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Use this tool to find the opportunities HPA includes in the Events & Opportunities newsletter. Opportunities are organized alphabetically, and you can filter by opportunity type. If you'd like more information about different types of experiences visit the Types of Experiences section of this site. To find resources to find or create experiences, visit the Experience-Finding Resources section of the site.

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AAMC Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

AAMC's ongoing list of undergraduate student research opportunities hosted by universities and medical institutions throughout the United States. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med

APSA Undergraduate Mentorship Program

The APSA Undergraduate Mentorship Program looks to provide future physician-scientists the educational opportunities to thrive in their career. Mentorship and role-modeling have been recognized as pivotal components for student development and success in personal, professional, and academic endeavors. Physician-scientists in training gain invaluable insights into their future careers through mentorship due to increased interactions, diversified community building, and mutual support with physician-scientists of all career levels. Moreover, mentorship provides physician-scientists of all career levels the opportunity to nurture communication, leadership, and management skills.

This year, we will be introducing the following items to strengthen mentor-mentee relationships and overall mentorship:
  • Monthly prompts will be catered specifically to mentee's timeline.
  • We will do our best to connect mentors and mentees based on overlapping research and clinical interests to promote insightful conversations.
  • Group discussion sessions to promote inter-mentor/mentee networking.

For more information, including requirements for mentees and application instructions, visit the APSA Undergratduate Mentorship Program website.  Applications close October 15th. 

Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS)

An annual event held each spring that allows undergraduates from 6 leading Chicago area universities - University of Chicago, Loyola University, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago - to present their research results in a professional setting.

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Start: April 2021

Chicago Street Medicine Board Positions

Chicago Street Medicine is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Founded in 2017, we provide medical care, food, and resources to our unsheltered neighbors. Chicago Street Medicine (CSM) is currently seeking applicants to join our board of directors. 

We are currently looking to fill several board positions. These 2-year volunteer positions will be active- no absentee board members! You do not need to be a healthcare worker, but you do have to be committed to helping your community. 

Applications are available at our website, and should be emailed to ChicagoStreetMedicine@gmail.com.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed after the 15th of each month. The application submission will be followed-up by an interview, and new directors will begin their terms following an onboarding period, no later than January 2022. Please reach out with any questions to ChicagoStreetMedicine@gmail.com

Clinical Research Coordinator at MGH CWMH

The Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hopsital will be hiring a Clinical Research Coordinator in the next few months. This position would be ideal for Winter or Spring 2021 graduates. Our Program is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. The Center provides a range of clinical services to women which include: consultation regarding the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy; treatment for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders; treatment for premenstrual syndrome; and treatment of menopause related mood and anxiety symptoms, sleep disorders, and hot flashes. 

The research coordinators in our Program are each assigned 1-2 active research projects and are responsible for the implementation of those projects under the guidance of the principal investigator(s) and the supervision of the senior research coordinator.

View the position description for a list of responsibilities, qualifications, and application instructions.

Combined Dermatology and Clinical Research Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Fellowship

In conjunction with Beacon Clinical Research and Clinical Research IO, DermCare Experts offers its Combined Dermatology and Clinical Research Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Fellowship, an innovative two-year program designed to help college graduates gain extensive exposure to patient care, clinical research, and start-up health care technology, through an immersive and diverse experience which strengthens their medical school application in this extremely competitive environment.

As certified medical assistants, they will be deeply engaged in outpatient dermatology, one of the most competitive medical specialties to enter. In doing so, they will learn core clinical skills and critical thinking applicable to all areas of medicine, as well as gain an understanding about the fundamentals of patient management and clinical decision-making. By working alongside the physician, fellows witness the importance of continuity of care, as they are often the first point of staff contact the patient has with the clinic, and continue following the patient throughout their treatment. Fellows also enhance their interpersonal skills working with the clinic’s culturally and socioeconomically diverse urban patient base.

Visit the DermCare website for more information and application instructions.

