What Is an Internship?
To clarify, an internship is about clinical experiences that:
- Are completed as part of a college course
- Are supervised by a college instructor/faculty member
- Require students to practice skills or complete projects related to the students' course of study
What Is Not an Internship at University?
An internship at University Health is NOT:
- Essentially a part-time job, paid or unpaid
- Usually completed over the summer
- Completed primarily to gain real-world experience
University Health does not offer this type of internship. If you are seeking to observe a job position, or a department within the hospital, you may be able to volunteer. Please contact Volunteer Services so they can determine if your area of interest is accepting volunteers.
Step 1 – Find an Approved Placement
Nursing & Allied Health (Medical Assistant, EMT, Surgical Tech, Etc.)
Work through your school coordinator. Your school coordinator should contact University to request placement for you. If your school coordinator is new to the process, ask him or her to email us at EducationConnection@uhs-sa.com
Students Completing an Internship Who Don’t Fall Into Above Categories
Work with your school coordinator to find preceptor or host unit/department. To find the director of unit/department, please call 210-358-4000.
Have the following information ready. This will help your potential host determine if they can provide the appropriate internship experience for you.
- Expected beginning and ending dates
- Number of hours per week (or an approximate schedule)
- Types of interactions and activities your course requires such as observing patients or interviewing staff
- School name
- Academic Program/discipline name
- Qualifications or credentials your preceptor should have (for example, you might need to be paired with someone who has a master’s degree or a specific license)
- Confirmation that you have made sure your school (and program, if applicable) has an existing affiliation agreement in place
Step 2 – Notify Your School, if Necessary
If your school coordinator arranged your placement, skip this step.
If you have found a preceptor, your school needs the following information before you can move forward:
- Name of preceptor
- Name of host unit or department
- Location at which you will complete your internship/rotation
- Beginning and end dates (shift times, if applicable)
Step 3 – Get Prepared
- Inform your school coordinator when you have finished reviewing the University Health orientation materials
- Make sure your school coordinator has proof that you have:
- Basic health insurance
- Up-to-date immunizations
- Follow school coordinator’s instruction about what comes next. Procedures vary depending on your school and program. If your school coordinator is not sure what to do, please refer them to EducationConnection@uhs-sa.com
- Consider your parking options: (your school coordinator has details)
- Hospital Patient/Visitor parking areas: Best if you will only be at the Hospital for a few days. Get a ticket when you enter, pay when you exit. Maximum charge is $4 per day.
- Hospital Staff garage: Best if you will be at the Hospital often. University Health ID badge costs $10, and each month of parking costs an additional $13.
- Crossroads Park-and-Ride: Parking is free. Quick bus ride to Hospital.
- All other locations: Park in the patient areas furthest from main entrance, as a courtesy to our patients and families.
- Parking & ID badge information