Health Career Opportunity Program Internships
Interns in the Health Career Opportunity Program at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation work alongside world-renowned specialists in their fields. The number of health fields students can participate in changes every year. This year’s specialties are as follows.
Students receive daily assignments in the operating room covering several surgical specialties, including cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, plastic surgery, and urology. Students learn about anesthesia and how to safely prepare patients for surgery. They are expected to read about cases the night before surgery to maximize the learning experience. Under an attending anesthesiologist’s supervision, students also give a case presentation to a small group of department members.
Students learn about the role a registered nurse (RN) care manager plays in ensuring patients receive the care and services they need while they are hospitalized and when they are discharged. Students receive insights on patient advocacy, public and private insurance reimbursement policies, and the responsible use of resources. They also learn how to review charts to assess patients and their needs in this niche area of nursing.
Clinical Nutrition and Food Services
Students divide their time between shadowing nutritionists and working in our food service facilities. While shadowing nutritionists, students have the opportunity to observe the entire medical team during rounds and conferences. They also learn how to read charts, conduct patient interviews, and offer nutritional counseling. While working in our food service facilities, students can help prepare food as well as assist in developing the hospital’s food service budget.
Comparative Veterinary Medicine
Students work alongside specialists who provide veterinary care and regulatory oversight for animals in our research laboratories. Students get insights on clinical rounds and procedures as well as animal research protocols determined by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Students also learn to perform basic clinical procedures and to assess and correct common clinical and operational issues in the vivarium.
Creative Arts Therapy
Students work with music and art therapists in various clinical settings and participate in creative arts therapy sessions with both adult and pediatric patients.
Students spend half their time shadowing modality-specific technologists to see how to perform ultrasounds, X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. They spend the balance of their time in radiology reading rooms, shadowing medical students, residents, and faculty and learning about image interpretation. Students are expected to attend didactic lectures that introduce them to radiographic anatomy. Students also work with a faculty adviser to draft a case report for an online publication that they must complete by the end of the four-week internship.
Students receive exposure in several specialties, including social work, internal medicine, stroke, orthopedic immediate care, and sports medicine. Those who choose this specialty must commit to two sessions and follow our schedule.
Students sit in with horticultural therapists and experience direct patient contact during individual, group, and co-treatment sessions with pediatric and adult patients. They also learn to help patients use charts to track their goals and progress.
Students shadow a nurse practitioner or a group of staff nurses, depending on their assignment, and gain insights on their interactions with inpatients, outpatients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. Students learn about various medications and procedures in a specialized nursing setting.
Students observe and assist occupational therapists during sessions with patients and can experience direct patient contact daily. They also help therapists prepare materials and equipment needed for patient treatment.
Students shadow pharmacists on rounds and assist them in various tasks. By working in a hospital pharmacy and retail division, students perform a broad range of diverse job roles. Students may also be assigned to inpatient or outpatient settings and have the opportunity to participate in research projects.
Students observe and assist physical therapists during sessions with patients every day and help prepare materials and equipment needed for patient treatment. Depending on availability, students may be placed in a number of subspecialties, including pediatric, adult, inpatient, outpatient, acute, cardiac, pulmonary, and vestibular physical therapy.
Students shadow physician assistants and learn about various medications and procedures within specialized settings. They observe how physician assistants interact with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Under appropriate supervision, students can observe patient appointments and even specialized procedures.
Students gain insights on health policy and how to improve the health of populations in New York City and around the globe. Students must commit to two sessions and can choose between the first two sessions and the second two sessions.
Students may participate in group cognitive and interpersonal remedial training sessions and, under appropriate supervision, give structured feedback to patients. Students also assist staff in preparing program training materials, as well as conducting literature searches and entering data into spreadsheets for ongoing research projects.
Students attend rounds and conferences alongside attending physicians and residents and learn about physical medicine and rehabilitation. They attend therapy sessions across various subspecialties and track progress for patients they see during rounds or who they discuss during conferences.
Under appropriate supervision, students assist psychologists who are conducting research projects with data entry, data processing, literature searches, some writing of research protocol, and basic statistics. Students can choose from various research projects when filling out their application, including stroke, cardiopulmonary, pediatrics, musculoskeletal, vision rehabilitation, and research administration. Students must commit to at least two sessions and can choose between the first two sessions and the second two sessions. Students can also participate in all three sessions.
Students shadow a social worker during meetings with inpatients and outpatients, and learn how to assess clients and write summaries and comments about the patients they meet. Students can also practice counseling and evaluation with staff members who role-play as patients.
Speech–Language Pathology and Swallowing
Students observe speech therapy sessions and help to perform evaluative procedures such as modified barium swallows through a daily in-service training. Students may have the opportunity to observe pediatric and adult cases.
Students observe vocational counselors as they assist patients who have injuries or disabilities and who plan to pursue academic goals or enter or return to the workforce. Students help organize patient charts, score exams, and add job opportunities to the database.