I’m not one to share too much about myself on here, but if there’s anything to know about me – it’s that I’m a nutrition undergraduate seeking to expand my public health knowledge and nutrition-related experiences in preparation for applying to dietetic internships. Besides the vague resume jargon being said, I applied to COPE Health Solutions’ Clinical Care Extenders Internship that offers the opportunity for pre-health professionals to participate in basic patient care in a hospital setting because I wanted to know more about clinical dietetics and to gain a first-hand understanding of collaboration between current health professionals (dietitians included).
The CCE Internship is offered mostly at various hospitals across Southern California, including Citrus Valley Health Partners in Covina, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach and Irvine, Riverside Community Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard and Camarillo, St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Apart from these Southern California locations, the internship is also available at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
All completed online, the application first consists of creating an account, giving your basic information, education and work history, and selecting your top three preferred campuses to volunteer at. It isn’t it too complicated, but there are four essay questions asking your prior experiences, career goals, interpretation of COPE Health Solutions Core Values, and patient care. There are typically several deadlines each year since interns are admitted on rolling basis into different cohorts. If you miss one, don’t worry. Just make sure that you are aware of the next deadline and for which cohort it is. COPE Health solutions has a wonderful chart of these dates on their website.
Once the admissions and recruitment team has looked over your application, they may offer you the chance to interview in a group setting. I’m not sure how it is for other applicants, but in my case, I was able to interview at my first choice location. If you go through this process, don’t stress because the CCE leadership team, that interviews you at which ever campus, is very friendly and is open to answering any concerns that you have. Questions in this round normally entail what you would like to get out of this experience, why you are best suited to be a clinical care extender intern, and situational questions.
The Health Clearance Appointment
Within a week after the interview, the program may send an acceptance email to you along with details of setting up a health clearance appointment. In order to proceed in the internship, you must be Basic Life Support(CPR)-certified, have health insurance, pay a program fee of $135, have positive titre results for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, Hepatitis B, and Varicella, and be cleared for Tdap and Tuberculosis. If you’re kind of confused at this point, I’ll explain. A titre is a laboratory test that measures the level of antibodies in a blood sample taken from you and can be done at your doctor’s office or certain community clinics. If your results are declared as positive, they mean that you have developed immunity, but if your results are negative or equivocal, you’ll need to get a booster shot for that antigen/disease. Make sure that you complete these requirements before your health clearance appointment with the program. Some of these tests can’t be rushed and procrastination is really not recommended.
Interested in applying to be a CCE intern? Any other questions? Feel free to comment. I’ll discuss the three mandatory intensive training days in the next part.