What does the Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program consist of?
The Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program is a ONEYEAR commitment that consists of work on pre-designated clinical and non-clinical tasks at Crossroad Health Center as well as innovation of new ways to use the unique time and talents of interns to serve the patients, providers, and staff of the clinic. The program is broken into the following three pieces.
ONE SHIFT A WEEK
Each intern is required to commit to one full 4 hour shift every week. Available shifts times and locations will be announced upon opening of each application cycle. Availability will be considered in the selection of new interns.
ONE GROUP MEETING A MONTH
Interns meet as a group outside of clinic hours for clinical training, case study presentations, program coordination, and reflection on program experiences once a month.
ONE CLASS CAPSTONE PROJECT
Each class of interns works together to form a capstone project to be completed before the end of their year in the program.
What will my 4 hour shift look like?
Opportunities at the clinic are offered in a ‘tiered’ system – ensuring that interns are fully trained and prepared for the clinical tasks to which they are assigned. As interns complete more shifts and rotations, they gradually earn more responsibility – and are trusted with more complex clinical tasks. All activities, however small, help the clinic run more efficiently and contribute to the wellbeing of the community that we serve. Below are some of the typical experiences of interns as they progress through the program, but day to day activities vary greatly and are certainly not limited to the lists below.
- provider shadowing
- training in computer system
- tracking patient referrals
- completing tasks assigned by providers
- managing exam rooms
- pre-visit planning meetings
- pediatric nutrition education
- medical interpretation if applicable
In addition to the above tasks, interns may become involved with various special interest projects such as Tobacco Treatment Group and diabetic patient assistance.
What do you consider when selecting a new class of interns for the Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program?
Primarily, our program is targeted towards pre-medical and pre-health professionals who are interested in gaining clinical, face-to-face interaction with patients in a low-income community.We are looking for hardworking, dedicated, and reliable individuals that conduct themselves professionally and compassionately. This is a wonderful opportunity but also a large commitment of time and energy, which is important to keep in mind when applying.
How do I apply?
The Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program recruits new interns 3 times a year — the weeks prior to Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Semester. Application to the Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program is a competitive process with three basic components:
1. Personal Statement (1 page single-spaced) - Why do you want to volunteer at Crossroad Health Center?
2. Professional Resume
3. Online Application
The recruitment cycle for the Theta Class will open in March 2015. You may submit your resume and personal statement to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime between March 14th at 8am and March 27th at 8am. Please attach your resume and personal statement as one PDF with the title in the format of LastName_FirstName.pdf. Upon receipt of your resume and personal statement, you will be sent a link to an online application to be completed by 8am on March 28th. Interviews will be held during the week of March 30th.
Can I have the summer off?
We prefer interns that can make a continuous, year-long commitment. However, if you are accepted and complete one rotation, you may submit a Rotation Postponement Request for a summer.
What if I am not accepted after the interview?
We have 3 application cycles per year and encourage reapplication. All acceptances are relative to the applicant pool, so multiple applications may be necessary.
Crossroad Health Center has three locations. One is located in Over the Rhine (OTR), one in the Price Hill area on the west side of Cincinnati, and the new Harrison location. All locations see adult and pediatric patients, although the West side location has a greater number of pediatric patients.