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Launch Your Health Career with HCC

Health Career Connection (HCC) inspires and empowers undergraduate students, recent graduates and HCC alumni to successfully pursue health careers. We connect talented, diverse individuals to health employers and graduate schools in health professions. For over 24 years HCC has assisted individuals to discover and achieve their health career goals, become effective health leaders and make a difference in health organizations and communities. 

Making Connections

Health Career Connection makes substantial contributions to the priority goals of our partner organizations and increases diversity in the health professions. HCC comprehensive summer internship program provides hands on exposure, experience and mentoring. HCC’s paid, full-time summer educational internships assist undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue careers in healthcare management and policy, health education, community health, nursing administration, and other public health options.

Health Career Connection partners with leading health organizations to offer meaningful internship experiences in 4 California Regions and in New England, New York/New Jersey, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. HCC also partners with leading graduate health professions schools to provide regional intern cohorts with workshops and information about how to best prepare and be competitive applicants for graduate education.

Lasting Impact

HCC and host organizations have empowered over 2,000 interns to successfully pursue health careers. Over 95% of HCC interns report that the internship had a profound influence on their career and educational choices and opportunities. 90% of HCC interns have been from under-represented racial and ethnic groups. A significant number of HCC interns have gone on to graduate school and successful health careers. Over 60% of host organizations have hired their HCC interns. 95% of HCC host organizations repeat as intern sponsors, many host multiple interns.

HCC’s ultimate aim is to improve the health of our increasingly diverse communities by developing value driven health leaders and professionals capable of and committed to addressing our complex health challenges. We have a priority focus on inspiring future leaders and professionals to serve under-served communities and to reach back to support others behind them in the health professions pipeline.

In 2013, Health Career Connection President, Jeff Oxendine, received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.


About the James Irvine Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards annually recognize Californians who are advancing innovative, effective solitions to critical state issues. Since 2006, awards have been given to 45 recipients, both individuals and groups, working in a wide variety of fields, including education, health, agriculture, economic development and the environment. The Foundation provides each recipient with $125,000 to support his or her work benefiting the people of California.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding for the people pf California to particiapate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation's grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 3.500 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.6 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $68 million in 2012 for the people of California


Health Career Connection Partner Organization

MyHealth Career Navigator provides connections, information, and resources to develop your health career. Click the link below to learn more.