When I first entered college I knew immediately that I wanted to work in the health field. Most of my life I looked up to the health professionals that I was exposed to growing up—nurses and doctors. But I didn’t feel that a clinical setting was right for me and I quickly became discouraged. I felt that my dream of working in the health field was not possible, and suddenly I wasn't sure how to move forward with my education and career planning. I had no clue what other career options existed for someone like me.
Until I gained my first summer internship.
There are so many career options and paths available to you—public health, policy, administration, clinical care, health IT, social work, health education, planning, and much much more. Growing up I had no direct exposure to much of these fields on a day-to-day basis.
Internships can be the solution. Internships can provide this exposure and help you make informed decisions about YOUR career.
So why should you apply for an internship?
As you see, most people could benefit and advance their career goals by participating in an internship.
For me, I learned that I could still pursue a career that was aligned with my passions and skill set, even if I didn't want to be a clinician. I found direction, and more importantly the tools to start creating my own path.
An internship can provide:
If you have time in your schedule during the summer months, there are many programs that provide summer internships in a variety of settings.
The time to apply is now.
Health Career Connection provided me with my first summer internship during college at the Santa Cruz County Public Health Department. This was my first exposure to the field of public health, and launched the career that I am living now.
HCC places talented, diverse undergraduate students in PAID summer internships that provide them with invaluable exposure, experience, and mentoring to pursue health careers. The Program includes:
HCC recruits nationally and within regions for interns. HCC’s key focus is finding the best fit between intern passions, goals and capabilities and organizations needs and learning opportunities.
If you are interested in learning more about Health Career Connection you can visit http://www.healthcareers.org/ or apply today. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2017 11:59 PST. You still have time!
Explore all of your options
There are internship programs and opportunities across the country that offer invaluable experience and skills in a variety of fields and settings.
To start exploring your options visit our NEW Internships page at http://myhealthcareernavigator.com/page/internships
Here you can learn more about: