General Information

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Clinic Intern Program

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Applicants will be contacted by beginning of the fall semester regarding their application status.

The University Health Services Clinic Volunteer Program provides students with the opportunity to interact professionally with patients in the Clinical Services department.

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Clinic Intern Program FAQ


The Penn State University Health Services Clinic Intern Program is designed to provide undergraduate students with an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, with an opportunity to interact professionally with patients and medical staff in the Clinical Services department.

As an intern, students assist with patient intake for visits with clinical staff and get a first-hand understanding of the dynamics of the health care system. Volunteering enhances communication skills with patients and members of the health care team and volunteers earn 4-6 credits over two semesters for participating in the Clinic Intern Program. Program interns earn about 100 patient contact hours over the two semesters and may return to volunteer after the program ends if they choose.

How to become a Clinic Intern:

Applications to become an intern are accepted between January and March each year. Selected students begin a training course the following spring semester.

Class size is very limited, with only 12-20 students accepted into the class each year. There are many things taken into consideration when we select students for the clinic intern program. As with many programs, competition is great for a limited number of seats and there are typically many more qualified applicants than the program is able to accommodate.

Students are evaluated based on their application, GPA, class standing and potentially their presentation at an interview. Writing and grammar of the application as well as content in the application questions, professional attitude and appearance, interest in the program and ability to fit the program’s required hours into the student’s schedule are just a part of the considerations taken into account when students are selected. There are even times when students are over-qualified (i.e. have certifications such as EMT-B with skills above what are taught to complete volunteer duties) for the program or when other students may be able to benefit more from the experience.

If I become a Clinic Intern, what can I expect?

Beginning in the spring semester, all participants in the Clinic Intern Program are trained to conduct an initial intake screening of patients in a 2-3 credit Bio-Behavioral Health course. This class is typically held on Thursdays from 9-11 AM (subject to change). This training includes assessing vital signs, determining the reason for the visit, providing health education on various topics, and performing simple procedures such as visual acuity. Other topics include common health concerns, proper documentation and patient confidentiality. Class also includes exams, quizzes and other training opportunities.

The Clinic Intern Program is a two semester commitment (beginning in the spring semester and continuing the following fall semester). The classroom portion of the program takes place mostly during the spring semester and volunteers must commit to working in the clinic for one four-hour block of time each week for two semesters.

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