AYA Internship Opportunities

The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program seeks committed, energetic and motivated third or fourth year undergraduate students for intern positions.

Prospective interns should be interested in community outreach and heath promotion, and be self-directed, thorough and possess outstanding communication skills. Interns will work under the supervision of the program coordinator and will have direct contact with patients and families.

Interns will have a meaningful opportunity to participate in a project that will enhance their professional development while exposing them to an issue of critical importance in the field of oncology. Through this exposure and on-site training, they will gain a working knowledge of the unique emotional, physical and social needs of patients with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.

Benefits: Although this is an unpaid position, the following benefits are offered:
  • Course credit, as available based on educational institution and major
  • Reduced rate on annual Tri-Met pass
  • OHSU employee/volunteer discounts on various services, products, travel, sporting and cultural event tickets, etc.
Requirements: Interns must be able to:
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families and medical staff
  • Exhibit a strong work ethic and organizational skills
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Learn the history of the AYA movement, statistics and gain an understanding of the unique needs of AYAs with cancer
  • Complete all required steps to become an intern including completing an application, interview, background check, TB test and any necessary immunizations
Commitment:  Interns must be able to commit to 6-10 hours a week (negotiable depending upon academic credit desired and project needs). Ability to attend some weekend and evening community outreach events may be necessary as well.

Internship focus areas currently available

Program ambassador
The program ambassador intern will continue an awareness campaign throughout our clinics and inpatient floors caring for AYA patients. As the only AYA program in the state of Oregon, the awareness campaign seeks to ensure that every patient with cancer diagnosed between the ages of 15-39 know about and have access to the services specific to their needs, such as fertility preservation, peer social networking groups, nutrition, etc. Additional projects may include aiding program coordinator with messaging and promotional materials, as well as expanding the awareness campaign into the community.

Ideal candidates will also have an interest in healthcare communications and outreach.

Special projects coordinator

The role of the special projects coordinator intern is to help the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program with one or more short term projects. Some examples may be help with a special event, where event planning and skills would be necessary, or organizing patient or caregiver activities.

For Winter 2013 through Spring 2013: We are looking for an intern to help us organize a large inpatient and outpatient art project with many moving parts. The intern will be the liaison between several community organizations, the AYA Oncology Program, as well as the patients, their families and the OHSU staff on the inpatient oncology units and the outpatient infusion clinics.

This intern will have the opportunity meet oncology patients of AYA age (15-39), their families and work with them to create works of art for Boards of Hope, an annual benefit at Kiteboarding for Cancer focusing on young adults with cancer. The intern will also work to chronicle the artistic process and help the AYA Program and participating community organizations create a narrative about the transformation of each board into a piece of art.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and work with a variety of people from many different backgrounds and skill sets. He or she should also have a strong interest in art and how art can affect a patient's experience with their diagnosis and treatment. Past work with art, photography, or in an art therapy setting is a plus.