Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply?

We accept applicants who are 18 years or older, including high school students or students matriculated in college or university. If you are a high school senior please send us your most up-to-date grades with your application by the deadline. If you are a college freshman, please send us your high school transcript until you receive your first semester grades. When you receive additional grades in December/January, please send them as well and we will attach them to your application packet. The transcript can be unofficial. You do not have to go through the registrar to obtain an official transcript. Admission is highly selective. All the PDF application materials and web form applications must be submitted by the deadline. A completed PDF application consists of the two pages downloaded from the application packet, your personal statement, and either an official or unofficial copy of your transcript, in this order. Glue a recent photograph of yourself in the lower right corner of your application, as requested in the application packet. Applications submitted with any missing information or applications postmarked after the deadline cannot be considered. A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 is a minimum for acceptance to the program.

What are the admission guidelines?

We accept applicants who are 18 years or older, including high school students or students matriculated in college or university. If you are a high school senior please send us your most up-to-date grades with your application by the deadline. If you are a college freshman, please send us your high school transcript until you receive your first semester grades. When you receive additional grades in December/January, please send them as well and we will attach them to your application packet. The transcript can be unofficial. You do not have to go through the registrar to obtain an official transcript. Admission is highly selective. All the PDF application materials and web form applications must be submitted by the deadline. A completed PDF application consists of the two pages downloaded from the application packet, your personal statement, and either an official or unofficial copy of your transcript, in this order.  Glue a recent photograph of yourself in the lower right corner of your application, as requested in the application packet.  Applications submitted with any missing information or applications postmarked after the deadline cannot be considered. A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 is a minimum for acceptance to the program.

All application materials including transcripts, as well as personal resumes, must be placed in a large envelope, unfolded and unstapled, and sent together in a single mailing. Any optional letter of recommendation and resume must be placed in the same envelope, following the transcript pages. If your letter of recommendation is sealed, do not open it, just include the sealed recommendation letter in the envelope.  If your recommendation can only be sent directly to me, place a note on top of your application that a letter of recommendation will be sent separately.

Will I be able to rotate between different departments?

No. The HCOP is not a rotational program. You will be assigned to one unit for four weeks. There are cases in which department supervisors coordinate with their colleagues to allow students to see other departments but this is rare and infrequent.

Can I participate in the HCOP again?

In general, the HCOP aims to provide new students with limited exposure to health careers the opportunity to explore various health professions. However, under special circumstances, students may have the opportunity to work again in the HCOP. One such circumstance may be if a departmental supervisor requests a student’s return for the completion of an ongoing research project.

What is a typical day like?

Each student spends the majority of the day interning in the department to which he or she is assigned. At the end of the day, all of the students in the program meet as a large group to attend informative and interesting lectures held by medical professionals from several of the program departments as well as watch engaging movies related to disability and rehabilitation medicine. Students also meet for weekly small group conferences to have interactive discussions about medical ethics and problems faced by individuals with various types of handicaps and disabilities.

What are the days and hours of participation for the program?

The program runs Monday thru Friday. Depending on the department and the supervisor to which the student is assigned, the day begins somewhere between 8am and 9am. The day ends at 4pm for all students.

How much does the program cost?

The program is free.

How much does the program pay?

The program does not pay a stipend or a salary. Participation is completely voluntary.

Is there any available housing?

Yes, students interning in the Health Career Opportunity Program may stay in NYU Summer Housing, and NYU Summer Housing will be available for all three sessions.  If you are accepted into the HCOP, you will receive further instruction about applying for NYU Summer Housing along with your acceptance materials. For information regarding summer housing at NYU, visit www.nyu.edu/housing/summer.

Does the HCOP offer any non-summer internships?

No. The HCOP operates during the summer only.

Can I receive school credits for participation in the HCOP?

Although it is possible to receive school credits for participation in the HCOP, any student attempting to do so must carry out the procedures necessitated by his or her academic institution in an independent manner. The HCOP itself does not guarantee school credits to any of its participants as it is not an academic course but rather a voluntary internship.

How can I apply to the HCOP?

If you are interested in applying to the HCOP, you must download and complete the Application Packet, which can be found on this website by clicking the http://med.nyu.edu/rusk/educationtraining/health-careers/how-apply link. Please read all directions carefully and fill out all of the given fields in both the Web Form and the PDF Form. Mail the completed PDF Application Packet along with your most recent transcript (official or unofficial) and personal statement in a single large envelope. If you choose to send any letters of recommendation and/or a resume, both of which are optional, you must send them together with the rest of the application materials in the SAME large envelope. The mailing address to which you must send all materials is provided in the Application Packet.

