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ASU defines an internship as a structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners. The purpose of internship courses HSC 484 and HSC 400 is to provide Health Sciences (HSC) students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge, theories, and skills acquired through classroom instruction with the demands and challenges of professional health and wellness practices. Guided by ASU’s definition, internships completed through HSC 484 and HSC 400: are structured (governed by objectives, policies, and procedures) follow a contract or plan (Educational Agreement); and are supervised by faculty (Course Coordinator) and practitioners (Site Supervisors).
Course HSC 484 (or HSC 400) is a graduation requirement for HSC Pre-Professional students, but either course may be completed as an elective course for all other Health Sciences (HSC) students.
Students will be required to address the following objectives of the course through the completion of assignments and in their individual work performance and professionalism, as demonstrated during the internship:
NOTE: Placement in a clinical internship is competitive and not guaranteed. Placement preference is given to those for whom an internship is a degree requirement.
NOTE: Students who are not pursuing a clinical internship are responsible for finding their own internship experience. Resources can be found below. Students are encouraged to begin searching for an internship at least one semester in advance of when they plan to start it.
NOTE: The Educational Agreement (EA) serves as the learning agreement between a student and Site Supervisor. It is an individualized learning agreement, unique to each student. The student and Site Supervisor should work collaboratively to develop the content for the EA, but it is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit the document to the Placement Specialist and/or faculty of record no later than two weeks prior to the internship start date.
There are three internship practice categories that define the overall scope of services in which students may intern for the course:
HSC students may choose an internship in an area aligned with career goals and post-graduate aspirations. Following are practice areas and career fields in which many HSC students elect to complete internships:
For a complete list of affiliated internship sites, visit the PHIP Internship Sites Directory
For an overview of career fields related to health sciences, visit recruiter.com.
|Recommended time frame/steps for enrolling||Activity|
|Step 1||Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your upcoming semester schedule and intentions to pursue a clinical internship. Your advisor will verify that you meet the prerequisites to apply to the Pre-Health Internship Program (minimum 3.0 GPA, Junior or Senior standing).|
|Step 2||Submit an online application to Pre-Health Internship Program (PHIP) 4-5 months prior to the start of the semester you intend to start your internship https://clinicalpartnerships.asu.edu/phip. Make sure that you are specific as to the type of experience you seek, your graduation timeline, and goals.|
|Step 3||Once you apply, you will be contacted by a PHIP Placement Specialist. They will work with you on matching sites and positions available that suit your needs, goals, and potential limitations (in terms of hours, location, etc.). NOTE: Students will be asked to provide a resume and cover letter in a PDF format to Placement Specialist Christina Islas (Christina.Islas@asu.edu).|
|Step 4||Once the PHIP Placement Specialist has verified all requirements have been completed they will contact sites to discuss availability and arrange an interview for you with site staff. NOTE: If you know a site that has already agreed to host you as an intern, please indicate this on your application. The Placement Specialist will work with you to determine site affiliation eligibility.|
|Step 5||If you accept an offer you will work with the Placement Specialist to establish a start date and ensure Health & Safety requirements and onboarding steps are done prior to your start date at the site (e.g. immunizations, CPR training, background checks, etc. vary by site). NOTE: Once you accept an internship you must complete an Educational Agreement (EA) and send to both the Placement Specialist AND the faculty of record for the course to indicate acceptance of the internship.|
|Step 6||Once the onboarding steps are completed you will email your Health Sciences advisor for permission to enroll in the HSC 484: Internship course and CC the Placement Specialist on the e-mail for reference.|
|Step 7||You will complete your internship hours and any assignments throughout the semester in which you are enrolled. You will work with the faculty of record for the course for all academic components until your experience is completed and a final grade is recorded.|
|Recommended time frame/steps for enrolling||Activity|
|6 – 18 months||Research career fields and employment opportunities in areas of interest; conduct job shadowing and informational interviews at prospective internship sites to learn about career paths and job functions.|
|6 – 12 months||Research various organizations and apply to their respective internship opportunities using tools such as|
|3 months||If applicable submit a Petition to Affiliate a New Internship Site; this petition is required for any student seeking to intern with an organization that is not currently affiliated with ASU.|
|2 – 6 months||Accept internship offer and decline offers as applicable and/or withdraw applications.|
|2 – 3 months||Register for HSC 400: Practicum on your assigned course registration date.|
|1 – 2 months||Complete and submit an Educational Agreement (EA) via Blackboard for the course no later than two weeks prior to the internship start date.|
|2 weeks||Begin working in the internship no earlier than two weeks prior to the start of the semester. You have until week five of the semester to begin your internship. Students may not begin working in an internship until they have submitted and had approved an EA.|
For more information about the HSC internship course requirements and non-clinical site opportunities, please contact Christina Barth (Christina.Barth@asu.edu).