The Pre-Health Internship Program (PHIP) is a university-wide program designed to develop high quality activities that give ASU students the practical experience needed to be competitive in post-graduate degree programs and careers. Internships provide additional hands-on experience in a professional setting and offer students an opportunity to explore potential career options. PHIP internship opportunities are unpaid and are utilized for educational purposes only.
The PHIP placement process is highly competitive and is available to students from all ASU programs, colleges and campuses. Students seeking PHIP internship experiences work with a PHIP Placement Specialist to secure a placement site that best fits their career interests.
Any student wishing to complete a PHIP internship must complete the following steps:
- Contact the academic department advisor or coordinator from appropriate school or college.
- Identify and comply with PHIP and academic department criteria and requirements
- Complete pre-internship requirements and forms for both PHIP and academic department
- Apply for internship using application on PHIP website
- Interview with site staff and complete and return Educational Agreement (EA)
- When internship placement confirmed, enroll for appropriate internship course for credit through the designated department
We ask that students DO NOT CONTACT THESE SITES. While the PHIP Directory can provide an idea of the types of sites available, the PHIP Placement Specialists will manage the matching and placement process.
Pre-internship criteria and requirements
- Junior or Senior status and completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (LIA 484 requires a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.2)
- Student must be in "good standing"
- Prerequisite course requirements will be provided by the appropriate academic advisor or coordinator
Application Process and Deadlines
Students must meet with their academic advisor or internship coordinator to verify the application criteria has been met for your course and PHIP. You may submit an application for placement once confirmed.
*Please note, there is a separate application for BIO 390. https://students.asu.edu/prehealth/internships
Applications will close at 4pm on deadline date listed.
Application deadline dates per semester:
March 8, 2021
May 7, 2021
|Spring 2022||August 23, 2021||October 8, 2021|
|Summer 2022||January 10, 2022||March 4, 2022|
|Fall 2022||March 7, 2022||May 6, 2022|
The student will submit a PHIP application. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the student to verify that the application has been received.
The PHIP Placement Specialist will be in contact with the student to refine the student's responses. The PHIP office may request additional areas of specialties that the student may be interested in shadowing.
The PHIP Placement Specialist contacts potential sites to determine which sites are able to host an intern for the coming semester based on student interests.
Once a site availability is confirmed, the PHIP Placement Specialist will contact the student via e-mail to set up and coordinate an interview. The PHIP Placement Specialist will also send the student information a potential job description so the student is aware of the responsibilities at that site.
The student sends the Site Supervisor an introductory e-mail, attaching his/her resume and requesting a convenient date and time for either a phone or in-person interview to explore the internship. Some sites may request a phone call.
The student and the Site Supervisor conduct the interview and agree to the placement. The Educational Agreement (EA) must be completed to ensure that the student and Site Supervisor have determined the work hours for the internship.
The student notifies the PHIP Placement Specialist that the placement has been confirmed through e-mail and sends over the EA. The student will then be granted permission to register and enroll for the appropriate internship course.
The Educational Agreement (EA) serves as the learning agreement between a student and Site Supervisor. It is an individualized learning agreement, unique to each student. The studentand Site Supervisor should work collaboratively to develop the content for the EA, but it is the student's responsibility to complete and submit the document no later than one week prior to the internship start date.
Internship Courses and Credits
Students are not permitted to enroll in an internship course until an internship placement has been confirmed. Students should confer with an academic advisor to select the course that best fits their program of study. Examples of internship courses include:
- Barrett, the Honors College: HON 484
- College of Health Solutions: HSC 484; EXW 484; KIN 484; MED 484; HCD 484
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: BIO 390 (Fall and Spring only); BIO 490; LIA 484
- Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering: BME 484
- New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences: NEW 484, LSC 484
- College of Integrative Sciences and Arts: ABS 484, BIS 484
The amount of hours that will be required on site will depend on the amount of credits (45 hours per credit) students enroll for and if the course requires class time. Some programs allow the option, or require, completing up to 6 credits (270 hours), requiring a greater number of hours in the clinical experience. The range of hours required can be from 90 to 270 hours.
