Coming soon! The 3rd Annual Center for Community Health Equity Summer Internship. Applications open in early 2020.

Summer Internship 2020

June to August, 2020

The Center for Community Health Equity will offer 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 will be held at Rush University and is designed to give relevant and needed exposure to students seeking careers in the health sciences and research. Summer interns will be provided a stipend for the experience (up to $5000; partial payment bi-weekly). No travel or housing accommodations will be 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 equities. 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.

Internship qualifications include:

  • Current enrollment in an junior or senior in an undergraduate degree program
  • Commitment to attend the internship full-time and onsite at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, for eight weeks (June through August)
  • 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

Need more information? Please contact Nia Benton at