Should I send an official or unofficial transcript along with my application materials?

You may send either an official or unofficial transcript - one is not preferred over the other. However, you must send your most recent transcript along with the rest of your application materials in a single large envelope. Do NOT have an official transcript mailed to us separately by your school.

How long should I make the personal statement?

Try to limit your personal statement to one page, single spaced or two pages double spaced.

How will I know if I am accepted into the HCOP?

If you are accepted into the HCOP, you will be contacted in early March. Your acceptance letter (sent by e-mail) will include information such as the department and session to which you have been assigned, where to arrive on the first day of the program, and an Employee Health Form to be completed before the first day of your session. If you are not accepted, you will also be contacted via e-mail by early April. Because both acceptance and non-acceptance materials will be sent via e-mail, it is CRITICAL that you provide in your application an e-mail address that you check on a regular basis.

If accepted, do I need to provide the HCOP with any health forms?

Yes. If you are accepted, an Employee Health Form will be sent to you along with your acceptance letter via email. You must have this form completed and signed by your physician before the first day of your session. It is of utmost importance that you complete these forms to their entirety and follow all of the instructions. If you do not have your health form completed before the first day of your session, and brought with you on the first day of your session, you will be dismissed from the program.

Any accepted student must provide (on the Employee Health Form) PPD test results that have been read within 3 months of the first day of the session to which that student has been assigned. All of the blanks must be filled in completely and signed off by a physician or nurse practitioner.

If accepted, what should I bring with me on the first day of the program?

You must bring your completed Employee Health Form with you on the first day of your session. Students must also bring writing utensils to complete pre-test information and forms for administrative purposes in the hospital. You may also choose to bring a folder, as many forms are handed out to students during orientation.

What should I expect to do on the first day of my program session?

On the first day of each session, students arrive at 8:00 am for an orientation meeting conducted by Mr. Goldfinger and the Assistant Director of the program. An overview of the program, general responsibilities, and hospital rules are reviewed. New York State law requires that all medical center employees watch informative videos concerning HIPAA and fire safety. The HIPAA video concerns confidentiality and privacy issues that may arise while working in the medical center and the fire safety video concerns the protocol in the event of an emergency at the medical center. In addition to fulfilling HIPAA and fire safety requirements, the students are informed of the medical center’s Code of Conduct as they are made aware of the responsibilities of their position and are lectured on hospital safety regulations. Students are medically cleared by the employee health service following a thorough overview of their Employee Health Forms, and are additionally asked to complete pre-evaluation questionnaires to assess their knowledge of health careers, attitudes toward the disabled, and career goals prior to entering the program. After the successful completion of all previously mentioned tasks, each student will receive a photo identification badge and a professional coat, which they are directed to wear throughout their time in their respective departments. The students are then personally escorted to their individual departments to meet their supervisors and become acquainted with the staff.

** Further instruction regarding the exact location(s) to which accepted students must report and the time(s) at which the students must report there on the first day of their program sessions will be included along with acceptance materials.

If accepted into the HCOP, what should I wear?

Students are expected to dress professionally - this means no revealing clothing. All students must wear closed-toe shoes. Students can wear dress pants, appropriate length skirts and dressed, blouses, button-ups, etc. This is business casual. On the first day of the program, students will receive an HCOP jacket and a photo ID. Some students will be provided with scrubs and/or lab coats as deemed necessary by certain departments. Students must return all borrowed apparel and photo IDs on the last day of the program.

Will I receive any sort of certification of my internship at the end of the program?

At the end of each session, all students are required to take a final exam with questions pertaining to material covered in the group meetings, lectures and discussions. The ultimate purpose of the final exam is to ensure that students pay close attention during lectures held by the medical professionals and read the assigned discussion articles in a thorough manner. All students participating in the program typically pass the final exam with scores averaging in the 80- to 90-percentile range, marking their successful completion of the program. After a student has passed the final exam, he or she will receive a signed certificate displaying their name and completion of 140 hours of observation and instruction within the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine.

What should I do if I feel ill at any time during the program?

Should you feel considerably ill at any time during the program, you are advised to visit the NYU Emergency Room (located at 550 1st Avenue; phone: 212-263-5550).

What are the best modes of transportation to and from the medical center?

During orientation, you will receive information about bus routes that you may choose to take advantage of during your time in the program.

How can I contact the HCOP with questions or concerns?

The best way to contact the HCOP is by e-mail. E-mails are checked on a regular basis and are answered in a timely fashion.