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CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern Program

The CHCI Scholar-Intern Programs are designed to allow students to not only receive monetary support for their education, but also gain hands-on experience in their chosen field through an internship. 

The CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF)Scholar-Intern Program helps students pursuing health-related careers identify a community-based health organization where they can complete the internship. The scholarship and stipend create a unique opportunity for financially needy students to take on what would otherwise be an unpaid internship, and exposes them to the health care needs of underserved communities.

The CHCI-United Health Foundation scholar-intern program requires the completion of an 80-hour paid internship for which you have to secure your own placement.

Individuals selected for this program will be required to reach out to local community-based health organizations to secure their own placement; CHCI will follow-up with scholar-interns and their internship supervisors to establish an official agreement. CHCI awards an additional $1,000 stipend to scholar-interns upon completion of 80 internship hours. Through this program, recipients are able to receive funding while completing what would have otherwise been a volunteer internship.

Scholar-Interns are required to complete their internships in their respective communities and CHCI will provide assistance in securing them. Below are examples of qualifying community-based health organizations around the nation:

The 80 hours can be spread out however you desire over a six-month period. For example, if you would like to work 16 hours a week, you can complete the internship within 5 weeks; if you would like to complete it during your winter break and do 8 hours a day, you can complete it in 10 days. You can work with your placement to create a schedule that works for both of you as long as your placement is completed within six months.

In addition, every summer, United Health Foundation invites a select group of CHCI-UHF Scholar-Interns to attend their Diverse Scholars Forum in Washington, DC, all expenses paid. This forum gives participants an opportunity to learn more about health care policy from a range of policymakers and thought leaders in the health care field.

Please Note: If selected, you MUST complete the paid internship in order to receive the scholarship. Upon completion of 80 internship hours, individuals receive a $1,000 stipend in addition to their scholarship award.

Application Check List:

  1. Application Profile
  2. One Letter of Recommendation
  3. Completed Scholarship Application:
        - Two essay questions (Suggested Length: 300 words minimum; 600 words maximum)
        - Resume (1-2 pages)
        - Complete copy of 2015-2016 Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number clearly shown
  4. Legal Agreement

Eligibility Criteria
Selection as a CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar-Intern program is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in an accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested
  • Pursuit of academic degrees that will lead to careers as primary care health professionals. For purposes of this scholarship, primary care health professionals are defined as general practitioners, internists, family practitioners, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, dentists, public health professionals, mental health professionals, nurses (including advanced practice nurses, and nurse practitioners), physician assistants, and pharmacists.
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.

    NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA)policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application

The programs that you are eligible to apply for are predetermined, based on the information you provide in your profile.