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Summer Pre-Med Undergraduate Internship & High School Externship

Applications open on January 3, 2023!

About the programs

The IRMC Pre-Med Undergraduate Summer Internship and High School Externship are the perfect opportunity for students to be immersed in the healthcare environment. IRMC's 2023 internship and externship will be held at various locations throughout the IRMC health system. The programs are designed to give students who wish to pursue a career in medicine the opportunity to shadow physicians in various specialties. These programs are specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a physician.

In addition, the interns and externs will be involved in networking events with luncheons with fellow students, along with physician leaders. They will also participate in conferences and rounds, along with different events.

Pre-Med Summer Internship

The IRMC Pre-Med Undergraduate Summer Internship is a valuable experience for pre-med undergraduate students to become immersed in the healthcare environment. The internship will be held at various locations throughout the IRMC health system. Some of the specialties will include Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Oncology, etc. At this time, medical schools require ~ 300 hours of clinical exposure, with at least 100 of them being shadowing, for entrance. Research hours are not considered adequate to fulfill this requirement. In addition, medical schools have realized that volunteer hours often do not correlate with clinical medicine exposure. As a result, they are no longer accepting those hours for this purpose. At the completion of the IRMC Summer Internship, each participant will receive a Certificate documenting the hours (320) and medical rotations for their medical school applications. It is a good opportunity to get an in depth exposure to medicine and determine if this career path is the right one for you. This program is very competitive (8 applicants will be accepted).

Program dates and schedule

Application due date: March 31, 2023
Notification of acceptance or denial: April 14, 2023
Start Date: June 19, 2023
End Date: August 11, 2023

Interns must be able to work Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Hours may varying on some rotations, but will be limited to 40 hours per week. Applicants MUST be able to complete the entire 8 week program without any breaks or vacations.

Qualifications and required documentation

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a four year undergraduate university with the intent to apply to medical school.
  • Candidates must be from Indiana or surrounding counties to be eligible to apply.
  • Please electronically submit resume, copy of most recent transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a one page statement describing why you want to become a physician

Apply now!

High School Externship

"A Glimpse of a Professional Healthcare Career." The IRMC High School Externship program is for juniors going into their senior year of high school or recent high school graduates. This program is specifically for students with intentions of pursuing a career as a physician. During the 2-week program, externs have the opportunity to shadow in the areas of robotic and general surgery, orthopedics, anesthesiology and operating room, family medicine, Emergency Department, pediatrics, and more.

Program dates and schedule

Application due date: March 31, 2023
Notification of acceptance or denial: April 14, 2023
Start Date: June 5, 2023
End Date: June 16, 2023

Externs must be able to work Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Applicants MUST be able to complete the entire program without any breaks or vacations. Transportation is not provided.

Qualifications and required documentation

  • High school junior/senior (priority given to rising seniors)
  • Copy of most recent transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher at your school
  • Brief statement describing why you want to become a physician and why you wish to do this externship (no longer than one page)

Apply now!

Meet the program director

Dan Clark, MD is the director for the summer internship and externship. Dr. Clark is also the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, along with being the Director of the IRMC Comprehensive Breast Center. Dr. Clark participated in a similar program when he was in school and felt it was invaluable. According to Dr. Clark, “It gives the student one on one time with experienced physicians and often results in career long relationships.”

Other opportunities for high school students

In addition to the programs listed above, IRMC offers an abbreviated summer program, "Healthcare Career Explorers" for students interested in other areas of medicine, such as laboratory, nursing, diagnostic imaging, operating room, respiratory, inpatient therapy and more. This program is geared toward students who do not wish to pursue a career as a physician. More information coming soon!

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