351. Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Pasadena, CA

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count towards the three application limit. 

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine is a recently accredited, MD-granting medical school admitting its first class in the summer of 2020.  The mission of the School is “To provide a world class medical education that ignites a passion for learning, a desire to serve, and an unwavering commitment to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities.” With a fundamental focus on population health and a deep commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity, the School seeks to develop a curriculum and programs that incorporate global community engagement. The Office for Academic and Community Affairs is responsible for developing activities in support of these mission-critical goals.



Summer Project

Working with the Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Community Affairs, the Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, the Director of Community Engagement, and the Director of Global and Humanitarian Health, the intern will assist the School in identifying global and national opportunities for student electives; developing policies, procedures, and guidelines for ethical engagement with global and local partners; and strategies for supporting pipeline and pathway initiatives for increasing the entry of underrepresented students into the health professions.  We would welcome the opportunity to pursue an academic publication with the intern as part of this work.  The internship provides the rare opportunity to participate in the earliest phases of a medical school developing its external engagement strategy.


The intern will participate as an active member of the Academic and Community Affairs team to conduct background research regarding potential global and national community partners; identify successful protocols from other health professions schools for global and community engagement; and assist with the development of an inventory of pipeline and pathway programs for potential school engagement. The intern will participate in team meetings, engage with possible partners regarding opportunities for students, and present findings to the team and other leaders within the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.


Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Ability to work effectively in teams essential.  Prior knowledge of, or experience with, global and community programs helpful.  Deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity required.

A student who has an interest in the social and population aspects of health care will be a particularly successful candidate.  Individuals with either personal or academic experiences in areas of public health, community health, or global medicine are encouraged to apply.

Work Environment

We anticipate that there will be some interns from other universities.  There are three recent college graduates who work closely with the Dean’s office who will also be part of the community, including a recent graduate of Harvard.  The School will welcome its first class of 48 students this summer.  Located in 2 buildings in the heart of Pasadena, California, the School has more than 100 employees, more than 300 additional faculty, and close connections with the larger southern California Kaiser Permanente clinical practice. 


Although the team leaders will be present daily and meet with the intern on at least a weekly basis, we would highly value an independent, self-motivated individual who will bring innovation and creativity to the role in assisting the School in identifying and launching programs.

Additional Requirements

Students will need to complete Kaiser Permanante School of Medicine background checks and comply with all health regulations (e.g., immunizations) as required by the School.

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