Internship, Research, and Volunteer Positions
This directory contains internship, research, and volunteer, opportunities with a variety of organizations, many of which involve direct interaction with healthcare clients and patients. If you need guidance in applying for a position, contact Eugene Rubin, pre-health advisor and career counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional listings, contact the Office of Career and Professional Development. If you are seeking academic credit for a position, you must contact Ryan Atwell, associate director of Career and Professional Development and coordinator of internship programs, at email@example.com before applying.
KidZone TV at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York City is an interactive broadcast studio where live programming is produced and aired three times a day, seven days a week, for pediatric patients and their families. It offers a unique and innovative internship opportunity for students from all major fields of study who have a desire to be creative. Interns host a TV show and learn how to produce live television and operate studio and broadcast equipment.
MarketCast offers a combination of consumer research, data science, and advanced analytics to help marketers discover, measure, and grow a brand or product’s audience. Ever wonder which insurance ads are more remembered by viewers—Progressives’ “Flo and ‘Tom’ Hamm” escapades or Liberty Mutual’s “LiMu Emu and Doug adventures”? How pharmaceutical companies balance delicate health questions while advertising their treatment for life-impacting illnesses? These are some of the challenges MarketCast’s Telecom, Finance, and Healthcare teams look to help clients answer daily.
The LifeSci NYC Internship Program is the City of New York’s innovative, paid internship program to develop the next generation of life sciences leaders. The program provides quality internships for undergraduate and graduate students while offering curriculum and training support with refined “hard” skills in the sciences and “soft” skills in professional and personal development.
The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai conducts cutting-edge research with a primary focus on addressing the challenges of living with traumatic brain injury. Interns will spend the majority of their time in an office setting and can expect to perform the following tasks: data entry; medical record requests and abstractions; data transfer to online databases; preparing and testing databases for screening data on multiple projects; assisting with inpatient and outpatient recruitment across all studies; conducting phone screens, evaluations, and study follow up interviews; filing and other office-related duties as needed.
Interns may also have the opportunity to attend presentations, grand rounds, and brain cuttings of their choosing throughout the medical center.
For over 60 years, the Health Research Training Program has provided the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students to experience some of the real-life challenges of public health. By working on current relevant public health issues under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals, students apply classroom learning to practical problems in a closely matched practicum. In the process, they learn critical skills needed to excel in the field.
Applications for Summer 2023 will open in March 2023.
ABA Therapist Internship
Manhattan Psychology Group provides multidisciplinary, integrated support for individuals and their families who experience psychological, developmental and educational challenges.
An ABA Therapist, also known as a Behavior Technician or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), works under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of New York (NY-LBA). The RBT works one-to-one with the client, implementing individualized treatment protocols written by the LBA, which are designed to support skill acquisition or reduce maladaptive behaviors.
They are looking for someone who is passionate, creative, and fun to work with children on the autism spectrum. The position is in-person and requires a minimum of 10 hours per week, typically between 3 pm and 7 pm, Monday-Friday, and weekend availability. Pay rate is $22 -$31/hour.
Call 646-389-4112 for current internship availabilities and application information.
For over 35 years, the Bowen Center has provided accessible mental health, addiction treatment, and supportive services to the Harlem community and beyond from one convenient location. Their array of programs and services includes a therapeutic preschool for children with behavioral and developmental issues; outpatient mental health services for children and adolescents; programs for adults and seniors dealing with mental health and addiction recovery challenges; a Clubhouse program that provides support for its seriously mentally ill members and training to enable individuals to return to work and constructively participate in the community; a care management team that provides advocacy and services to clients and home-bound individuals; a 20-bed residential addiction recovery facility located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan; and a food pantry program that provides more than 6,700 packages of emergency food relief monthly to individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties.
The Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center has the following internship opportunities available.
- Care Management – Emma L Bowen Community Service Center: Care Management connects clients to a wide array of services including physicians, behavioral health services, legal/rehabilitative support as well as linking clients to community programs that appropriately meet planned goals of promoting health and social stability enabling a more stable lifestyle for our clients.
