Internship Opportunities


Church Health Internships

Church Health offers a variety of internship experiences that can help you grow both personally and professionally. In our active, faith-based health ministry, students explore their passions and foster their gifts through many different professional and educational opportunities. Internships are offered three times a year during the spring, summer and fall semesters.

The internship application is online; we do not accept paper applications.

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent and  have completed a minimum of one semester of college.
    • All applicants applying for clinic internship positions must be rising juniors or above
  • Preference will be given to applicants currently enrolled in college classes.
  • Applicants must be able to make a commitment of at least one semester (fall, spring or summer), serving at least eight hours per week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks.
  • Certain positions have prerequisite experience or require additional paperwork or a writing sample. Please read the position descriptions carefully and include requested information. While interns are expected to be knowledgeable in their areas, on-the-job training is provided. Interns also have access to a variety of professional development opportunities.
  • We currently do not have any clinical opportunities for graduate nursing students.

Important to Know

  • All Church Health internships are unpaid internships. Academic credit is available for internship positions when the program is available through your college or university.
  • The Church Health Internship Program operates under strict deadlines. Applications received after the posted deadlines will not be considered.
  • Due to the high volume of applications, Church Health is unable to return individual emails or phone calls. You will be contacted if you have been selected for an interview. Decisions are made six to eight weeks after the application deadline.
  • Note to applicants for The Well (Child Life) internships: Church Health is a non-traditional Child Life setting and will not satisfy credit through the Child Life Council. Also, this internship requires a minimum of 12 hours per week.
  • Interns are not allowed to shadow physicians during their internship, and we cannot guarantee that there will be direct patient contact.

Available Internship Positions

Research Intern

The Research Intern will support the research programming within Church Health and the Healthy Memphis Initiative.  Responsibilities will include assisting with design and facilitation of projects, maintenance and analysis of data, drafting of abstracts, manuscripts, and contributing to grant applications. A background or major in biology, biomedical sciences, health sciences, psychology, or public health is preferable, along with an awareness of basic science research. Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required. Additional opportunities for collaboration are available with investigators at the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Christian Brothers University, Rhodes, Methodist/LeBonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Crosstown Concourse, Common Table Health Alliance, various partners in healthcare, and community-based organizations.

Administrative & Event Management Intern

Works with Executive Assistants, providing additional administrative support for programmatic projects, events and internal meetings. Responsibilities will focus on two roles: internal meeting facilitation and event management. Meeting facilitation role entails: helping gather agenda items, taking meeting minutes for distribution, emailing meeting attendees with reminders and meeting materials, and assisting with meeting room setup. Event management role entails:  helping create planning documents i.e. event timeline, helping to coordinate planning meetings, assist with day-of event execution, assist with post event activities and debriefings. Attention to details is critical. May work with other work areas, depending on the nature of the event, to accomplish responsibilities. Working hours are within normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Ability to drive to event venue is preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

Eye Clinic/ Optometry Intern

Optometry interns work directly with the optometrists, making sure that materials and paperwork are ready for patients, as well as collecting patient information and scheduling appointments both on site and off site. Interns will be trained on all tasks, technology and skills needed to be successful in the role; however, an interest in the field is a plus. Eagerness to learn and efficient and effective communication are a must for eye clinic interns.

Physical Rehabilitation Intern
Performs designated and supervised routine therapy tasks, as trained by and under the direction of licensed therapists. Other duties include set up and cleaning of treatment areas and equipment as well as assisting with clerical duties. Applicants must be able to able to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Additional hours may be available.

Graphic Design / Editorial Intern

Writes and edits documents for various resource development projects and for Church Health’s online publication, Interns will have the opportunity to both edit existing documents and produce original content.

Wellness Education Intern

Works in partnership with the education coordinators and specialists to plan and promote various programs. Specific days are required for work in this department; indicate clearly on your application what days and times you are available during the week.

Faith Community Engagement Intern

Works with the Faith Community Engagement team to cultivate relationships with individuals and congregations to encourage, educate and equip people to build and sustain healing ministries.

Healthcare Administration/Referrals Intern

Works on special projects to become familiar with daily operations and the “behind the scenes” work of management and program development. Opportunities may include: working on quality improvement projects; running and collecting data; developing patient/staff education and training materials; and gathering diagnostic test reports and/or working within the referrals department. Applicants must be available to work during normal hours, Monday through Friday, and it is a plus if candidates are bilingual in Spanish.

Please note: interns are not allowed to shadow physicians during their internship and we cannot guarantee that there will be direct patient contact.

The Well (formerly Child Life) Intern

Promotes daily health and wellness through educational and recreational opportunities focused on the following root causes: physical activity, nutrition, self-esteem, body image, safety education and violence prevention. Interns will provide direct and indirect developmentally-appropriate support to children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old, promote a physically and emotionally safe play and learning environment for children, function as a valuable member of a team-focused work environment, and experience diverse opportunities for professional development. All interns must work a minimum of 12 hours a week. Please note that this internship is a non-traditional Child Life setting and does not satisfy credit through the Child Life Council.

