Whether your interest lies in pediatrics or geriatrics, physical therapy or psychiatry, a medical internship paves the way for full-time work in your specialization—not to mention a deepened understanding of healthcare as a profession. Interns in the medical field find positions in a variety of work environments. In addition to hospitals, research facilities, and private practice offices, medical interns may also work in government agencies, nonprofits, private corporations, and schools.
Internships in the medical field expose students to issues that shape health policy, standards and codes that guide professional life, and the nuances of individual patient cases. You may work directly with these patients or support operations in the research, marketing, or customer support capacity. As a medical intern for a healthcare association, for instance, you may host educational webinars, write blog posts, help produce medical journals, research and answer community-submitted questions, etc.
Technicial positions also become available for students who want hands-on experience in a clinical lab. Following laboratory procedures, you’ll report tests and examine factors that may affect measurements. Alternatively, students in medicine may write technical marketing materials that describe the safety and efficacy issues surrounding a new product. This will include product information sheets, copy for the website and newsletter, and off-line materials.