College Student Healthcare Internship Program

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What is CSHIP?

CSHIP is a structured part time non-clinical experiential learning program designed for Vermont students enrolled in a post-secondary degree or certificate program with interest in pursuing a career in a health related field.


Read about the CSHIP program in a Health Talk column written by Susan White, Director of Health Careers & Practitioner Support, published in the Rutland Herald. Click Here

Internships are paid, 100 hours, most are remote, project based, and are completed June, July, and August. These are non-clinical internships. 

Placements are made with organizations and agencies with which we have partnerships, including hospitals, clinics, emergency medical providers, eldercare settings, public health agencies, primary prevention coalitions, mental health and substance misuse providers, and other healthcare related fields.

Projects take place throughout the state in our rural communities.

SVTAHEC has recruited and placed over 100 students in healthcare-related internships since 2013.

  • Alumni have either gone on to health science-related graduate or medical school, or have been hired by healthcare providers.
  • C-SHIP engages students with organizations or agencies that look to improve rural healthcare, drawing on resources and professionals throughout the community.

For more  information on the application process and program details contact Susan White, Director of Health of Health Careers Preparation & Practitioner Support  at swhite@svtahec.org or call 802-885-2126, ext. 105

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Application Process

Students must currently be enrolled in either a degree program at an institution of higher education or engaged in a certification program which leads to a health-related profession.

While students must be intent on exploring a career in medical, mental/behavioral, oral, or public health, we welcome them in all fields of study.

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To apply for an internship in  Vermont, complete an online application. APPLY HERE

The suggested deadline for submitting an application for a summer internship is March 29, 2024.

Questions should be addressed to Susan White, SVTAHEC Education Resource Coordinator, at swhite@svtahec.org  or call 802.885.2126, ex 105.


CSHIP Yearly Timeline

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Oct – Nov – Start thinking about next Summer Internship Options

Dec – Feb – Student Application information available online.

Mar – Apr – Interviews in person, by attending college career fairs, and by phone. Deadline – Late March

April – Selections made as student information is provided to organizations.

May – Placements confirmed.

June– Orientation and Internships start.

July-August: Internships underway.

August: Internships completed.

CSHIP Core Curriculum

While student interns work for an organization on a project integral to their own field of study, they also learn career-readiness skills and foundational knowledge about rural health care.

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Career Readiness Training  

  • Students select two Career Readiness Competencies to develop and practice as part of their internship experience. Career Readiness skills include:
    • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
    • Professionalism/Work Ethic
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Oral and Written Communications
    • Leadership
    • Working with Digital Technology
    • Career Management
    • Global/Intercultural Fluency

NACE Career Readiness Infographic: Click here

For information on the Association of American Medical Schools (AAMC) 15 Core Competencies for medical school applicants Click here

Delivering Rural Health Care in Vermont

  • Students learn about the six Area Health Education Center (AHEC) topic areas related to emerging concepts and systems which define the delivery of rural health care in Vermont. They demonstrate their mastery of at least 2-3 as they relate to their internship experience.  Topic areas include:
    • Behavioral Health Integration
    • Team-based Approach to Health Care
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Delivering Care with Cultural Sensitivity
    • Practice Transformation through Quality Improvement Measures
    • Current and Emerging Health Issues

For more information of the AHEC Core Topic areas Click here

Career Readiness Resources for Students

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College Career Offices

Southern Vermont AHEC works with college and university career offices in marketing its C-SHIP program. We urge undergraduates to avail themselves of the excellent career resources they have at their own institution.



Interns receive training and orientation from the organization with which they are matched. Interns must take part in an AHEC orientation event in June. The orientation introduces the interns to the core curriculum, answers any questions that they might have about the program, and provides an opportunity to meet fellow interns.

FAQ for Students

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Where are these internships?

Sites are located in rural communites throughout Vermont.

How do I apply? 

Online application is available Click Here  For more question email  swhite@svtahec.org

Do I get paid?

Yes. Interns receive $15/hour or $1500 for 100 completed hours.

How long is an internship? 

Internships are a combination of 20 hours online learning and 80 hours project field work.

Can I work alongside a doctor in a hospital?

Not likely.  These are non-clinical internships, and most are with a nonprofit, public health or social service agencies involved in health care in some way.  Rarely can we place a student in a hospital setting.  If you have a certification such as an  EMT or LNA, please indicate that, as it may allow for more patient contact.

What is meant by a “project”? 

Interns have helped with social media, promotional materials, patient satisfaction surveys, researched and prepared community health information, gathered and analyzed health-related data, assisted elderly, hospice, or oncology patients, worked with at-risk youth, and various other projects that assist with community health, prevention organization, or healthcare facility.

Do you provide housing, and would I need a car?

Many projects can be completed remotely. If the internship is on-site, we do not provide housing and you are responsible for getting to and from your placement. Some projects might also require in-state travel.

What kinds of organizations or placements am I likely to get?  

Interns have worked with a variety of nonprofit health, wellness, and community organizations around the state.

We are always looking for new possibilities in oral, medical, public and behavioral health.

Other Questions?  Contact Susan P White swhite@svtahec.org  or call 802-885-2126, ext. 105

Program Requirements for Preceptors

Defining the internship Experience: Southern Vermont AHEC works with the preceptor organization to help set goals and write a plan for the internship experience that will benefit the organization’s work.

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Job Description: the intern’s duties, responsibilities and project deliverables are agreed to by the preceptor, Southern Vermont AHEC, and the intern.

Supervising: the intern must have a designated site/project supervisor who has the time, interest, and skill to devote to the them.

Training: the intern participates in a program-wide orientation; the preceptor is expected to follow its own protocol when on-boarding the intern.

Mentoring: organizations are expected to help support the intern as she/he works on developing select career readiness competencies and learning about core rural healthcare topic areas.

Administrative: the site/project supervisor must complete an intern and a program evaluation.


Thank to our community partners for helping to make our CSHIP program such a success.


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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.

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