Summer Internship Program

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Held every summer, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for high school or early college students to gain experience in the disability field, develop transferable skills, and learn about various career paths in health care. Interns will receive training on disability rights, advocacy and career options.  Interns will participate in virtual group tours and OHSU labs, clinics, and facilities.  

The 2021 Summer Internship Program will be held online. Interns will participate approximately 24 hours per week in a project at one of the Institute on Development and Disability centers, gaining knowledge in research, clinical care, information dissemination, or community programs. Interns will also have an opportunity to network with other interns, as well as OHSU staff and faculty. At the end of the internship, participants will present about their summer experience to their cohort.  

This internship is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, with an emphasis on disability.   

The following students are strongly encouraged to apply:  

  • Students who have a disability  
  • Students with siblings or family members with a disability  
  • Students from historically underrepresented groups in the health and science professions  
  • Students from diverse social and economic backgrounds  

2021 virtual program

The application for the 2021 Summer Internship Program is now closed. Please check back in December for 2022.

For potential applicants

Internship Details:  

  • Internship Application acceptance period: December 1, 2020 to February 1, 2021   
  • Internship will be held online (interns will telework) 
  • Internship dates: June 21, 2020 to August 13, 2021 
  • Intern hours: 24 hours per week during regular business day hours  
  • Internship stipend: Yes 
  • Work experience disciplines: Our internship work experience placements change on an annual basis. Previous years' disciplines have included public health education, sexual health education, assistive technology, policy and advocacy, physical therapy, psychology, diversity and inclusion, and social work.  
  • Internship placement descriptions - This document provides examples of placements that may be offered in 2021.  

Internship Requirements:  

To qualify, applicants must -  

  • be 16 years of age or older on or before the first day of the internship  
  • be able to participate on summer break from high school or undergraduate college or university, ideally undergraduates will be in their first two years of college and are still exploring career options
  • be available for the entire 8 weeks of the internship and participate 24 hours per week during regular (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) business hours 
  • complete and submit on-boarding paperwork at least 8 weeks prior to the start date of the internship  
  • complete 3-5 hours of online training prior to the start of the internship