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.
- 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.
Internship Position Descriptions
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.
- 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.
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.
Graphic Design / Editorial Intern
Writes and edits documents for various resource development projects and for Church Health’s online publication, www.chreader.org. Interns will have the opportunity to both edit existing documents and produce original content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healthcare Administration / Clinic Intern
Works in all areas of the medical clinic to provide assistance with everyday tasks and special assignments. Works on special projects to become familiar with daily operations and the “behind the scenes” work of management and program development. Responsibilities will be given in four work areas of the clinic: medical clinic, dispensary, patient referrals and the front desk. Opportunities may include: working on quality improvement projects; running and collecting data; developing patient/staff education and training materials; and gathering diagnostic test reports. 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.
Westberg Institute Intern
Assists the Westberg Institute staff with data entry and training support in preparation for events, trainings and conferences. Strong computer and typing skills as well as a high level of attention to detail are necessary for this role as data entry is a major focus.
UPP (Family Counseling/ Social Work) Intern
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.
Administrative/Event Planning Intern
Help write and distribute minutes for various programmatic meeting. Works alongside assistant to Senior Directors to help plan and execute conferences and workshops for both internal and external teams. Event examples: Westberg Symposium, Replication Workshop, and Memphis Health Ministry Coaching (formerly known as the Clergy Conference). Applicants should be comfortable with Office 365 applications.
Application Deadlines & Timeline
Applications due by October 15
Interviews held October-November
Final decisions made by December 1
January start date
Applications due by March 15
Interviews held April-May
Final decisions made by April 20
June start date
Applications due by June 15
Interviews held July-August
Final decisions made by July 20
September start date
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Church Health?
What do you provide for interns?
Who can be a Church Health intern?
- 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?
Do I get paid or can I receive academic credit for an internship position?
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?
Who will I work with?
What if I want to intern, but I can’t commit to the required hours or the number of weeks?
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?
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?
Spring placement: application due October 15
Summer placement: application due March 15
Fall placement: Application due June 15