Tips from the National Academy of Physicians: Create Your Own Internship

National Academy of PhysiciansHigh-achieving high school students who are interested in science need exposure to science-based fields so they will be interested in entering medical careers in the future. The National Academy of Physicians is one association that can help these students gain that experience. Completing a mini-med school program or completing an internship with a physician or at a clinic are two ways that high school students can learn about the possibilities of a medical career.

How do you find these opportunities? It’s easy – if you take some initiative, you might even have to create your own program.

Check with Your School

Talk to your high school guidance counselors about internship opportunities. Many organizations send out information to high schools about summer programs and other types of science positions; the high school counselors then pass on the information to students that they know are interested in the subject matter or to students that they think might be interested if they took a look.

These programs can be summer programs, week-long residency opportunities, or even internships in laboratories. The options are vast, but the counselor has to know you are interested.

Search for Internships

You can also search online – just Google “internships.” Websites like internships.com or internmatch.com may have different listings of what may be available. Many colleges, medical schools, and technology companies have internship opportunities that you can find online.

On the other hand, you can also call (or visit) local science and medical organizations to get information about your options. You can look on the website of the organization to find the number for the employment or internship office and give them a call. Be polite and clear about what you are looking for; most people want to help and will direct you to the right place.

You Don’t Get In – Now What?

To get into a summer internship for high school students, you typically will have to complete an application and possibly an interview. There is competition for these spots so it is possible that you may not get admitted. While being overlooked may be disappointing, it does not mean that you cannot still get useful experience. You can create your own opportunity. Ask your own physician about shadowing opportunities; even if he or she is not available, your doctor often knows other doctors who might be. You can also ask a manager or the employment office at a company that you might be interested in observing about creating a position for you. Since this internship would be unpaid, these companies may be interested in bringing you in.

Getting an opportunity to observe in a clinic or in an office while in high school would likely convince a number of students that medicine or other scientific fields would be good career options. To learn more about getting a medical internship, visit us at www.FutureDocs.com or check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/futuredocs.

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