CSHIP-College Student Health Internship Program 2023!

  • Applications are now being accepted
  • 50-100 hour paid internships
  • Remote or in-person with Vermont organizations. 

Summer 2023!

  • Advanced MedQuest, Rutland, VT June 26-30
  • MedQuest, Springfield, VT. July 24-26 (Program is full)
  • MedQuest, Rutland, VT. August 2-4 (Program is full)

Connecting to Better Health

Students to Careers & Professionals to Communities

High School & Middle School

Are you curious about the health care field? Do you have a desire to work at improving the lives of others? We have youth programs that are engaging, fun, and hands-on. You get to shadow health professionals and build your skills. Students in Grades 10-12 can experience all this in our summer signature program, MedQuest.

Undergraduate Students

Will you be earning a degree in Health Sciences? Internships can open doors to many career possibilities. Undergraduate students in our College Student Healthcare Internship Program (CSHIP) gain valuable work experience in community-based internships in our region. We offer paid internships that can be in-person, remote, or hybrid depending on the project.

Health Professions Students

Working and living in rural communities where your clinical expertise is greatly needed, offers a deeper connection to the people and their culture. We have numerous community projects that provide rewarding and meaningful experiences that can positively impact underserved populations. Graduate and Medical Students can take advantage of our homestay program to support their housing needs while on clinical rotation in Southern Vermont.

Health Professionals

Looking to train the next generation of health professionals? Southern Vermont AHEC is committed to connecting practitioners with continuing medical education, collaborating with community partners in the recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals, and participating in the education loan repayment program administered by the UVM Office of Primary Care & AHEC Program. Health professionals can sharpen their skills and increase their organization’s capacity by serving as preceptors and site supervisors for our student programs.

What is AHEC?

Area Health Education Center. Since 1999, the Vermont AHEC Network has engaged academic and community partners to improve the distribution, diversity, supply, and quality of the health workforce in Vermont, especially in our rural and underserved communities. Southern Vermont AHEC is one of two independent nonprofit regional AHEC centers in Vermont.

Southern Vermont AHEC (SVTAHEC) is one of two independent not-for-profit regional AHEC Centers in Vermont funded by federal, state, and community support. A robust health workforce creates jobs, serves communities, and spurs economic activity.

Primary Goals of the Vermont AHEC Network:


  • Strengthen Vermont’s health workforce development infrastructure through academic and community partnerships.
  • Helping to train and develop a diverse healthcare workforce prepared to deliver culturally appropriate, high-quality team-based care with an emphasis on primary care for rural and underserved populations in Vermont.


CSHIP 2022

CSHIP 2022

Southern Vermont AHEC’s College Student Internship Program (C-SHIP) is in full swing. This summer we have matched a number of students interested in health careers with paid internships with organizations focused on rural and public health. We’d like to highlight Sarah Abbott, a Bates College graduate, who is currently doing her CSHIP program with RCFC – Rutland County Free Clinic.

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MedQuest 2022 is Up and Running!

MedQuest 2022 is Up and Running!

MedQuest 2.0 has begun at Rutland Regional Medical Center Students and The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont Mentors were welcomed by President and CEO Claudio Fort. We are off and running.

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Berta Enright is our new Community Health Worker (CHW) Coordinator for southern Vermont

Berta Enright is our new Community Health Worker (CHW) Coordinator for southern Vermont

Our Southern Vermont AHEC team continues to expand. We want to extend a hearty welcome to our newest member, Roberta (Berta) Enright, BA, MA, MS, as our Community Health Worker (CHW) Coordinator for southern Vermont. Berta will be working directly with SVTAHEC CHW Project Director Katina Cummings in supporting the building of a community health worker workforce to improve people’s health and provide equitable care across Vermont.

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What Students Say


“Southern Vermont AHEC was integral in my exploration of medicine and has continued to provide insight into my future career as a physician. I am grateful for these opportunities and recommend AHEC programs for any student interested in the healthcare field.”


368 River Street, Suite 145
Springfield, VT 05156

p. 802-885-2126
f. 802-885-2128
e. info@svtahec.org

Open Monday - Friday, 8AM - 4PM.

Media Contacts & Inquiries

Media members may contact Marketing & Communications Manager, Peg Bolgioni during normal business hours.

p. 802.885.2126 x103
e. pbolgioni@svtahec.org

A 501(c)(3) organization serving Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham, and Windsor counties in partnership with The University of Vermont Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine