Theresa Geraci,
Summer College Intern
"My favorite aspect about volunteering is building trustworthy and personal relationships with the patients, as well as the nurses and physicians, while being able to help each and every one of them."

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Summer College Intensive Program

We are currently reviewing applications for 2016 SCIP and will respond only to candidates selected for an interview by February 26th.

Be part of our dynamic Summer College Intensive Program (SCIP)

Are you interested in being a part of the future of healthcare? Join other college students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare for a summer of intensive, hands- on learning in a dynamic hospital setting.

The NYM Department of Educational and Volunteer Resources offers service and learning opportunities for students throughout the year. As a student in our Summer College Intensive Program (SCIP) you can gain hands-on patient care experience and exposure to unique educational opportunities that will further your understanding of healthcare.

Our Mission
SCIP coordinators structure the program to develop an effective team of summer college students who communicate directly with patients, offering support and assistance as needed. The students enhance the quality of care patients receive and become an integral part of the healthcare team. In addition, SCIP seeks to augment the education of future health practitioners by exposing them to real world healthcare situations, guiding them to become competent, compassionate healers.

SCIP Activities

As a SCIP participant, you will have:

  • Direct interactions with patients and professional staff, 12 hours a week

  • Shadowing opportunities with physicians and other healthcare professionals

  • Selected reading assignments with written responses required

  • Lectures by health practitioners designed specifically for the SCIP group

  • The opportunity for a more extensive experience, with additional shifts available in the Resident Evaluation Program and Patient Portal Program

After fulfilling the requirements, students are eligible for a letter of completion and recommendation that can be used to enhance applications for medical, physician assistant, nursing or other health career programs.

Who Should Apply
We are looking for committed and well-rounded college students in health career and nursing programs who are interested in an intense hospital experience that will enrich both their current education and their professional future.

Selection of Participants
We select students based on their academic record, previous volunteer experience, seriousness of purpose, and ability to communicate effectively both in writing and in interpersonal situations.


  • The program runs for eight to 10 consecutive weeks. SCIP volunteers must commit to giving 12 hours of patient care service each week, in addition to attendance at lectures and other experiences. Because this is a highly structured and scheduled program, students will not be granted any time off.
  • All participants will be required to attend one of two general orientations.
  •  In addition, there are several other training sessions required for specific placements.
  • You must have accommodations in New York City to participate.
Shifts will be scheduled seven days a week between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Lectures will take place on weekday mornings. Shadowing opportunities will take place on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm. Deadline for applications is February 1 at Noon.

How to Apply

SCIP is a highly competitive program, with limited positions available. Be sure to highlight your interests and achievements in the "About you" section of the application. 

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge every applicant. Only those selected for an interview will receive an email acknowledgement. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis, starting the first week of February.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to bring a transcript and resume to the interview. Students will be notified in early April if they have been accepted to the program.

The 2016 application is now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will respond only to candidates selected for an interview by February 26th.