SPARCC Internship Update

Thank you for your interest in the SPARCC internship! The application period is currently CLOSED. If you have any questions about the information below, please feel free to contact Neel (neel@sparcctucson.com).

Internship Resources

We love students here at SPARCC and we want you to learn as much as possible during your time with us. Our internship experiences are more hands on than the typical doctor’s office. As such, we have high expectations for our students.

At SPARCC, we do not have shadowing experiences because we feel that hands-on experience in the clinic is more important. Our internship positions offer the opportunity to work directly with the doctor, patients, and staff to get an idea of what it’s like to work in a medical office. Undergraduate students interested in interning must commit to a full 4-month period (e.g., May 1-August 31). We offer two types of internships, both include patient interaction.

Types of Internships

Clinical Internship

Clinical interns work in a sports medicine clinic and work directly with patients to facilitate active rehab, balance testing, and vision testing. Clinical interns work primarily with concussion patients.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with rehabilitation process
  • Get direct patient contact experience
  • Learn from medical professionals
  • Unique, hands-on opportunity
  • Time commitment: one full-day clinic (6-8 hours) for a full 4-month period (e.g., September 1 – December 31)

Rehabilitation Internship 

Rehabilitation interns work in a sports medicine clinic and work primarily with patients with musculoskeletal conditions, concussion, persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS), and traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. Rehabilitation focuses on muscular endurance, neuromuscular control, muscular strength, vestibular, visual, and cervical deficits. The intern will be working directly with a certified athletic trainer.

Responsibilities:

Assist with patient check in/out process
Assist with rehabilitation exercises
Assist with administrative tasks
Learn directly from an athletic trainer and consistently provide input and ideas
Time commitment: About 4-10 hours/week

Research Internship

Research interns will complete a clinical research internship that culminates in a poster or abstract. Research interns will also participate in one half-day clinic in person per month.

**In order to pursue research with SPARCC, you must first complete a full semester of the clinical internship.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete a clinical research project that culminates in a poster or abstract
  • Option to shadow a SPARCC provider for one half-day clinic per month (in place of research time)
    • Gain experience working with patients
    • Learn from medical professionals
    • Unique, hands-on opportunity
  • Most of your research time can be done at home or wherever you are comfortable
  • Time commitment: 4-5 hours/week for a full 4-month period (e.g., September 1 – December 31)

Internship Expectations

If you are selected for the internship, you will receive a detailed packet that outlines our expectations. Below is a brief overview of what is expected.

During your internship experience, you are expected to do the following:

  • Commit to one half-day clinic per week for a full semester
  • Arrive on time and stay the entire time for your assigned clinic
  • Act professionally! At SPARCC we treat our patients like family, and we expect our students to do the same.
    • Dress professionally
    • Absolutely no cell phone use will be tolerated.
    • No other unprofessional behavior including discrimination or bigotry will be tolerated.
  • Come ready to learn every day. We strive to create a hands-on internship experience for our students, but you’ll only get out of it as much as you put in.

Apply for an Internship

The application period is currently closed. 

If you’re interested in interning with SPARCC for CLINICAL or REHABILITATION complete the application from the link below:

https://forms.gle/UmFdr69VnERc7mcd7

For schools interested in student clinical rotations, please contact Neel (neel@sparcctucson.com) for more information.

Fall 2022: August 22, 2022 – December 16, 2022

Application period opens: July 1, 2022
Deadline:
August 1, 2022
Application Review and Interviews: August 1, 2022 – August 12, 2022
Orientation: August 22, 2022 from 8:00a-9:00a
Proficiency Day: September 10, 2022 from 8:00a-12:00p

Spring 2023: January 9th, 2023 – May 12th, 2023

Application period opens: November 21st, 2022
Deadline to apply:
December 16th, 2022
Application Review and Interviews: December 19th – December 30th
Orientation: January 9th, 2023 from 8:00a-9:00a
Proficiency Day: February 4th, 2023 from 9:00a-12:00p

*Participation in these internships can qualify for college credit for science oriented bachelor’s degrees. We can offer between 1-3 units depending on the amount of hours spent per a week. If you are interested in getting credit for this internship, please approve the internship with your academic advisor prior to participation.

*SPARCC is no longer offering High School internships or shadowing positions. If you are interested in shadowing for one day or completing your senior project with SPARCC, please contact Dr. Minor (drjon@sparcctucson.com) to determine whether there is any availability.

Required Readings & Other Resources

Please read the Active Rehab Protocol and Neurocognitive Assessment blog posts prior to your first day.

It would greatly benefit you to familiarize yourself with the Patient Handouts page and all of the attachments. Our most common cases are concussion/TBI followed by pediatric overuse injuries, pediatric fractures, and a variety of other musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries.

We have several readings that are designed for resident and medical student rotations. They are not required for undergrad and high school students. However, they are great resources to get you introduced to the types of cases we typically see. These readings are available under “Required Readings” and “Suggested Resources” on the Resident & Medical Student Resources page.