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 the 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 half-day clinic (4-5 hours) for a full 4-month period (e.g., September 1 – December 31)

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

If you’re interested in interning with SPARCC, fill out the application below. For schools, please contact Libby (libby@sparcctucson.com) for more information.

Spring 2019: December 31, 2018 – May 10, 2019
Deadline: November 16 @ 4:00 pm
Application Review: Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be held in November and all applicants will be notified of our decision by mid-December.
Orientation and training: late December

Summer 2019: May 13 – August 23, 2019
Deadline: April 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Application Review: Applications will be reviewed in April and all applicants will be notified of our decision by the end of April.
Orientation and training: mid-May

Fall 2019: August 26 – December 31, 2019
Deadline: July 31st
Application Review: Applications will be reviewed in July and all applicants will be notified of our decision by the beginning of August.
Orientation and training: mid August

Apply for the internship here: https://sparcc-fvgqs.formstack.com/forms/internship_application

 

*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 Libby (libby@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.

 

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