Hands of Hope Internship with Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza is a non-profit in Houston, TX that provides residential care to children up to six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided in the neighborhood by the Hands of Hope interns. Ensuring the safety of the children in placement and meeting their emotional and developmental needs are the primary responsibilities of the Hands of Hope Interns.  Interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join for a year of service (a twelve-month full-time post-graduation internship). Applicants wishing to complete shorter internships are considered on a case by case basis. .Typically, five Hands of Hope House Parents live in an agency foster home with four or five children under the age of six. One of the House Parents will be licensed as the foster parent. Together, the Hands of Hope House Parents share responsibility for providing 24-hour care to the children in the home.There is a monthly stipend of $600, and applications are accepted year-round.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Public Health
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Position Type: Paid Internship

Holistic Care Companion at Renewal Memory Partners

Are you a future healthcare professional with a passion for improving the lives of older adults? Bring your drive and humanity to work and join our growing community of committed Care Partners! At Renewal Memory Partners we provide holistic, person-centered in-home care to individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. We are also committed to providing affirming care to the LGBTQ+ community. Flexible part-time and full-time schedules available. Phone and virtual interviews are happening now. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing companionship to older adults and people with chronic health conditions in their homes (e. g., discussing current events, creating artwork, reviewing photo albums). 
  • Planning activities outside the home and accompanying clients to keep them engaged with the world (e. g., trips to museums, concerts, plays, or the park). 
  • Escorting clients to doctors' appointments. 
  • Running errands for clients (e. g., grocery shopping, sundries). 
  • Reminding clients to take their medications. 
  • Doing light exercise with clients (e. g., helping with stretching routine). 
  • Assisting clients in preparing meals. 
  • Performing light housekeeping, such as dusting, tidying, and laundry. 

View the full position description for application instructions. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Position Type: Job

IPHA AmeriCorps Program

The Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) AmeriCorps program is a State AmeriCorps program that works to strengthen the field of public health through the development of skilled and committed leaders. The IPHA AmeriCorps program serves as a valuable opportunity to mentor individuals into the field of public health and human services. Members who serve in the program receive extensive orientation, mentoring, and guidance in exploring the public health field as a career – and potentially working within Illinois communities.

The IPHA AmeriCorps Program is looking for service-minded individuals to fill 2021-2022 AmeriCorps positions. IPHA AmeriCorps Members meet locally identified needs at health agencies across the state of Illinois through community service in the following focus areas: health promotion and education, volunteer coordination, and emergency preparedness.

Visit the IPHA AmeriCorps website for more information, including application instructions and a list of available positions. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: September 15, 2021

Marquette Pre-Dental Partners

Pre-Dental Partners connects a pre-dental student with a current Marquette dental student who will send monthly e-mails. This allows students to get advice, ask questions, and talk all things dentistry! Along with gaining a student who can be a resource for you, they will tell you about events MUSoD is hosting and send periodic updates to help keep you on track. Students can sign up by filling out our Google survey. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Dental

Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health

Offers two recent college graduates planning on entering medical school the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Applications are accepted annually.

Medical Missionaries Volunteering

A non-profit, non-religiously affiliated organization dedicated to providing health care to under-served communities worldwide regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental
  • Location: Various
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Start: Opportunities available on an ongoing basis
  • Contact: info@medicalmissionaries.org, (703)335-1800

Medical Student Pride Alliance Internship

Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA) is seeking a pre-med intern to help continue work on the LGBTQ+ Equity Report Card. This project aims to assess equity and inclusion of LGBTQ+ students at various medical schools. This role will involve data collection, data analysis, and creating a summary report and requires a minimum commitment of 1 year. The ideal candidate is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and representation in medicine and is comfortable working with remote teams. Please fill out the National Leadership Team Application if interested.

Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal (NURJ)

Northwestern research journal is dedicated to the publication of original undergraduate research in all disciplines, including the sciences and social sciences.

  • Tracks: All
  • Start: Taking submissions on an ongoing basis

Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (NU-MHRT)

The Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (NU-MHRT), directed by Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, provides health disparities research training experiences to minority and other underrepresented students and trainees at the undergraduate through postdoctoral levels in order to prepare and enhance the next generation of scientists committed to research for improving minority health and reducing health disparities.

Trainees can focus their research and skill development in any aspect of interest that advances health equity, including but not limited to basic, translational, clinical, and population science. Research theme areas can include women’s health, cancer, health care quality and patient-centered outcomes (PCOR), chronic diseases, global health, mental health, etc.

This full-time training program is available for the following trainee levels:

  • Undergraduate (Juniors and seniors working towards a bachelor's degree)
  • Post-baccalaureate (individuals with a bachelor’s degree; can include people with or working toward a master's degree)
  • Predoctoral Scholars
  • Postdoctoral Scholars
Visit the NU-MHRT website to learn more about program eligibility, duration, anticipated deliverables, monthly stipends, exclusions, and application requirements for each of these trainee levels. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Public Health, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Start: Applications are accepted annually.
  • Contact: Samantha Alonis: samantha.alonis@northwestern.edu 

