winter medical internships for undergraduates
searching for medical internships
Now that you are preparing to enter the world of health care, it’s time to start looking for your first internship. The process can be a bit overwhelming, but there’s no need to panic—we’ve got you covered from start to finish with this guide.
- ) Know what kind of internship you are looking for. Think about whether or not you have a specific field of interest in mind, or if you are open to exploring different options within the larger realm of health care. You may find that certain rotations appeal to you over others. If your interests aren’t too narrow and specific just yet, don’t worry—you have time! The most important thing is that the internship be challenging and engaging for you so that by the end of the experience, you will have made some professional connections and gained valuable skills toward making yourself an attractive candidate in your chosen field.
- ) Searching for internships can seem like such a daunting task at times! There are several ways to go about it: use an internet search engine (Google), ask around among friends/family/people in your network who work in healthcare (and beyond), check out internship bulletin boards at hospitals and universities near you, look through classified sections of newspapers or magazines in your area; etc. If all else fails, consider putting feelers out on social media—you never know who might know someone who knows someone…
finding the right kind of internship
- Know your priorities
It’s important to know what your goals are before you start looking at different internships. Are you hoping to get a lot of hands-on experience? Do you want to work in a city or rural setting? Do you want to make an impact on developing countries and communities? Answering these questions will make the process move more smoothly!
- Research the options available for your budget
There are a ton of different programs out there, but it’s important to be smart about which ones are right for you. Do your research! Look at all that is offered, and make sure it fits with what you’re looking for in terms of experience, location, etc.
- Think outside the box
If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, talk with other people who have done internships similar to yours—they may be able help point out some programs that might be perfect!
- Research the company and the position. Perhaps more than any other step in the application process, this will take time, but it’s also one of the best ways to stand out from other applicants. Along with reading about similar positions at other hospitals, find out what makes your desired hospital unique.
- Make sure you understand the job description. Read through it carefully and make a list of skills, interests, or past experiences that you think might help you succeed in that job.
- Write a tailored cover letter. If a job posting says “email us,” address your email to someone specific and include their name in the subject line (for example: Medical Internship Application – First Name Last Name). Tailor every version of your cover letter to each position while keeping your general content intact (for example, don’t change references to “interpreting patient medical histories” when applying for a lab internship).
- Write a tailored resume. Your resume should be structured similarly to your cover letter: one page long with standard margins of 1 inch on all sides and not too crowded—you want it to feel open and easy for someone to read quickly without getting overwhelmed by too many details or visual elements like images or graphics (these are better saved for your portfolio). Keep font size consistent throughout; use font styles sparingly such as bolding important words like “medical” vs regular text weighting as an emphasis tool instead.”
preparing to go abroad
The following are some things you should take care of before your international medical internship.
- Check that your visa and passport will still be valid when you get to your destination. Some countries require that your passport be at least six months from expiring before you can enter the country. If you need a new passport, make sure to apply for it well in advance.
- Make sure you have enough money for the duration of your stay, including transportation costs to and from the airport or train station, taxis if needed, and emergency funds in case there is a problem with getting cash out at ATMs or banks during the weekend or holidays.
- Prepare luggage by packing clothes appropriate for the weather conditions of where you are going. It may be necessary to purchase warmer clothes if going on an elective in a cold country such as Canada or Finland during wintertime. Also bring comfortable shoes (especially if you will be walking long distances) and an over-the-shoulder bag or backpack to carry around personal items such as books, phones/ipods etc., water bottles etc., especially during clinical rotations where it’s not always possible to leave them unattended at designated areas like reception desks etcetera inside hospitals/clinics — remember that these institutions are usually open 24 hours per day so they require vigilant security measures; also ensure their suitability according our previous advice above concerning their weight versus capacity ratio!
medical internships are found through hard work.
It is not easy to find a medical internship. The process will require time, persistence, and preparation for possible rejection.
The first step is to research opportunities in your area using the internet. Create an email address that isn’t linked to your personal Facebook accounts or anything else that might be inappropriate for employers (like a bunch of selfies from last night’s party). Then start by sending cover letters and resumes to these prospective employers.
You should expect rejection, but don’t let it discourage you from pursuing your dreams. If you get rejected, pick yourself up and keep going (perhaps with a different employer). If you get accepted, congratulations! You are on the way to success in the medical field!