What type of interning should I do for the "pre-med" track?Answered
I'm trying to look for internships near me, but I'm not sure what would be helpful to me. I want to go into the medical field, but most of the open internships need students who are in the undergrad "pre-med" track or med school. I'm going to be a junior in the fall. I've always wanted to volunteer at a hospital, but I wasn't old enough to meet the age requirements before the pandemic and now that I'm old enough to apply, the pandemic is going on, so volunteering at a hospital isn't really an option.
What sort of medical-ish internship would be useful to me? Or what should I be looking for?
I'm okay with paid or unpaid internships. Thanks!
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Your best options would be:
- intern at a hospital (this will allow you to see different departments and what you are interested in)
- intern at a clinic (this will allow you to shadow a doctor and see what the day-to-day operations look like)
If you do either of these, make sure your role is NOT to get coffee/secretarial duties. Make sure you are learning about medicine during your internship.
If you can't do either of these, consider doing research with a professor near you.
A number of successful pre-med applicants have done research on a medical topic with a professor. This is actually very impressive if you write your own research paper and are very actively involved in the research process. If you choose to take this route, consider applying for the Regeneron STS Competition (one of the most prestigious high school research competitions).
Here's a link the competition if you are interested: https://www.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts/
It honestly depends where you live, and what opportunities are open to you. Personally, I live in NYC so I have a diverse amount of volunteering or internship opportunities, but it depends where you reside. I think you should try volunteering at hospitals or see if any private clinics need any support. However, we are in a pandemic so it might be difficult for you to find anything. Best of luck!!!
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