Magazine, Special Events and Volunteer Resources.

Center for Health Care Rights
The Case Aide/Community Education Intern will provide client care assistance and participate in community education projects. Interns will develop hands-on skills in counseling, health policy, and community advocacy; assist the elderly and disable populations of Los Angeles County with their health insurance needs. The intern will gain knowledge and expertise on Medicare, Medi-Cal, managed care, long-term care coverage and other government assistance programs. The intern will also learn how to develop and implement community education programs for low-income and underserved communities.

Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, Dept. of Education & Outreach
The Community Education Department conducts health education classes, health-screening programs, and provides other collaborated services to the local community. Projects that the intern may work on will include the following: community needs assessment, worksite wellness program, community information and referrals, and community health fairs. Intern will also work closely with Public Relations, Foundation, Center for the Partially Sighted, and Business Development.

March of Dimes – Walk America Internship
The March of Dimes offers an opportunity to help conceptualize and develop the youth component of WalkAmerica. The intern will be responsible for helping recruit new walk teams by promoting WalkAmerica to local elementary and high school students in the central Los Angeles area.

Women’s Care Cottage
A social service agency for women and children. Volunteer Coordinator will design a volunteer program for our volunteers, including design of handbook, training opportunities, appreciation methodology, identification of resources in the community, and setting up speakers.

American Lung Association
The Association conducts a variety of educational programs and community services for the general public, lung disease patients and their families, health care providers, students and teachers. Internships are available in the following programs: Community Health Services, Tuberculosis Education, Children’s Lung Health and Asthma, Adult Lung Health, Smoking Cessation, and Public Health Advocacy.

The American Parkinson Disease Association
Interns will learn the workings of a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need and learn about philanthropy. Individual will be able to work closely with staff members and have a great deal of hands-on experience.

City of Long Beach, Dept. of Health and Human Services – Youth Health Education Programs
The Youth Health Education Program operates six programs that provide education and prevention services for youth with respect to HIV/AIDS, STDs, pregnancy and parenting. These multi-session behavior change and skills-building programs have established links with community agencies, LBUSD, and colleges in the greater Long Beach area to provide prevention education to in-school, out-of-school, probated, incarcerated, pregnant and parenting youth.

Asiacapital Public Health, Inc.
Asiacapital Public Health is an internet service provider for the health industry. Students will acquire, organize, and input information relative to the health industry necessary for website construction.

Community Health Sciences 199 
Enroll in a Community Health Sciences internship this quarter! Excellent opportunities are available for students interested in medicine, dentistry, public health, social welfare, health administration, and other health-related fields. Internships are offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters of 2001-02. You can earn four graded units, learn by serving your community, interact one-on-one with faculty, and prepare for graduate school.

Bay Area

American Heart Association
Students are assigned to leading research laboratories in California, Nevada, and Utah for a ten-week period during the summer to work under the supervision of experienced scientists. The projects range from basic molecular research to direct physiological studies.

Beyond AIDS Foundation 
Beyond AIDS is an international, non-profit organization that is committed to developing a sound public health policy for HIV. Interns will gain experience in public health, political science, law and legislation, and health care.

Hall of Health 
Hall of Health is a hands-on health museum. Interns will give talks on health and the human body (training provided), assist children with interactive exhibits, assist with office work, and do special projects of their choice on evaluation, exhibit development, or educational programming.

Medi-Cal Policy Institute 
The Medi-Cal Policy Institute is an organization whose mission is to assist in the development of effective policy solutions which will best serve the interest of Medi-Cal recipients. Interns will assist institute analysts in researching issues related to California’s Medicaid program – Medi-cal.

Northern California Cancer Center 
Master’s Degree Student Internship Registry Research: Interns will carry out data analyses epidemiological studies using SAS and other statistical software. Helps to design pertinent analyses as they relate to specific research questions/hypotheses. Documents all analyses including programs, output and summary tables. Works closely with Epidemiologists in writing publishable scientific paper(s) which describe the research findings.

Project Inform 
Internship positions are formatted to match the needs of the department and the individual. The positions vary from three months to a year. Internships are available in the following departments: Administration, Advocacy/Information, Communications, Constituent Services, Development, Hotline, Outreach & Education, Public Policy, Treatment Hotline, Volunteer & Intern Services.

Roche Pharmaceuticals 
Summer Internship program provides opportunities for undergraduate juniors and seniors to gain hands-on experience in a focused, highly productive setting. Working under the guidance of a Roche mentor, interns will be assigned significant projects in their field of study and will give a formal presentation of project results at the end of the program.

Sugen Summer Internship Program 
Ten-twelve week internship during the summer, where interns will have an opportunity to work with scientists and research professionals who have dedicated their lives in search of treatments for some of humanity’s major diseases and disorders.

UCSF AIDS Health Projects

  • HIV Counseling and Testing Program:Interns working with this unit have some of the closest contact with the agency’s clientele. They field calls from individuals wanting to make an appointment to take an HIV test or needing basic information about HIV. They also meet clients face to face at AHP test sites throughout San Francisco. After two extensive training sessions, interns are awarded California State Certification in HIV Counseling and Testing.
  • Research Program: Interns are responsible for designing and implementing all of the agency’s research projects, assisting in writing, editing and proofreading of grant proposals.
  • Psychosocial Support Services: The PSS Intern assists with the daily administrative tasks of the program including data entry, maintaining client files, preparing correspondence, and assuring that the clinical staff receive the support needed.
  • Publications Program: Intern will serve as staff level research assistant and write for FOCUS and PERSPECTIVES. In researching their topics, interns have the unique opportunity to investigate current research projects and consult with researchers, physicians, social workers, outreach workers, and other professionals working in the HIV field.
  • REACH Program: Intern will assist all daily activities, including production, dissemination, and management of client data forms and surveys, and data entry. In addition, intern assists in the design of publicity for specialized workshops, forums, and other community events to educate individuals about HIV prevention.
  • Training Program: Intern will participate in the research of HIV statistics, psychosocial issues, legal issues and medication update.
  • AHP Services Center Operations: The Operations Intern will assist with the production and dissemination of forms, flyers, notices, and manuals and will assist with data compilation for monthly statistic reports.

New York

Chinatown Health Clinic 
Project AHEAD is an eight-week long summer program geared towards college students with an interest in pursuing a career in the health care field. It consists of a field placement in area hospitals, seminars and workshops, and participation in the development and completion of a community health project.