SPARCC Internship Update
Thank you for your interest in the SPARCC internship! We are not accepting Applications for the FALL 2021 session until August 7,2021. If you have any questions about the information below, please feel free to contact Eva (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this time.
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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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)
Rehabilitation Internship – Concussion Focus
Rehabilitation interns work in a sports medicine clinic and work directly with Concussion, Persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients. Rehabilitation focuses on vestibular, visual, and cervical deficits. The intern will be working directly with a certified athletic trainer.
- Assist with patient check in/out process
- Assist with rehabilitation exercises
- Assist with various tasks: writing patient sheets, filing, etc.
- Learn directly from an athletic trainer and consistently provide input and ideas
- Time commitment: 4-10 hours/week for a full 4-month period (e.g., September 1 – December 31)
Rehabilitation Internship – Musculoskeletal Focus
Rehabilitation interns work in a sports medicine clinic and work primarily with patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Rehabilitation focuses on muscular endurance, neuromuscular control, and muscular strength. The intern will be working directly with a certified athletic trainer.
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 10 hours/week (May 17-August 13)
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
We are currently accepting applications for the FALL 2021 Internship.
If you’re interested in interning with SPARCC for CLINICAL, RESEARCH, or REHABILITATION (Musculoskeletal Focus) fill out the application below and email to Eva (email@example.com) along with a current resume and optional cover letter.
For schools interested in student clinical rotations, please contact Eva (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Clinical and Research Application:
PDF Version: SPARCC Clinical/Research Internship Application
Pages Version: SPARCC Clinical/Research Internship Application
Rehabilitation (Musculoskeletal focus):
PDF Version: SPARCC MSK Rehabilitation Internship Application
Microsoft Word Version: SPARCC MSK Rehabilitation Internship Application
If you are interesting in interning with SPARCC for REHABILITATION (Concussion Focus) hours, fill out the application below and email to Monica (email@example.com) along with a current resume and cover letter.
PDF version: SPARCC TBI Rehabilitation Internship Application
Pages version: SPARCC TBI Rehabilitation Internship Application
Fall 2021: August 23, 2021 – December 10, 2021
Deadline: August 7, 2021
Application Review and Interviews: TBA
Orientation and training: August 23, 2021 – August 27, 2021
*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 Eva (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine whether there is any availability.
Required Readings & Other Resources
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.