MaineHealth Non-Clinical Summer Internship Program

2017 interns

MaineHealth's Non-Clinical Summer Internship Program is a terrific opportunity for students to gain valuable insight and experience in a corporate healthcare setting. This program is based primarily at the MaineHealth corporate office in Portland, ME. These are paid positions. Students will each be paired with a MaineHealth employee who will be their preceptor and mentor for the summer. The preceptor will assign several tasks and projects to the student. In addition to working closely with their preceptor, the interns will attend several lunch & learn sessions throughout the summer. These sessions include discussions with MaineHealth senior leaders, informative presentations about how to write effective resumes and cover letters, and mock-interview sessions to practice answering behavior-based interview questions. Click here to see the calendar of mandatory lunch & learn sessions.

Eligibility

To be considered for a position with the MaineHealth Non-Clinical Summer Internship Program, you must be a student attending an accredited educational institution (college, university, graduate school, medical school, etc.) You must be enrolled as a half-time or full-time student. 

Apply to the MaineHealth Non-Clinical Summer Internship Program

Submit your application materials between February 1st - March 16th.

Application materials:

Email your application materials to:

Bonnie Carleton
Health Educator, Education and Training Program
Internship Coordinator
bcarleton@mainehealth.org

 

Available positions 

These are the positions that are available for this summer. Please indicate on your application which of these positions you are most interested in.

 

Internship position #1

Department: Education and Training Program

40 hours a week, June – August

This intern will collaborate primarily with the Education and Training Program and will complete a wide variety of tasks related to healthy living and patient experience.

 Responsibilities will include:

- Assisting with creation and/or standardization of patient education materials at a system level.

- Creating material to be featured on the MaineHealth website.

- Writing social media and blog content.

- Assisting with daily functions at the Learning Resource Center.

- Conducting surveys and analyzing the results.

- Assisting with the opioid education & communication workgroup.

- Designing work plans and/or flow charts.

 

Internship position #2

Department: Chronic Disease Program

20 hours a week, June – August

This intern will work with the diabetes team in their goal to support MaineHealth members in proving high quality care to patients with diabetes.

Responsibilities will include:

- Conducting an assessment of successful comprehensive diabetes initiatives around the country.

- Reviewing charts to ensure that A1C values are entered correctly.

- Conducting informal interviews and summarizing the results.

-Synthesizing date and producing reports and/or charts.

- Evaluating Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) and producing a presentation about it.

 

Internship position #3

Department: Center for Tobacco Independence

40 hours a week, June – August

This intern will collaborate primarily with the Center for Tobacco Independence’s Training & Education team.

Responsibilities will include:

- Designing and distributing electronic surveys to evaluate knowledge gained and behavior changes from skill-based trainings.

- Conducting secondary data analysis.

- Conducting focus groups.

- Assisting with marketing strategies and promoting educational events.

 

Internship position #4

Department: Center for Tobacco Independence

20 hours a week, June – August

This intern will collaborate primarily with the Center for Tobacco Independence’s Provider Engagement team.

Responsibilities will include:

- Designing and distributing electronic surveys to evaluate the process and outcomes for new engagement initiatives.

- Conducting provider interviews and/or focus groups.

- Conducting secondary data analysis.

 

Internship position #5

Department: Prevention & Wellness  

40 hours a week, June – August

 This intern will focus on activities within the Prevention & Wellness program. Topics will include: healthy hospital food service efforts, local food procurement, food insecurity prevention, colorectal cancer screening, pre-diabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

 Responsibilities will include:

- Compiling and assessing data.

- Increasing marketing and communication efforts.

- Visiting MaineHealth member and affiliate hospitals.

 

Internship position #6

Department: Access to Care Program

40 hours a week, June – August

This intern will primarily help with the Maine Health Access Foundation advocacy grant.

Responsibilities will include:

- Collecting patient stories.

- Compiling stories to be shared with local and state legislature.

- Assisting the coverage team to help consumers navigate complicated systems to get free or low-cost healthcare coverage.

 

Internship position #7

Department: Digital Strategy

40 hours a week, June – August

This intern will assist the Digital Strategy with a wide variety of projects.

Responsibilities will include:

- Creating and editing MaineHealth website pages.

- Developing and implementing social media initiatives.

- Utilizing search engine optimization and website analytics.

- Improving user experience.

