Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP)


The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) is a six-week opportunity for underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged high school and college students. This program exposes students to a variety of careers in the health field as well as various health issues affecting their communities.

The Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) runs from Tuesday, July 5th through Thursday, August 11th, 2016. For six weeks, selected participants are committed to work at their designated clinic or hospital for three days (3) a week from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition, there will be a mandatory workshop once a week. 

The workshops will encompass a full day (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) and will include: health related lectures, job readiness skills, field trips, and other health related activities. Selected participants are also required to take part of a team collaborated health themed project. At the end of the program, the participants will be required to attend a mandatory closing ceremony, and present his/her final project. 

Please Note: Student participants are off on Fridays

The program provides:

  • Exposure to health care professionals as workshop presenters
  • Exposure to health issues affecting the Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island catchment areas
  • Regular interaction with health care professionals
  • Newfound connections, job readiness skills, and insight into health care 
  • Mentorship opportunity
  • Volunteer hours (144 hours upon completion)


Criteria for Participation:

  • Students must be 16-20 years of age by the start of the program. 
    - RisingJunior/Senior in High School or Freshman/ Sophomore in college.
  • Permanent residence AND/OR attend school in Brooklyn, Queens, or Long Island
  • United States Citizen or Permanent Resident Status
  • Sincere interest in the health field
  • Must complete the entire Six-Week Program/ Requirements
    - Three (3) days a week Internship at a Local Hospital or Clinic
    - One (1) day a week dedicated to Didactic Workshops
    - Final Group Project Presentation  

Application Process:

  • New username
  • Complete online Application
  • Upload a 600 word essay (PDF doc.)
  • Upload a resume (Microsoft Word doc.)
  • Mail two (2) sealed letters of recommendation with signature across the flap in one package postmarked on or before Friday, March 18, 2016 to the BQLI-AHEC's office. 

    Attn: Summer Health Internship Program 
    408 Jay Street, Suite 504
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    - One or both letter(s) from a school representative 
    - One from a community member/ employer

    *** References cannot come from family members


- Application Deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:30 PM (EST).

- Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Students will be notified of their status by Friday, April 8, 2016 via e-mail entered in part 1 of the application. 

Completion of an application for the internship program does not guarantee 
the applicant an interview.

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