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Tips on How to Get a Summer Medical Internship

For those Syracuse University students looking to apply to medical school after college, it is important to partake in a Summer medical internship. This internship experience will give you a feel for what it is like to practice medicine everyday and start to narrow your medical focus on specific disciplines. And, besides being a very educational experience, it will help you to start meeting other people in the medical field and grow your network. So, how does one go about getting an internship? Here are three helpful tips to guide you in your medical internship search.

Tip #1 – Put yourself out there. This means sending emails and making phone calls to doctor’s offices and finding out the appropriate internship contact person. For example, if you were applying for an internship at the Kovak Laser Institute, you would want to reach out to Dr. Kovak himself, as he makes all decisions regarding interns. The best way to reach Dr. Kovak is via email and you will want to make sure your email is catchy to get his attention. This is the same procedure you will want to follow with other doctors as well, as they are often inundated with internship emails, so it’s important to stand out from the crowd.

Tip #2 – Scour college internship websites for jobs. There are 100’s of college internship websites out there that feature medical internships at highly prestigious doctor’s offices and hospitals. You can even check out The Daily Orange’s classifieds to see what great medical internships are available in and around campus. The more internship sites that you scour, the more internship opportunities you will find, which will help you to select the best medical internship possible.

Tip #3 – Talk to friends and family members. The best way to find an internship is through your family and friends network. There is generally someone that is related to or is friends with a doctor and as such, tapping into your personal network can be a huge advantage. You can even try creating posts on Facebook or Twitter as ways to express your interest in a medical internship and seeing what type of response you get. Additionally, by leveraging your social network, you will be able to better trust doctors’ referrals that you receive from friends and family members. The best leads to receive are warm ones, so start reaching out to all of the people you know and find that perfect internship today!

Overall, finding a medical internship requires work and determination, but if you put your heart into it, you will have no problem finding the right internship opportunity. Three things to keep in mind as you seek out an internship are putting yourself out there, searching internship websites and leveraging your personal network. If you follow these three tips, opportunities will present themselves and you will be able to choose the one that works best for you.