Internships overview

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An internship is a short-term, hands-on, supervised experience with a professional organization. It differs from a part-time job or volunteer experience in that an internship is intended to increase your knowledge in a specific career field, allow you to develop additional skills and provides quality mentorship.

As a student in the College of Health Solutions, you will be guided and supported in finding the best internship experience for you and your health career aspirations. Our Community Placements team supports students throughout their internship experiences.  

The Pre-Health Internship Program (PHIP) works with students interested in a clinical internship experience. The university-wide program develops high-quality activities that give ASU students the practical experience needed to be competitive in their health careers or post-graduate degree programs.

Step 01

Prepare your resume and cover letter

The resume and cover letter is the first contact you will have as an intern. Put your best foot forward; ensure your resume and cover letter are flawless.

Step 02

Identify 5-10 internship sites to which you will apply

Step 03

Apply for internships

  • Apply for internships through email or websites using the deadlines below.
  • How to write a professional email.
  • Use our sample scripts to help you follow up with sites after you apply.
Application deadlines for:FallSpringSummer
Pre-Health (PHIP) premier internship (EXW only), and Pre-Internship Petitions (PIP)May 1October 1March 1
Applying to Health Solutions Placements Database opportunitiesJuly 1November 1April 1

Step 04

Internship offers and ASU approval

  • Apply for internships through email or websites using the deadlines below.
  • How to write a professional email.
  • Use our sample scripts to help you follow up with sites after you apply.

Step 05

Internship offers and ASU approval

  • The Internship Learning Agreement (ILA) can only be generated within four weeks of your 484 class date. We encourage students to request a written letter (or email) from the site to confirm their internship offer until the ILA can be generated.
  • You must receive approval from an internship support coordinator of your ILA (via the College of Health Solutions Placements Database) before you may accumulate any hours at your internship site.
Deadlines for:Fall 2019Spring 2020Summer 2020
Submit your Internship Learning Agreement
You must have an internship offer from the site to complete this step.
Monday, August 5, 2019Monday, December 30, 2019Monday, May 4, 2020

First day of work at your internship
You may not begin working at your internship site before this date.

Monday, August 19, 2019Monday, January 12, 2020Monday, May 18, 2020
Last day to work at your internshipFriday, November 29, 2019Friday, April 24, 2020Friday, July 10, 2020

International students

International students must contact the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC) before completing an internship or contacting the internship coordinator. International students on an F-1 visa who want to complete a paid or unpaid internship in the U.S. must use Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). Applications should be completed six to eight weeks prior to the start date of the internship.