College

Developing Workforce Skills

The College Career Pathways program supports youth between 14 - 24 years of age by connecting them with STEM and healthcare career advisors/mentors, college advising, certification and license advising, and further development of workforce skills training, and employment assistance with STEM and healthcare employers in their field.

Making a Difference

Providing assistance and resources to the surrounding West Side Chicago communities is central to Rush's commitment to being a catalyst for community health and vitality by dismantling barriers to health (e.g. disparities in education, employment, healthcare, and other areas), and by promoting health equity both within and outside of Rush.

Center for Community Health Equity Summer Internship

The Center for Community Health Equity is offering an eight-week, 40 hours per week internship program for four highly motivated undergraduate college students currently in their junior or senior year with a strong interest in research, health disparities, and community relations. The summer internship is designed to give relevant and needed exposure to students seeking careers in the health sciences and research. Summer interns will be provided compensation for the experience. No travel or housing accommodations are provided.

During the internship, students will:

  • Understand the historical structural inequities that impact health outcomes in communities in Chicago, with a focus on West Side communities.
  • Learn how to conduct research in a major research institution through weekly educational sessions, forums, discussion groups, workshops, and field observations.
  • Develop a team-based research project centered on how families from a West Side Chicago community attain educational success.  The work is under the supervision of faculty members in community engagement and health equity. Projects will include a final oral presentation.
  • Experience community engagement in research through community visits and event planning.
  • Attain writing skills necessary to submit an working research paper for review.

College Career Pathways

The College Career Pathways program is offering an eight-week, 32 hours per week internship program for twelve highly motivated undergraduate college students with a strong interest in nursing, radiology & diagnostic, Information Technology (IT), public/community health, and many more healthcare careers. The summer internship is designed to give relevant and needed exposure to hands-on workforce skills, on-the-job training, and provide the opportunity to gain industry-related credentials for those students seeking careers in the health sciences. Interns will be provided compensation for Summer and Winter Break experience. No travel or housing accommodations are provided.

During the internship, students will:

  • Gain hand-on learning and training, working alongside medical students, nursing, and doctors in various departments of the medical centers and/or their partner organizations.
  • Connect with STEM and healthcare career mentors for advisement on next steps focused on networking, further development of workforce skills, and employment assistance.
  • Experience community engagement through community visits and event planning.
  • Understand the historical structural inequities that impact health outcomes in communities in Chicago, with a focus on West Side communities.

Program Highlights