- Involvement with website development projects.

 

Internship position #8

Department: Center for Performance Improvement

8-16 hours a week, June – August

This intern will primarily help to increase awareness of the successes that have resulted from the Operational Excellence (OpEx) initiatives.

Responsibilities will include:

- Exploring strategies to boost our public relations and share the successes that OpEx has achieved throughout the system.

- Implementing and assessing strategies, which may include short videos, blogs, newsletters, etc.

- Other duties as assigned.

 

Internship position #9

Department: Center for Performance Improvement

40 hours a week, June – August

This position is based at the Center for Performance Improvement under the Department of Quality and Safety at Maine Medical Center, which undertakes quality and operational improvement projects around the organization. This intern will assist the Healthcare Management Engineer with a variety of projects.  

Responsibilities will include:

- Creating a simulation model to replicate the current effects of surgical cases on overall hospital census at MMC.

- Analyzing operations data and generating insights (such as assessing volume and seasonal trends in the emergency department, etc.)

- Analyzing current allocation of resources through the MaineHealth network and suggesting optimal allocation, using mathematical or other methods.

 

Internship position #10

Department: MMC Operational Excellence

40 hours a week, June – August

This intern will primarily collaborate with departments and clinical service lines to sustainably improve care for MMC patients and families.

Responsibilities will include:

- Collaborating with leaders and clinical team members to identify high value improvements that align with our organization’s strategic goals.

- Author and edit documents to be published in the Maine Health Knowledge Connection.

 

Internship position #11

Department: Healthy Aging

32 hours a week, June – August

This intern will collaborate with the Healthy Aging department and will assist with the evaluation of the MaineHealth Alzheimer’s Disease grant.

Responsibilities will include:

- Conducting literature searches.

- Creating databases in Excel.

- Collecting and entering data.

- Writing reports

Internship position #12

Department: Corporate Accounting and Audit & Compliance

28 hours a week, June – August

This intern will collaborate with both the MaineHealth Corporate Accounting Department and the Audit & Compliance Services Department.  The position will assist both departments in a variety of tasks related to day to day accounting and reporting, compliance related issues and  audit related responsibilities.

 Responsibilities will include:

- Running financial reports

- Preparing weekly financial dashboard report

- Researching budget variances

- Reviewing and approving invoices

- Assisting with the summarization and update of Conflict of Interest Statements

- Assisting with tasks related to 990 tax returns

- Assisting in the update of policies and procedures

 

* Are you interested in a Clinical Health Career and want to learn more about your options? Please contact the Health Careers Pipeline Program Manager, Janell Lewis at jlewis4@mmc.org.

Timeline

Submit application materials

To apply for a position, please submit your resume, cover letter and completed internship application form between February 1st - March 16th. Email all application materials to the internship coordinator, Bonnie Carleton (bcarleton@mainehealth.org). 

Interviews

If the internship coordinator thinks you would be a good match for one of the available positions, your information will be sent to the preceptor. At this time, the preceptor may contact you to schedule an interview.  

Interviews will take place March - April. You will be contacted to let you know if you have been selected or not.

Onboarding process

Before you can officially start working as an intern at MaineHealth for the summer, there are a few things that you will need to do. You will need to complete an employee health screening test, get up-to-date on vaccinations, take a photo for your employee ID badge and attend an orientation session at Maine Medical Center. 

Internship program

Your internship will most likely run from June - August, although adjustments can possibly be made depending on your school schedule. Most interns are hired to work 40 hours each week.

You will attend several lunch & learn sessions throughout the summer. These sessions include discussions with MaineHealth senior leaders, informative presentations about how to write effective resumes and cover letters, and mock-interview sessions to practice answering behavior-based interview questions. Click here to see the calendar of mandatory lunch & learn sessions.

The internship program will conclude in August with final presentations done by each student. The presentations will be 15-20 minutes and will address the projects you worked on, things you learned and your plan moving forward in your career.

Would you like to be a preceptor?

This program is a terrific opportunity for students and a unique program that we as an organization benefit from greatly. Being an internship preceptor is a great way to develop your skillset as a professional mentor. Think about the people who invested time and energy in you when you were in college and how much they helped you start your career. This is a great opportunity to pay it forward!

If you are interested in being a preceptor, please contact the internship coordinator, Bonnie Carleton (bcarleton@mainehealth.org).

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