AMSA is looking for engaged, motivated students interested in interning in the National Office to support the AMSA Fellows & President with developing innovative programming. Interns will have the opportunity to build programming on an issue of their choosing within specified content areas, on which the fellows are working.
As an AMSA Intern, you will spend time in the National Office and gain valuable skill sets including program planning and implementation for issues at the intersection of healthcare and social justice. These opportunities include helping to develop sustainable national programming for distribution to the AMSA National Leadership and its large membership base, as well as analyzing and evaluating (and potentially contributing to) current literature through commentaries and research.
As a member of the National Office Team you will have the opportunity to interact with and be mentored by fellow physicians-in-training, including the AMSA Fellows and National President. You will also have the opportunity to work with AMSA’s amazing professional staff whose diverse skill sets will certainly aid in your development on your quest to become a physician.
We are seeking enthusiastic student leaders who feel confident in their ability to work independently to develop a project with the support of the AMSA Fellows. Both medical and pre-medical students are encouraged to apply. No experience is necessary, though strong analytical, presentation, and writing skills will be of benefit. Interns MUST be AMSA members (applicants need not be members, but may join after being accepted) and be available for a minimum of four consecutive weeks for this experience.
Internship Program Structure
The AMSA Internship Program is a four-week immersive, intensive, educational experience at the AMSA National Office. Interns will come away with a better understanding of our healthcare system and the key roles that physicians play in reforming the system through education and advocacy. They will be empowered as physicians-in-training to become active participants of the system and will be better prepared to make changes to the system at the end of their experience.
Over the course of these four weeks, interns will receive formal instruction in areas such as grassroots organizing, education/teaching, and policy/lobbying through a series of half-day workshops each week. They will also have time devoted to development of their professional identity as they will set goals, implement a project of their own design, and measure their outcomes. Weekly professional development seminars will augment their work, explore the definition of professionalism, ethics of being a professional, and encourage the interns to further their careers in medicine. They will be closely supervised and mentored by the Student Office Fellows but given autonomy to explore, create, and grow during their experience.
AMSA Intern Program Alumni
Although AMSA cannot provide housing, AMSA provides a stipend for interns, who are not receiving academic credit for this experience. Interns will be provided a stipend of $300/week. Furthermore, interns will be mentored by and work closely with the AMSA Fellows and weekly meetings will be scheduled to ensure that both knowledge and skills are developed over the course of your experience in the AMSA National Office.
To Apply - Application deadline has now passed
Please submit the following:
Cover letter (please limit to two pages) describing your interest in the internship and your personal and professional goals for your time in the National Office. The following information should be included on your cover letter:
- Name, address, phone number, & email address
- Available dates for the internship,
- Current university or medical school, year of study, major/minor
- Particular areas of interest to work on during the internship (for example, health care disparities, patient education/communication, LGBT health, work hour reform, integrative/complementary medicine, etc.)
Curriculum vitae or resume (three page suggested maximum)
A letter of support from a reference of your choosing. The letter writer should be able to speak to your ability to work as part of team, tenacity to learn, and work ethic.
Phone interviews will be offered to some applicants upon receipt of the above materials.
Summer months are the most popular time for internships at the AMSA national office. In order to accommodate as many interns as possible, we have preset dates for the summer months and a stricter application schedule.
Timeline for Summer 2013 Applications
- March 18: All applications are due by 12 midnight PST
- March 20 – April 10: Phone interviews offered to qualified applicants
- April 15th: Applicants receive communication of their status (accepted, rejected, wait listed)
When applying for summer, please state your availability and preference for the following available dates:
- July 9th – August 3rd
- July 23rd – August 17th
- August 6th – August 31st
Please send all application materials by email and direct all questions to both of the following: