UCEDD Summer Internship Program

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The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Summer Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing healthcare-related careers.

Primary Objectives

The primary objectives of the UCEDD Summer Internship Program are to:
  • Students will be given the opportunity to learn about the disabilities field and allied healthcare careers
  • Expand the definition of disabilities and chronic conditions for better understanding.
  • Mentor students and facilitate network building opportunities
  • Expose students to community-based and clinical research

Student Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in high school or college at the undergraduate level
  • At least 16 years of age by June 1
  • Desire to learn about healthcare, research, and disabilities
  • Positive attitude and responsible
  • Commitment of 15-20 (flexible) hours work week for an 8 week program
  • Able to complete a periodic questionnaire about your career path through the remainder of your education
  • Must complete a 3-4 page "End of Experience" research paper and questionnaire

Each year the number selected for the program varies between 6-10 students. Students selected for the UCEDD Summer  Internship Program receive engaging and meaningful experiences; participants will become exposed to many career opportunities.

Opportunities and Exposure

Students will have the opportunity to visit with faculty and tour OHSU facilities, including:

  • OHSU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry;
  • Oregon Graduate School of Engineering,
  • Primate Center
  • Simulation Laboratory.

Off-campus tours include specific health related exhibits at OMSI and with the Paramedics at local Fire Stations.

In some cases, students have been able to use the summer experience for:

  • Practicum experience time
  • Volunteer placement time

Please check with your individual school for specific program requirements. Students completing the program receive UCEDD Summer Youth Program certificates and letters of recommendation for school, college and/or employment upon request.

Please fill out the online application completely by April 1, 2015 to be considered for the 2015 Summer Internship Program

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
UCEDD Summer Internship Program
707 SW Gaines St
Portland, OR 97239-2901
ph: 503 494-8364