Summer Health Internship Program

Think you might want a career in health care? Are you in high school or college? Join us on an exploration of opportunities that are available in underserved communities in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island and earn a stipend in the process.

What is SHIP?

The Brooklyn Queens Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI AHEC) Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) is a six-week opportunity for underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged high school and college students. The program exposes students to a variety of careers in health professions, as well as to various health issues affecting their communities.

Selected participants are committed to working at their designated clinic, community-based organization, or hospital three days a week during the day. In addition, participants attend a mandatory weekly workshop. The full-day workshops include health-related lectures, job-readiness training, field trips, and other health professions-related activities. Selected participants also are required to take part in a collaborative, health-themed project. Finally, participants close out their time with us by participating in a closing ceremony where they present their final projects.

SHIP Provides:

  • Exposure to healthcare professionals as workshop presenters.
  • Exposure to health issues affecting the Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
  • Regular interaction with health care professionals.
  • Newfound connections, job readiness skills, an insight into healthcare.
  • Mentorship opportunity.

Criteria for Participation:

  • Be 16 to 20 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Be a rising junior or senior in high school or freshman or sophomore in college.
  • Be a permanent resident and/or be attending schools in Brooklyn, Queens or Long Island.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a sincere interest in health professions.
  • Be willing to complete 120 volunteer hours upon Internship completion.


Application Process:
Complete the online application including all of the following:

  • A 600-word essay (Microsoft Word doc.)
  • An updated resume (Microsoft Word doc.)
  • A letter of recommendation from a school representative or – one from a community member/ employer


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