- Rainbow Clubhouse – Emma L Bowen Community Service Center: Rainbow Clubhouse is a restorative, safe and welcoming environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted and need the support of others who believe that recovery from serious mental health conditions is possible for everyone. Our Addiction Treatment Services Program treats clients from diverse populations with substance use and mental health disorders ranging from teenagers to the elderly
- Adult Outpatient Department (AOPD) – Emma L Bowen Community Service Center: Our Clinic provides essential mental health services to a diverse population of adults in a caring, warm, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, LGBTQIA+ affirming environment.
- Child / Adolescent Program (CHAD) – Emma L Bowen Community Service Center: The Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center Child and Adolescent Clinic provides essential mental health services to a diverse population of children, adolescents, and families. We treat individuals from the ages of 5 years old through 21 years of age. We assist with multiple ranges of conditions such as disruptive behavior, ADHD, mood, and psychotic disorders. We offer individual and family therapy, medication management, and comprehensive evaluations.
If you are interested in applying or getting more information, please contact Lilibeth Marchena, senior support specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lawrence Fowler, deputy executive director, at email@example.com. Note: Spanish language skills are a plus.
Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. Their mission is to provide exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals. They provide services, research, and education and advocate to help people with low vision and blindness. There are currently two internship opportunities available at GuildCare, 250 W 64 th St., in Manhattan:
Program Assistant: Support all aspects of the general operations of The Adult Day Health Care Program. Under the direction of the program director or designee the intern will:
- Greet clients and direct them to daily activities; serve as a human guide/escort within the building and on field trips when necessary; assist with daily recreational programs as needed; help maintain an orderly and welcoming place for clients; assist with food preparation and service (breakfast, lunch); provide administrative support as needed.
- Candidates must be available Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am-3:00 pm.
Arts and Crafts Instructor: Lead seniors in a group environment through therapeutic, artistic activities that stimulate creativity, improve hands/eye coordination, benefit people with multiple medical and mental health issues and build pride and self-esteem Under the direction of the program director or designee, the Arts and Crafts Instructor will:
- Supervise and lead arts and crafts activities; work with staff to procure arts and crafts materials; maintain a safe work environment for clients participating in art workshops; take attendance; prepare a variety of completed samples of each craft to display for arts and crafts workshops; set up before the group workshop and clean up after the workshop.
- Candidates must be available Monday-Saturday from 10:00am-2:30pm, at least, but not limited to one hour per week, plus any time required for planning and preparation.
To express your interest in this opportunity, submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the days and hours you are available to serve. Direct all questions to The Stephen T. Pearlman Volunteer Center (646) 874-8688.
NIH-NIDDK/KUH Yale Summer Research Fellowship for Undergraduate Students
Now through March 1, 2023, Yale University School of Medicine invites submission of applications from undergraduate students who are interested in working in a state-of-the-art research environment under the supervision of established investigators studying novel mechanisms and treatments for kidney and urological diseases, non-malignant hematological diseases, and hypertension.
NYU’s Family Translational Research Group is directed by two clinical psychologists — Dr. Richard E. Heyman and Dr. Amy M. Smith Slep — and has received over 35 federal grants to conduct research on understanding and preventing family dysfunction and violence. If you are excited by the possibility of doing innovative research on couples, families, and family violence in a team environment, please complete the survey application below and upload a copy of your resume/curriculum vitae (instructions included). The Summer externship begins on May 22, 2023. Contact email@example.com if you have any further questions.
SAEP is a six-week summer program that simulates the first-year of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy professional school instruction. Participants take academically intensive instruction in each of their chosen tracks in addition to non-credit core-coursework in virtual anatomy (head and neck), pharmacology and physiology. SAEP participants attend learning skills and test-taking workshops, mock interviews, professionalism seminars, current health care topics, coaching and community service activities in an interprofessional framework. At the conclusion of the program, participants receive an assessment of their readiness to attend professional school.
The program invites underserved undergraduate students interested in biomedical sciences to participate in leading-edge cancer research and career exploration at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Participants receive a taxable stipend of $5,000.
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships generally cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students arriving at the NIH in June.
Yale Summer Undergraduate Medical Research (SUMR) is designed to prepare undergraduate students who are interested in developing careers as scientific investigators in biomedical research. As there are many patients worldwide afflicted with kidney, urological, and hematological diseases, further knowledge is needed to understand the mechanisms underlying the disease processes and to develop new treatments. The program will provide students with an exciting “hands-on” opportunity to conduct fundamental research in clinical and basic science laboratories directly investigating human disease processes.
