Since the summer of 2014 Virginia Garcia has offered a Student Learning/Internship program.
We consider anyone coming into Virginia Garcia for an educational reason a Student Learner, however to clarify, an Intern is someone who will follow the provider and learn from observing and asking questions. A Student may actually interact with patients as well as shadowing and observation.
The program definition is broad. A Student Learner could be a high school senior fulfilling a class requirement or wanting to learn about a possible future career. It could be a Resident doing a rotation before becoming a full-fledged provider. At any given time you can find 30-40 Student Learners at Virginia Garcia.
We have established programs with OHSU and Pacific University in the following areas:
You do not have to be a student at OHSU or Pacific University to apply. Virginia Garcia does receive Student Learners from other schools as well.
The program generally runs July 1 to January 30. The Student Learners are paired with a provider in one of our clinics during their learning time.
As there is limited availability. We recommend that interested students contact Virginia Garcia two - three months in advance to apply for placement in the program. Placement is not guaranteed, but every effort is given to provide an opportunity for each student.
Although not a requirement, it is a strong advantage to speak Spanish. More than half of our population speaks Spanish and more than 80% are best served in a language other than English.