Organizational Development Intern

Workforce Engagement seeks to support staff through identification, development and promotion of cultural and learning opportunities to better improve staff well-being. These include our service-learning program, staff culture program, and others. The WE intern will assist staff in developing, implementing, promoting and evaluating learning and staff engagement initiatives and is expected to lead culture and engagement projects on an ongoing basis. Interested candidates should be comfortable with ambiguity, be self-directed, able to balance multiple projects simultaneously, be dependable, have great communication skills and have a high level of computer literacy with a focus on Microsoft applications.

Dental Intern

Experience the daily operations of a dental clinic and gain experience through observation and hands-on activities. Applicants must be available to work during normal work hours, Monday-Friday.

Business (MEMPHIS Plan) Intern

Assists in business and program development for the Church Health’s employer-sponsored healthcare plan for small businesses and the self-employed.

Communications Intern

Writes and edits press releases and other copy for quarterly newsletter, ads and articles for print and web. Works alongside the Communications Director on media pitching, media interviews and broadcast appearances. Contacts Church Health patients for interviews to be used for fundraising and internal communications. Helps the Communications team ensure brand standards. Filming and editing experience is a plus. Applicants must be able to use Office 365 products.

Development Intern

The Development intern supports the Church Health mission and outreach by helping facilitate donor, partner and stakeholder outreach, correspondence and stewardship and contributing to fundraising and communications strategy. Responsibilities include: Process in-kind and holiday gifts into CRM and follow appropriate steps to create corresponding acknowledgment letters, prepare acknowledgment letters and meter envelopes, make phone calls and answer telephones for general Development purposes. gather and share appropriate information.

Application Deadlines & Timeline

Spring placement:
Applications due by October 15
Interviews held October-November
Final decisions made by December 1
January start date

Summer placement:
Applications due by March 15
Interviews held April-May
Final decisions made mid-May
June start date

Fall placement:
Applications due by June 15
Interviews held July-August
Final decisions made mid-August
September start date


What is Church Health?
Church Health is a faith-based healthcare organization that seeks to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits. We provide healthcare for the working uninsured and promote healthy bodies and spirits for all. Church Health has three areas of ministry: Medical, Wellness and Outreach.
What do you provide for interns?
An internship at Church Health is a great opportunity to gain relevant experience in your chosen field. Interns work with professionals and develop meaningful relationships with other interns within the program. Internships are unpaid.
Who can be a Church Health intern?
Interns should meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate or equivalent and have completed a minimum of one semester of college.
  • All applicants applying for clinic internship positions must be rising juniors or above.
  • Must make a commitment of at least one semester (fall, spring, or summer), serving at least eight hours per week, preferably for 10‐12 weeks.
What are expectations of Church Health interns?
Church Health interns are treated with the same respect as staff members and are expected to follow the same rules and guidelines. All interns must attend an intern orientation and are asked to commit to the policies and procedures of the Intern Handbook.
Do I get paid or can I receive academic credit for an internship position?
All Church Health internships are unpaid internships. Academic credit is available for internship positions when the program is available through your education institution. Church Health is glad to provide documentation of a completed internship and to complete the forms needed from your educational institution.

Note to applicants for Child Life Education and Movement: Church Health is a non‐traditional Child Life setting and will not satisfy credit through the Child Life Council.

Do I need to be a Christian to work at Church Health?
It is not required that any staff member of Church Health identify as Christian or be active in a faith community in any form. However, Church Health is a faith‐centered organization and all applicants must be devoted to the mission and virtues of Church Health.
Who will I work with?
Each intern reports to a supervisor who oversees day‐to‐day activities and provides guidance. The Volunteer Coordinator works with the supervisors and interns to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.
What if I want to intern, but I can’t commit to the required hours or the number of weeks?
It is required that all interns work at least 8 hours per week; it is preferred that interns work for 10‐12 weeks consecutively. If you are unable to commit to the number of hours per week, you may consider volunteering for Church Health. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

If you are able to intern for a period of less than 10 weeks, you may indicate that on your application and can still be considered for an internship.

How do I apply for an internship?

Interested applicants should submit an online application to be considered for available internship positions. Please make sure your application is completely filled out. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide thoughtful, in‐depth responses to the short‐answer questions.

Due to the high volume of applications, Church Health is unable to respond to individual emails or phone calls. Selected candidates will be contacted by Church Health staff to schedule interviews, either in person or over the phone, six to eight weeks after application deadlines. Decisions are made shortly after interviews.

What are the application deadlines?
The Church Health Internship Program operates under strict deadlines.

Spring placement: application due October 15

Summer placement: application due March 15

Fall placement: Application due June 15

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