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Rehabilitation Health Career Opportunity Program

The Health Career Opportunity Program at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation offers candidates with minimal clinical experience the opportunity to explore a variety of health professions.

Available to college students, recent college graduates, and high school seniors who are at least 18 years old, this free program consists of three internship sessions that are each 4 weeks long and provide participants with hands-on, observational clinical experience in a variety of health fields.

Founded by Howard A. Rusk, MD, and sponsored by the Wallace Foundation (originally known as the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund), the program has graduated more than 5,700 students in its 50-year history.

Internship Training and Schedule

As a student in our program, you are assigned to a single specialty for each full four-week session. Participation is entirely voluntary, and interns do not receive a salary or stipend.

Internships take place Monday through Friday at Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, or NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center East 38th Street. All group activities take place at Tisch Hospital.

Each of the three internship sessions opens with orientation at 8:00AM on the first day, during which you receive an overview of the program as well as details on general responsibilities, dress code, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, fire safety, and the hospital’s code of conduct. During orientation, you also receive a program jacket and a photo identification card. If applicable, you may also receive scrubs or a lab coat. You must return all apparel and your photo identification card on the last day of each session.

You can expect to start the day between 8:00AM and 9:00AM, depending on your supervisor, and end the day at 4:00PM. You spend most of the day observing healthcare professionals and the roles they play in your assigned specialty. Each day at 3:00PM, you join your fellow interns for a 1-hour lecture about rehabilitation medicine and hospital care. There are also weekly conferences during which interns are invited to discuss medical ethics and the different types of obstacles that people with mobility issues face.

Our internship sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • session one: Monday, May 24, 2021, to Friday, June 18, 2021
  • session two: Monday, June 21, 2021, to Friday, July 16, 2021
  • session three: Monday, July 19, 2021, to Friday, August 13, 2021
  • session one and two for research and population health only: Monday, May 24, 2021, to Friday, July 16, 2021
  • session two and three for research, population health, and emergency medicine only: Monday, June 21, 2021, to Friday, August 13, 2021

The number of internship specialties that students participate in changes every year. After completing each session, you take a final exam that tests your knowledge of material covered in group meetings, lectures, and discussions. Students who pass the final exam receive a signed certificate displaying their name and completion of 140 hours of observation and instruction at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation.

Depending on your academic institution, it may be possible to receive school credit for participating in our program. Please check with your school’s administrator.

Internship Housing

Interns who are accepted into the program receive information on how to apply for summer housing at NYU, which is available for all three internship sessions. We typically reserve a floor in an NYU dorm. To ensure you secure a spot and improve your chances of being placed with another intern participating in the Health Career Opportunity Program, we encourage you to apply for housing as soon as you are accepted. During orientation, we also provide interns who plan to commute with travel information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the program, email us at Although email is strongly preferred, you can also call 212-263-6496.