Women's Health Internship Opportunities at Wake Forest School of Medicine


Available Internships
Submit a Project & Initiating the Internship
Links to External Internship Programs

The Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS) {formerly the Women’s Health Center of Excellence for Research, Leadership, Education} is committed to the promotion of women’s health and we know that the recruitment of future top-notch researchers and physicians begins at the undergraduate level of college.  The OWIMS coordinates women's health internships between Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) researchers and healthcare providers and undergraduate students from area colleges who are looking for projects for course credit and/or experience in women's health or gender differences research.


 Internship Procedures for Undergraduate Students and Project Managers    

The following information is important.
Please be sure to take note of all steps!


STEP 1:  Spring & Summer 2014 ProjectsPlease note that each project is managed within departments. Details about the specific internship duties, scheduling, amount of time that the student will spend working on project and the student’s class requirements (if any) will be discussed and/or decided upon during an interview.

IMPORTANT: Please note that these internships are unpaid positions and we do not have housing available for out-of-state students.  
Step 2: Contact Rita Groce at rgroce@wakehealth.edu to initiate the internship process. Please send a minimum of two projects that you are interested in, as well as the completed Internship Program Information Sheet.
Step 3: Rita Groce will send the contact information for the project managers of the projects of interest. The student will contact the project manager to arrange a convenient interview time. Students and project managers need to discuss class requirements, work schedule & job requirements.
Step 4: If the student is accepted as an intern, the onboarding process will be initiated by the project manager (see step 4 in the Project Manager Task List below).  The student will be contacted by Workforce Planning & Development with the necessary requirements. All questions should be directed to that office.
Step 5: Once all requirements have been met, the student will receive final notification from Workforce Planning & Development that they are permitted to begin the internship.



Submitting a Project and Initiating the Internship:
 Step 1: Interns begin their semester-long internships in September and January. We also have students requesting summer internship opportunities.  If you have a women’s health or gender differences related project that could use the assistance of an undergraduate student, please contact Rita Groce via email (rgroce@wakehealth.edu) with:

  • Project title
  • A brief description (2-3 sentences), including what tasks the student will be doing
  • The number of interns the project can accommodate.  (If nothing is listed, we will assume only 1 is needed.)
  • Contact person with phone number and email address

Step 2: When a student expresses interest in a project, the project manager will be contacted by Rita Groce with the student’s information. If the manager wishes to interview the student, they are requested to notify Ms. Groce. She will pass the contact information along to the internship candidate, who will contact the project manager to arrange a meeting time.
Step 3: The project manager will meet with the student to discuss details about the project, further details about internship duties, scheduling, time that the student will spend working on project and the student’s class requirements (if applicable). If the manager decides that the student is a good match for the project and the student agrees, the manager will please notify Rita Groce at rgroce@wakehealth.edu.
Step 4: The complete onboarding process is now handled through Workforce Planning and Development: 
Scroll down to: Student Interns and Non-Affiliated Interns (formerly student volunteers): All sponsors of unpaid student interns or non-affiliated interns must complete and submit the following to

Note: Each student must go through Human Resources (HR) and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) orientation before they can begin their internship.  Please note that due to HR changes in student onboarding, students must now undergo both a drug screen and a criminal background check to participate in your project. The cost for both of these procedures must be paid by either you or your department. Drug Screening cost is $40 if done through Employee Health Services. The cost of the criminal background check will vary depending on how many states in which the student has lived. Each supervisor will be responsible for ensuring their student has completed the necessary HR and EH&S paperwork before the student begins the internship. 
Step 5: Once the Project Manager receives notification from Workplace Planning and Development that all documentation has been completed, the student may begin internship. Note: OWIMS serves strictly as a means for students and project managers to connect with one another. Once an internship is established, all issues must be resolved between the student and project manager.



2013 Project: Healthy Living is For Everyone: The Enrichment Center is a Day Program for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Over the years we have made great strides to include healthy activities and classes that focus on women's and men's health. We have worked with students from several universities and colleges and would love to have individuals who could help with gender specific health education as well as how to incorporate the effects of a healthy lifestyle and the positive impact on these issues through healthy diets, exercise, and stress management.
The intern's responsibilities would be assisting with health education classes specific to Women's and Men's Health Issues, nutrition, healthy living. The interns would assist our instructors with developing lesson plans that would be age appropriate and on a level the individuals we support can understand. They would assist our instructors in our daily classes to help educate individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities about various healthy living activities. They could develop projects that help educate those we support about specific health topics such as heart disease, diabetes, annual physicals/ tests needed, and/or any other health specific topic relevant to our group. We also have a group of individuals who are aging that some specific education related to things to be aware of as we age. Contact Melissa Baran, Program Director at (336) 777-0076 ext. 1002 or mbaran@enrichmentarc.org  for more information.

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities – Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: http://graduate.wfu.edu/summerprograms/  

Wake Forest University Career Services: http://www.wfu.edu/career/employers/interninfo.html

High Point University Career & Internship Services

UNCG Career Services: http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/internships/students/

Winston-Salem State University Career Services: http://www.wssu.edu/WSSU/About/Administration/

Winston-Salem Police Department: Sgt. Vincent Rega; (336)726-7244

Internship Opportunities with Gramercy Research Group
The following internship opportunities are available through Gramercy Research Group for Spring 2012, Summer 2012, and Fall 2012. Our internships provide interns with valuable experience with project planning, quantitative data collection, qualitative data collection (i.e., focus groups and in-depth interviews), data analysis, oral presentation, and abstract/manuscript preparation.
Previous interns with Gramercy Research Group have co-authored scientific manuscripts and presented at scientific conferences. Gramercy Research Group interns typically continue on to graduate school or professional programs. Gramercy Research Group interns are eligible for employment with the organization, as available and assuming satisfactory completion of the internship experience.
Internship Opportunities 
1.    Assist with study to increase active transportation to school among elementary school students in Forsyth County, NC
2.    Assist with disseminating physical activity through faith-based organizations
3.    Exploring strategies for increasing physical activity among African American men in faith settings.
4.    Exploring strategies for increasing physical activity among African American children in faith settings.
5.    Exploring strategies for altering the physical and sociocultural environment in faith settings to support healthy behaviors among African Americans.
6.    Exploring strategies for increasing health-related behaviors among African American clergy. 
If you have students who will need internship or practicum opportunities, please ask them to submit a resume and cover letter to internships@gramercyresearch.com. All internship opportunities are in Forsyth County, NC.

Center for Injury Biomedics: http://www.wakehealth.edu/CIB/Summer-Research-Opportunities.htm

Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer Scholars Program: www.wakehealth.edu/Research/WFIRM/Summer-Scholars/Summer-Scholars-Program.htm   

Hypertension & Vascular Research Center: http://www.wakehealth.edu/schoolOfMedicine/schoolOfMedicine_default.aspx?id=4100&terms=Hypertension+

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