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Pre-med Internships: the 7 Best Websites to Start Your Search

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About Marissa

Marissa is a recent graduate of Clemson University where she received her B.S. in Health Sciences. During the summer of 2019, Marissa participated in the Atlantis shadowing program in Trento, Italy, and now works as an Alumni Representative with the company. She is currently applying to medical school where she hopes to become a primary care physician.

When looking for experiences to gain healthcare exposure, it is no surprise that many pre-meds look for internships. In many fields, internships are a common way to get real world experience and work closely with peers of similar interests. For pre-med students, there are a variety of programs that can give students a chance to learn and develop their skills as a future healthcare professional. Depending on what you are looking for, I recommend starting with the sites I have gathered so that you can figure out the best pre med internshipst for you.

The Top Websites to Start Your Search

As a pre-med student, the AAMC should be the first place you look for any questions or opportunities related to your medical school journey. This site includes a comprehensive list of summer undergraduate research programs that would help students gain experience in healthcare. While they might not directly be considered internships, the programs listed do provide students with the opportunity to build crucial skills for medical school.

Depending on where you are located, there are thousands of summer programs that exist for premedical students. Sectioned by geographic location, this site does an excellent job highlighting the best programs for you to look further into.

  • Individual Medical Schools 

Many medical schools, such as Washington & Lee, offer summer or pipeline programs for pre-med students. If there are particular schools that you are interested in applying to, this is a great way to get involved with the school early. 

While not an actual internship, Atlantis is a unique experience and one worth considering. Since the program allows students to shadow for weeks at a time, it is an opportunity for students to gain the valuable healthcare exposure and interactions that come from a traditional internship. 

The CDC is a great site to look at if you are interested in building a holistic view of healthcare. The CDC has a variety of short-term internships that will help you develop leadership and critical thinking skills that medical school admissions teams are sure to find valuable. Additionally, they have many kinds of hands-on training programs for students and recent graduates.

Similar to the CDC, the NIH is another amazing site to look into that offers their own internship programs. Unlike the CDC, which is centered more around public health, the NIH has opportunities to build experience in research. For students who have a passion for science, this is a good site to start looking for internships.

  • Your University Advisor 

Local clinics and practices may be looking for interns. I recommend reaching out to your advisor or health professions team to see if they have any information. If they do not have any points of contact, you can also take initiative to look into open positions yourself.

Finding a pre-med internship or summer program is a wonderful way to learn which fields of medicine are right for you. Additionally, if you choose to participate in a program more centered around public health, this is still a great way to build a holistic perspective towards healthcare. However, if you are concerned about time constraints, there are other opportunities that can provide valuable healthcare exposure, such as Atlantis shadowing programs that occur over school breaks. Ultimately, what you choose to pursue should be something that you enjoy. Taking the time to find unique experiences is a great way to embody the qualities medical schools are looking for.

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  • Atlantis '17
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  • Atlantis '17
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  • Atlantis '17
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  • Atlantis '18
  • U. of Montana '19
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  • Atlantis '19
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  • Atlantis '19
  • Catholic U. of America '21
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  • Atlantis '16
  • U. of Maryland '17
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Lauren Cox

  • Atlantis '18
  • Louisiana Tech '20
  • U. of Arkansas MD '24
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  • Atlantis '18
  • U. of Kentucky '20
  • U. of Kentucky MD '24

About Atlantis

Atlantis is the leader in pre-health shadowing and clinical experience, offering short-term programs (1-10 weeks) over academic breaks for U.S. pre-health undergraduates. Medical schools want 3 things: (1)healthcare exposure, (2)GPA/MCAT, and (3)certain competencies. Atlantis gives you a great version of (1), frees you to focus on (2), and cultivates/shows (3) to medical school admissions committees.

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