The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai (BIRC-MS) conducts cutting-edge research with a primary focus on addressing the challenges of living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Interns will spend the majority of their time in an office setting and can expect to perform the following tasks: data entry; medical record requests and abstractions; data transfer to online databases; preparing and testing databases for screening data on multiple projects; assisting with inpatient and outpatient recruitment across all studies; conducting phone screens, evaluations, and study follow up interviews; filing and other office-related duties as needed.
Interns may also have the opportunity to attend presentations, grand rounds, and brain cuttings of their choosing throughout the medical center.
Training the next generation of clinicians and scientists is at the foundation of the Lurie Cancer Center’s mission. Our summer research programs give students the opportunity to learn and become active participants in cancer research. The hope is that these new experiences will inspire students to consider health- and science-related careers.
A not-for-profit organization committed to helping people heal from violent crime, CVTC provides a wide range of therapeutic services free of charge to anyone impacted by violence. They are dedicated to advocacy on behalf of survivors, collaboration with partners across a multitude of disciplines, and training for those who work with survivors and committed to changing cultural norms around violence and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization.
The Samaritans of New York operates the only community-based organization in the NYC-Metropolitan area solely devoted to preventing suicide and helping people in crisis. It is often the first place those who are depressed turn to for help since it is the only hotline in NYC that practices absolute confidentiality. Hotline volunteers go through intensive training and learn the keys to effective crisis responses, “active listening” tools, and the skills and behaviors at the heart of helping someone in their time of need.
Support hospice patients and their families through direct patient interaction. The position involves companionship, engaging in life review, reading, and other activities. Onboarding and training take approximately five to six weeks; a one-year commitment to the position is required.
For more information and to apply, contact Stephen Benkowski, Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-518-3811.
The Department of Emergency Medicine’s Care and Respect for Elders with Emergencies (CARE) volunteer program is dedicated to enhancing care for older patients visiting the Emergency Department. Volunteers strengthen the quality of patient care by providing bedside comfort and support and helping to prevent complications, such as the onset of delirium. Volunteer interventions range from playing games, engaging in conversations, and offering reading glasses, hearing amplifiers, and stress balls. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who enjoys interacting with geriatric patients.
There are a variety of volunteer locations and roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities, and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or choose an assignment behind-the-scenes in clerical positions throughout the hospital. New York-Presbyterian Hospital asks volunteers to commit to at least one consecutive four-hour period per week and a minimum of 150 hours.
For more than 125 years, VNS Health has led the way as an innovator in home and community health care. Its volunteers help with any number of activities, from visiting hospice patients to working in VNS Health offices to knitting scarves, blankets, and sweaters for patients.
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. It has been ranked No. 1 in orthopedics for 12 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report (2021-2022). HSS has also been among the top-ranked hospitals for both orthopedics and rheumatology for 30 consecutive years. Volunteers are required to donate at least 150 hours over a six-month period with a minimum of five hours per week. For the summer months, at least 100 hours are required within a 10-week period, with a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House was founded in 1894 as a free kindergarten for immigrants and is among the oldest settlement houses in the nation. At its core, the work has not changed since its founding—they still educate children, feed hungry neighbors, care for the elderly, advocate for vulnerable individuals and provide critical, comprehensive services to immigrants and low-income New Yorkers. It offers an extensive array of meaningful and rewarding volunteer positions.
ContraCOVID’s mission is to provide marginalized individuals with the information and essential resources needed to thrive at home and at work. They are looking for passionate leaders and volunteers to join their team with volunteer opportunities in Outreach, Translation, Social Service Navigation, Marketing, Finance, and Social Media.
For 26 years, The New York Center for Children has provided bilingual, trauma-focused, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families, free of charge, for as long as their healing requires. In addition, they provide tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. The center’s services are offered in a child-friendly and welcoming environment.
Hear Your Song is a national non-profit organization that empowers children and teens with serious illnesses and complex health needs to make their voices heard through collaborative songwriting. Hear Your Song volunteers work with kids (virtually and/or in person) to help them write their own songs about anything they want through a kid-driven, trauma-informed process.