Old Irving Community Clinic Volunteer Opportunity

Old Irving Park Community Clinic is a free clinic for the uninsured in Chicago. We are in need of pre-med volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Duties vary from rooming patients, taking vitals, learning to take medical histories, and scribing. Students do not need prior experience, and we are very happy to train students who would like to learn. Please reach out to Katherine Sprengel at info@oipcc.org for additional details and to apply.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Location: Chicago
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Contact: Katherine Sprengel, info@oipcc.org

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Program

The IRTA program provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at the NIH. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Various U.S. cities
  • Start: No fixed start date

Research and Teaching Assistant Opportunities at Kellogg School of Management

Current Northwestern University Graduate and Undergraduate Students are invited to apply for paid research and teaching assistant positions at Kellogg School of Management. RA & TA work varies greatly depending on the faculty member and research project and/or class, ranging from data entry and library searches to data management and statistical estimations, or from helping grade assignments to proctoring exams. Projects may be short term or long term and some projects may require special skills, while others may be suitable for those without prior experience. 
  
To facilitate matching between prospective RAs, TAs, and faculty members, we have created an online RA & TA Application Form intended to assess the skills most sought after by Kellogg faculty members. Please keep in mind that faculty seek RA & TA support with varying volume and frequency throughout the year. By submitting a Kellogg RA & TA Application form, you are added to a directory of students interested and available to serve as Kellogg Research and Teaching Assistants when the need arises. Kellogg's RA & TA Matching team will reach out to you if a project for which you are a suitable candidate becomes available.   

Interested students should complete the Kellogg RA & TA Application Form above.  Upon receipt of your application, our team will follow up with you to further assess your skills and experience and request additional information, as needed.   

Research Assistants in NU PAD Lab

The Personality Across Development Lab is looking for research assistants for the 2021 fall quarter. Dr. Tackett is researching personality development in various demographics as it pertains to externalizing disorders, self-regulation, personality disorders, leadership, entrepreneurship, and more. This opportunity would be great for those considering clinical work, medical school, graduate school, or Ph.D. research programs in the future. Please take a look at the flyer for more information on requirements and other lab details. If you're interested, please feel free to apply at our website with the link provided in the flyer!

Scribe America Part-time & Full-time Positions

The central role of the Medical Scribe is to relieve the physician of clerical or secretarial duties; thus, allowing the physician to focus more directly on clinical care. The scribe observes the physician during patient encounters and performs documentation on the physician’s behalf. Under the direction of the physician, they enter information into the patient’s electronic or written chart. At the physician’s request, the scribe must be able to locate past medical records, prior lab/radiology results, or past visit histories for the physician to review. Additionally, within the EMR itself the scribe needs the ability to enter data into the chart on the physician’s behalf. All scribe-entered data is reviewed and authenticated by the physician. 

Qualifications:
-Must have a high school diploma or GED. Experience in the medical field is preferred
-Computer and typing skills are required 
-Familiarity with medical knowledge preferred 
-A responsible and mature individual with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Position type: Entry-level. Part-Time, typically 2-3 shifts per week. Full-time, 4-5 shifts per week. Average shift is between 8-12 hours. Hours will vary depending on location and specialty.
Visit the ScribeAmerica website to view open positions in your area. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: No fixed start date

Somos Hermanos Gap Year Programs

Somos Hermanos programs are designed to equip participants with the language skills and cultural competency they need to provide high quality professional services to Latinos. Students are not required to have previous Spanish language experience before participating. The 5-month program is broken into three phases that entail a mix of one-on-one language instruction, community based volunteering and cultural activities. The program is open to anyone post undergraduate degree in the U.S. or Canada entering the health care profession (i.e. medical, nursing, therapist, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, public health, etc), entering the legal profession, social services, or education professions. For more information view the Somos Hermanos website. Applications are accepted annually. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Guatemala & Mexico

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, managed by the Northwestern Alumni Association, matches Northwestern alumni with current undergraduates and other alumni to form mentoring relationships. Among the Northwestern alumni registered in the network are medical doctors and other healthcare professionals, and many of them are willing to have a mentee shadow them in their workplace. Sign-up is available year-round. 

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with STEMPod

Observing the challenge that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our education system, STEMPod is a non-profit organization founded by Northwestern alumni aiming to promote STEM education in underserved communities. We are looking for volunteer tutors in any high school math, biology, chemistry, or physics courses. Expected commitment is 2+ hours per week for more than 6 months. The ideal volunteer is responsible, reliable, and patient. More information can be found at https://www.stempod.org. If interested, please fill out the application. Applications are accepted year-round.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: Virtual
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Contact: Lydia Pui: spui@cps.org