Health and Safety Requirements*
Once accepted into a site, the PHIP Placement Specialist will notify students what the health and safety requirements will be for each site. All requirements will vary among internship sites but may include the following:
- Immunizations or titers (Hepatitis B series, MMR, Varicella)
- Hepatitis B declination form
- Negative Two-Step Tb test or Quantiferon blood test
- CPR certification: BLS for Healthcare Providers, must be AHA or American Red Cross
- Drug screening: Panel 10 drug test; Fee of $40.00 from Castlebranch
- Background check: Fee of $67.00 from Castlebranch
- Fingerprint clearance card: The application fee is $65.00. Electronic fingerprinting fee is $7.95. Fingerprints completed through other services may cost $40.00 or more.
- Evidence of personal health insurance
- Pharmacy Internships require students to hold a valid Pharmacy Tech or Pharmacy Tech Training License . For more information, please visit the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. The Pharm Tech License fee is $82.00. The Pharm Tech Trainee License fee is $60.00.
*Students are responsible for all costs for any health and safety requirements needed.
My Clinical Exchange [mCE]
Students interning at any Banner, HonorHealth, Dignity, Abrazo, MIHS or Health South location will be required to complete all health and safety requirements for the selected hospital and complete compliance requirements through My Clinical Exchange (mCE). There is a $20.00 fee for a 6 month account. www.myclinicalexchange.com
Please note, all requirements must be completed in mCE 2-4 weeks prior to the internship start date.
The PHIP Internship Site Directory is located on this website. Students may download the directory to view internship opportunities. Students must have an ASURITE ID to login and view the directory.
The Pre-Health Internship Program partners with local companies, organizations and facilities and typically these internship opportunities will be presented to the student as an option, but students are not limited to those. If a student does find an internship on their own, it is important to inform the Placement Specialist as soon as possible for a petition. The Student Placement Agreement (SPA) process can take 6-8 weeks or longer.
Students must contact either PHIP Placement Specialist - Christina Islas, Christina.Islas@asu.edu, Angelica Islas-Mohr, Angelica.Islas@asu.edu or Julie Vo, Julie.Vo@asu.edu - to discuss internship opportunities.
Student Responsibilities During the Internship
- Comply with PHIP, academic program and site policies, procedures and objectives.
- If an absence is anticipated, or tardiness occurs for any reason, a call to the facility is necessary. If the supervisor cannot be reached, a message should be left explaining the situation. However, it is strongly advised to speak directly to the supervisor.
- Students should not ask for time off. Absences due to illness or unexpected events are acceptable. The time missed will need to be made up. The site supervisor will use discretion regarding time off. If an issue arises, the site supervisor is encouraged to contact one of the PHIP Placement Specialists.
- During the internship, student interns may choose to observe ASU holidays.
Completing Internship Requirements
The students are responsible for submiting all evaluations for completion. The PHIP Placement Specialists and the appropriate academic coordinator/faculty will evaluate the student’s performance based on the site evaluations and feedback received from the site supervisor/preceptor and any additional course assignments. The appropriate course faculty will grant the student a pass/fail grade for those students receiving credit for the internship course.
Students will be provided with, and evaluated on, the following opportunities:
- Apply the knowledge and skills learned in the academic program with actual clients/patients
- Expand the knowledge and skills acquired in the academic program
- Refine the interpersonal skills and attitudes necessary for effective interaction and communication
- Promote the continued development of self-evaluation and problem-solving skills
- Facilitate clarification of career objectives
- Effectively and efficiently facilitate the transition from the role of students to the role of professional
- Network with industry professionals
In addition, all students are governed by Rules and Regulations of Arizona State University. These can be found on the ASU website at: