Are You a High School Student Interested in the Medical Field?

MSI AHEC exposes students from diverse backgrounds to a variety of health careers through hands-on programming. Students attain internships in clinical and non-clinical community health placements.  We engage students in health topic and career research projects, field trips to medical schools and facilities, and college readiness workshops.

Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) 


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Application Deadline: March 17, 2016

Who should Apply:

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors & college freshmen in good standing and on track for promotion in June.

Programming includes:

  • Six-week internship placements in hospitals and community-based health centers and organizations
  • Weekly didactic sessions with health professionals and field trips
  • Exposure to health careers and community health issues

Participation criteria:

  • Student must be between 16-22 years of age at start of program
  • Student must attend school or live in Manhattan or Staten Island
  • Student must be a United States Citizen or have Permanent Resident Status
  • Student must be interested in a career in the health field

2016 Summer Program Session: July 5th through August 11th

Program Orientation: June 22, 2016

Students will report to placement sites Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and will have didactic sessions on Thursdays at the MSI AHEC office. Placement experiences vary from site to site.

Contact the program manager, Mayra Leon, at 212-534-2432 or for more information.


For high school and college students


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Application Deadline: May 1, 2016

Only complete submissions will be reviewed.

Who should Apply:

- 9th, 10th, and 11th grade high school students on-track for promotion in June
- High school seniors, in good standing, who plan to attend college in the Fall 2016
- College students in good standing that will be a Sophomore come Fall 2016

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Program Highlights

  • 2-week intensive and interactive health career exploration program

  • Learn about community health issues

  • Tours of health-related facilities and health professions schools

  • Earn 40 hours of community service

Students can enroll in one of the following age-based sessions: 

Program Session 1 : July 11 - 21  (14-16 year olds ONLY)

Program Session 2 : July 25 - August 4  (17-20 year olds ONLY)

Participation Criteria:

- Student must be between 14-20 years of age on July 5th, 2016
- Student must attend school or live in New York City
- Student must be interested in a career in the health field
- Student must complete the application and submit two (2) recommendation forms or letters.
- At least one (1) recommendation must be from a teacher or faculty. Letters from relatives not accepted.

Contact the program manager, Angela Banfield at or call 212-534-2432 to find out more.


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Program Description: The Mentor Connection Program is for high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. The program will connect high school juniors and seniors to a health professions graduate student mentor for 7 months of the academic year. The program will also provide a rich curriculum for students to learn and explore health careers and topics of interest to them. Students will have the opportunity to learn about health professions and topics through a variety of means, including mentoring sessions, workshops, and field trips.

 Student Responsibilities:

-Develop and maintain relationship with assigned Mentor throughout the school year (November to May)

-Attend 2-hour mentoring sessions weekly

-Attend 1-hour program activity session weekly

-Attend 3-hour program activity, one Saturday each month

-Complete weekly assignments to research and explore health careers and related topics

-Communicate regularly with Mentor and Program Manager


-Currently enrolled as a junior or senior in high school

-Available to fully participate in program activities for the duration of the program

-Strong interest in a health career

-Ability to travel to designated locations in Harlem at least once a week

If you are interested in bringing the Mentor Connection program to your school or would like to be a mentor, please contact the Program Manager at (212) 534-2432 for more information.

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