HCC inspires and empowers undergraduate students and recent graduates to choose and successfully pursue health careers that best suit their talents and goals. We accomplish this by providing real world exposure, experience, support and networking through HCC’s:
- Paid, full-time summer internships in California, New England, New York/New Jersey and North Carolina;
- Mentoring and professional development workshops and opportunities;
- Training in leadership, graduate school preparation, career development, advocacy and cultural competency.
- Peer support network
- Alumni Association and support activities;
- Web-based resources and linkages
HCC supports students interested in:
- Health management and administration
- Health policy and advocacy
- Community health improvement and building healthy communities
- Health education
- Health disparities elimination
- Health information technology
- Other public health career options
- Nursing Administration
- Health Finance
- Environmental Health
HCC does not provide clinical or research experience though we welcome students with these interests combined one of our priority areas and/or open to exploring health career alternatives.
HCC provides opportunity and support to people of all backgrounds and has priority emphasis on students of color, disadvantaged and first generation students as they are dramatically under-represented in the health professions and graduate education. They also have valuable life experience, community and cultural knowledge and language skills that help organizations better serve our increasingly diverse and underserved populations. We seek candidates from all backgrounds who want to improve the health or and serve underserved communities.
HCC partners with leading health employers to provide invaluable experience, support and opportunities. Through an apprenticeship model preceptors and HCC staff mentor and guide interns, sharing their experiences and wisdom. HCC works with employers from all health sectors including:
- Hospitals and health systems
- Public health departments
- Community health centers
- Medical groups and physician practices
- Health plans and HMOs
- Consulting firms
- Advocacy organizations
- Associations, consortia and coalitions
- Community based organizations
HCC host organizations provide practical assistance and gain access to talented students who make meaningful contributions. Over 60% of HCC interns are offered employment with host organizations.
HCC also connects students to leading graduate school partners in public health and medicine. The partners host and participate in HCC workshops and provide guidance to our interns. We also connect students to business, law, nursing, pharmacy and allied health programs and have increasing numbers of alumni who have succeeded in these fields.
HCC is the “connection” between undergraduate students and:
- The information, experiences and support they need to discover and make well-informed health career choices;
- Health organizations and graduate schools seeking talented, diverse interns, staff and future health leaders and professionals.
- Underserved communities in need of health professionals
- Younger students seeking role models and mentors to assist them in discovering and advancing toward their educational and career goals
HCC connects students from throughout the United States to opportunities and HCC employer and educational partners in Northern, Central and Southern California, New England, New York/New Jersey and North Carolina.