National Center for Rural Health Professions offers summer healthcare internships

Applications are now available for healthcare internships and immersion experiences through the National Center for Rural Health Professions. The NCRHP offers three exciting summer opportunities for health professions students to gain applicable networking and leadership experience.

The programs cater to many student needs, varying in location, benefits, and duration. Below is a short description of each program.

Please help connect your students with these professional opportunities! More information will be provided after the winter break.

1. 6-Week Rural Inter-Professional Preceptorship Program

A paid, full-time, rural immersion internship that promotes inter-professional collaboration and organized community participation. Participants shadow healthcare providers across multiple disciplines and work together for a Community Service Learning (CSL) project, which is the culminating experience of the program.

The preceptorship will be available in three rural Illinois communities in 2021.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Sunday, March 14, 2021

2. Rural Health Experience

The RHE program offers one-week and two-week rural immersion experiences in which students shadow healthcare providers across multiple disciplines within a community. Participants will better understand how healthcare is delivered at multiple levels within a rural community.

Locations for the RHE are available across the state and dates are dependent upon the schedules of the sites and students.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Sunday, March 28, 2021

3. Camp Counselor

Camp counselors will assist in the day-to-day operations of the Rural Health Careers Camp: a four-day, overnight program for high school students interested in healthcare. Camp counselors serve as mentors to campers, providing insight on their experiences pursuing a health-related degree.

The NCRHP is also seeking two camp counselor leaders, who will assume additional responsibilities prior to and during the program. Both camp counselors and camp counselor leaders must stay in the dorms during the camp and will be paid for their time and services to the program.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Students must have completed their sophomore year by the start of the program in order to apply. Preference goes to students with rural Illinois backgrounds and interests in rural healthcare. Questions can be forwarded to Vicky Rhine at

Note: These programs may be subject to change to ensure the safety of participants and those providing the educational experience. Notifications of change to the structure of the program will be announced to students/participants as these decisions are made. Student expectations remain unchanged unless otherwise specified.

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