Summer Clinical & Patient-Oriented Opportunities

These organizations have hosted Princeton students in recent years. This is not an exhaustive list! Be sure to check Vitals regularly for the most recent opportunities. Additional listings of summer jobs and full-time positions available to Princeton students and alumni can be found in the Handshake system, maintained by the Center for Career Development. 


Princeton Sponsored

Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS)

An alumni-sponsored organization that helps students connect with nonprofits and Princeton alumni through paid summer internships.

International Internship Program (IIP)

IIP supports Princeton undergraduates who wish to undertake a summer internship abroad.  IIP sends about 200 students abroad every summer, freshmen (30%), sophomores (40%), and juniors (30%).

Princeton In... Fellowships Abroad

Available to students from any undergraduate institution, but often place Princeton alums in their diverse sites, some with a health emphasis:

Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) connects students' academic work with their interest in and concern for the communities around the University. 

The Martin A. Dale '53 Summer Awards

The Martin A. Dale '53 Summer Awards enable outstanding Princeton sophomores to devote the summer to an independent project that will significantly enhance their personal growth and intellectual development.

Internships in Global Health 

Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing offers internships to explore multidisciplinary aspects of global health and/or infectious disease. Some established internships, and some support for unpaid global health internships available.

US Based

Camp Jabberwocky  The camp is run for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities and runs for about eight weeks. Students can volunteer as counselors.

ADA Summer Camps

At American Diabetes Association (ADA) summer camps, counselors oversee numerous camp activities including recreational swimming, sports, hiking, arts and crafts and theater. Beyond the traditional camp activities, counselors also helping the campers maintain their manage their diabetes, including assisting with blood monitoring and educating campers about maintaining a balance of diet, exercise and insulin.

Camp Holiday Trails

A camp for children with special needs that offers paid counselor positions for our summer residential camp sessions that run from late June through mid August. 

Hole in the Wall Camps

A family of camps for children with serious illnesses and life threatening conditions. 

The Overlook Summer Internship (Morristown, NJ)

Designed for college students who are considering applying to medical school.  

RWJ Summer Clinical Internship Program (New Brunswick, NJ)

Participants shadow clinical faculty and participate in a lunchtime seminar series.

St. Mary's Medical Center (Langhorne, PA)

Ten-week structured hospital volunteer/shadowing program.

St. Vincent's Medical Center Research Associates (Bridgeport, CT)

Volunteer responsibilities include:  identifying and enrolling patients who are eligible for various research studies; obtaining demographic and historical data; being involved in the informed consent process; and facilitating the production of the research. 

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

With 12 sites across the country at medical and dental schools, the SHPEP provides a glimpse into life as a health professions student - participants shadow professionals, take part in academic work, live in student dorms, and receive guidance and mentorship. The program provides a stipend and housing.

U of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness First Aid course

Two-week program in August that includes hospital and wilderness components and CPR certification. Some need-based scholarships available. 


Guidelines for Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
Before heading off to gain clinical experience abroad, you might want to take a look at the guidelines, provided by the AAMC and ADEA, for providing patient care outside of the US. These two governing bodies have carefully considered the potential issues you might face.

Atlantis Pre-Med International Fellowship

Shadow physicians in European or South American hospitals for 20 hours/week. Fellows rotate through different specialties in clinical settings. Experience healthcare internationally and connect with other pre-med students from around the country.

Child Family Health International

Gain exposure to clinical and public health realities, build relationships with health care providers abroad and like-minded fellow trainees.

Unite for Sight

Assist physicians in providing eye care in Ghana, Honduras, and India.

Additional perspectives about international opportunities: