Gaining experience in the healthcare system, whether clinical or administrative, is vital not only for health professional school applications but also to assist students in selecting a compatible field. Students will gain confidence and begin to develop the interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies that will contribute to their success in graduate school and beyond.
Developing an Experience
If you have a particular location or organization that you would like to work with, our office can help you design a healthcare related experience that meets the requirements of a health professional program or school. Here are some general guidelines to get you started:
Identify organizations that interest you
- Contact local health care professionals in your hometown to inquire about programs for undergraduates.
- Compile a list of physicians and health care practitioners of whom you, your family, or your friends may be patients or may know personally.
- Research possible experiences by reading online patient reviews and asking your network of family and friends for recommendations.
Define your goals and objectives for the experience
- Keep in mind the health career you wish to pursue, or if you are unsure, the health careers you might wish to explore.
- Set concrete goals to achieve, such as the number of hours you would like to obtain.
- Determine the setting you wish to work in (clinical or non-clinical).
Create a resume and cover letter
- In your resume, describe relevant skills and coursework.
- In your cover letter, state goals and objectives.
- If you need assistance with your resume or cover letter contact the Malone Career Center in the Trone Student Center.
Deliver your information
- Deliver all credentials in person.
- Dress professionally.
- Obtain a contact name for a follow up.
- Wait at least one week before making a follow up phone call.
Still need help coordinating an experience? Start by completing our Healthcare and Clinical Experiences Interest Form.