Summer Internship Program

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Held every summer, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for a diverse group of Oregon 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 receive training on disability justice, advocacy and career options.  Interns participate in virtual group tours and OHSU labs, clinics, and facilities.  

The Summer Internship Program has options for online or in-person placements. Interns 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 also have an opportunity to network with other interns, as well as OHSU staff and faculty. At the end of the internship, participants 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 application for the 2022 Summer Internship Program is currently closed. Please check this webpage in late November for details about the summer 2023 internship.

For potential applicants

Internship Details:  

  • Internship application acceptance period: late November to late January    
  • Internship dates: mid-June to mid-August
  • Intern hours: 24 hours per week during regular business day hours  
  • Internship stipend: Each intern will receive a $1,800 stipend that will be disbursed over the 8 week, 24-hour per week internship.
  • Housing provided: No 
  • 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 from 2022 that may be offered in the future.  

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  
  • Please note: In compliance with Oregon law, OHSU’s COVID-19 Immunization and Education policy went into effect Oct. 18, 2021. Visitors and volunteers who have an in-person experience at OHSU must be fully vaccinated (14 days after last dose). Exception requests from visitors and volunteers will not be accepted. Please be prepared to provide proof of vaccination, or to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, as a requirement for onboarding for your in-person experience at OHSU. You will not be allowed to participate within OHSU if you are not compliant with this policy.

The following students are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Students who have a disability  
  • Students with siblings or family members with a disability  
  • Students who self-identify as a member of the LGBTQI+ community 
  • Students from historically underrepresented groups in the health and science professions 
    • Underrepresented students belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions including: African-American/Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Hispanics/Latinos 
  • Students who come from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds 
    • Economically disadvantaged students are defined as individuals who come from a low-income family, using low-income levels specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a guideline.
    • Socially disadvantaged students come from an environment that may make it more difficult to obtain knowledge, skills or abilities required to enroll and successfully complete undergraduate or graduate course of study that could lead to a career in the health sciences. This category includes students whose parents did not attend or complete college. 
  • Students who live in Oregon