Student Involvement

Students can earn academic credit by interning with Center-affiliated faculty.

Summer Internships

Summer Internship 2022

June 20,2022 – August 12, 2022

The Center for Community Health Equity is offering an eight-week, 40 hours per week internship program for four highly motivated undergraduate college students currently in their junior or senior year with a strong interest in research, health disparities, and community relations. The summer internship is designed to give relevant and needed exposure to students seeking careers in the health sciences and research.  Summer interns will be provided compensation for the experience (up to $5000; payment bi-weekly).  No travel or housing accommodations are provided.

During the internship, students will:

  • Understand the historical structural inequities that impact health outcomes in communities in Chicago, with a focus on West Side communities.
  • Learn how to conduct research in a major research institution through weekly educational sessions, forums, discussion groups, workshops, and field observations.
  • Develop a team-based research project centered on how families from a West Side of Chicago community attain educational success.  The work is under the supervision of faculty members in community engagement and health equity. Projects will include a final oral presentation.
  • Experience community engagement in research through community visits and event planning.
  • Attain writing skills necessary to submit an working research paper for review.

The 2022 application cycle will close February 18, 2022, at 11:59PM. Mandatory interviews will be scheduled the week of March 14 – 25, 2022. Applicants will receive a decision letter by April 11, 2022. Selected candidates must be available to work full-time June 20 to August 12, 2022, and agree to on-site orientation the week of June 13, 2022.


  • Current enrollment as a junior or senior in an undergraduate degree program
  • Commitment to attend the internship full-time and onsite at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ilinois,  for eight weeks (June 20- August 12, 2022)
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career that would impact health disparities and involve research
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish priorities and work independently, as well as collaboratively
  • Computer proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Applications from students who have lived experiences in the West Side communities of the City of Chicago are strongly encouraged


Interested? Click here to apply!