Student Summer Programs

Every year, hundreds of students have summer experiences which help shape the direction of their calling and future careers.  Here are some opportunities to get to know what CCHF is all about by learning and serving at a CCHF clinic. 

Christ Community Health Services - Augusta GA

Augusta, GA

Various dates in 2017

Shadowing/Student Rotations/Preceptorships

If you wish to shadow a provider (MD, PA, NP) or complete a preceptorship with our clinic, please fill out the student rotation application and be sure to include the number of hours you are looking for a week and what time frame you are interested in shadowing.  Please also include a letter of good standing from your school and note what specialty you need for your program (Family Medicine, PEDS, Women's Health, etc).  We accept requests on a rolling basis.

Summer Internship Program - For Med Students and Nurses

Purpose: To educate students about the needs of the poor and underserved and challenge them to lay down their lives for the Gospel and serve these communities through health care. 

Description: Students will spend approximately 4-6 weeks with providers and staff of Christ Community Health.  This will include shadowing, building patient interview and exam skills, including exposure to disease diagnosis and treatment.  Students will see holistic medicine in practice addressing medical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals.  Students will also be exposed to the fundraising and administrative requirements to operate an urban clinic.  Students will be exposed to work in the community through other community ministries serving the poor in the non-medical setting.  A reading list will be provided and specific projects for the clinic may be assigned to the students based on current needs. 

Students: This internship is geared toward students who have just completed their first year of Medical School, or Nursing students at any level.

Nursing students will also have the opportunity to spend time with licensed staff RNs and LPNs, and benefit from exposure to nursing case management, care coordination, and outreach events.

Housing: For out-of-town students, housing can be provided at our guest house.

Extra: An optional 2 week international medical mission trip through Medical Campus Outreach in Augusta will also be offered as part of the internship.  This year the trip will be to Cusco, Peru.   The optional mission trip typically costs about $2500 and we will give guidance on raising support for this amount.


Jericho Road Community Health Center

Buffalo, NY

June 12, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Jericho Road Community Health Center is looking for medical students that have completed their first year of medical school at an accredited university! 

We are accepting internship applications for 2017.  Click here for application.

Who: Students having completed their 1st year of medical school. Two students will be accepted into our program.

***Application deadline  March 31, 2017 *** 

Where: Buffalo, NY, at our offices on both the East and West Sides of Buffalo. 

-Housing will be provided.

-A stipend of $600 will be provided.

Why: To learn, grow, and develop a large world view of service to the poor. 

What will I do?  An intern's time with be split in half between our clinical practices and our community programs.

-Work at both our West and East Side clinics shadowing various practitioners  

-Work with junior high students in the summer “FLY” program

-Work with asylum seekers at our newest program, Vive

-Work with pregnant, at-risk mothers at our Priscilla Project program

-Work at our Hope Refugee Drop In Center

-Accompany patients to their specialist appointments

-Work with the lead team in community outreach efforts and education

-Work with non-medical staff (interpreters, front office, spiritual care team) to better understand the non-clinician roles in a health center

Contact:  Brittany Barber  brittany.barber [at] jrchc [dot] org

Butterfield Foundation 2016 Graduate Practicum in Christian Charitable Care

Oklahoma City, OK

July, 2016

Do you have a heart to serve Christ in meeting the medical needs of others?
Are you interested in serving vulnerable populations in Oklahoma by assisting in Christian charitable clinics?
If “Yes”, consider participating in the six-week 2016 Butterfield Summer Graduate Practicum
For application, go to:

Application Opening Date: October 1, 2015

To motivate students to consider how their career as a medical provider may become a tool to live out the Gospel of Christ to include the medically vulnerable populations in Oklahoma.


  • First or second year medical student or
  • Enrolled in a graduate program for Nurse Practitioner or Physicians’ Assistant
  • The online application will open October 1, 2015.

Tuition paid for INMED’s public health diploma program, with weekly discussions about public health topics (see
Weekly field trips to local community resources
There is flexibility in the program for short absences of a day or two. Participants who expect to be absent during the 6 weeks should indicate the anticipated absence on the application form. Housing during the practicum is not provided. However, please contact us directly, if this is a problem that would prevent you from applying.

For more information, please phone 405.604.4704 or email:
Dr. Nicholas Comninellas; Nicholas [at] inmed [dot] us, Institute for International Medicine (INMED)
Dr. Jan Miller; Jan_Miller [at] ssmhc [dot] com, St. Anthony Family Residency
Beth Brown, bethb [at] butterfieldfoundation [dot] org, Butterfield Memorial Foundation

“The Butterfield Practicum allows graduate students to rehearse living out the Gospel through Christian charitable healthcare, while also completing an accredited diploma curriculum.” — Jan Miller, Faculty Coordinator

Late June to late July, 2016 (exact dates TBA). Most days will be Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Some clinics may have night clinics.
Two-day orientation covering the basics of public health, taking spiritual history, obtaining vitals and basic disease management
Two weeks in each of the three participating clinics:

  • Crossings Community Clinic —
  • Good Shepherd Ministries Clinic —
  • Open Arms Clinic —

Lawndale Summer Medical Project

Chicago, IL

Various Dates in Summer 2016

The Lawndale Summer Medical Project is a 4-5 week summer program in Chicago, IL in which 4th year pre-med/pre-midlevel students and 1st year medical students have the opportunity to work alongside Christian clinicians and help to serve a medically underserved community. The program was developed in 2002 and 2003 in conjunction with the Christian Medical & Dental Association and Christian Community Health Fellowship. Students live and work in the Lawndale community to experience total immersion with the community. LSMP focuses on chronic care patients who do not access routine care and also participate in hosting health screenings at various community health fairs.

The Lawndale Summer Medical Project (LSMP) is a four week experience in an underserved area of Chicago’s southwest side. You will be seeing predominantly African-American and Latino patients at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC). LCHC is the largest Christian health center in the United States. Services provided include primary care, dental care, eye care,and mental health care.

 Your experience will have a community medicine focus and you will:

 Live in the community where you will work and fellowship with other students.

  • Spend time doing home visits for patients with diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.
  • Run neighborhood health fairs, screening people for diabetes and hypertension.
  • Spend time shadowing Christian medical providers
  • Grow spiritually through group Bible studies, conferences on topics such as "What it Means to be a Christian Physician," and time for personal devotions and reflection.
  • Don't miss this opportunity, which, according to a previous participant, "will forever change the way [you] practice medicine."


Unique Aspects: Urban setting, Spanish-speaking patients

Application Deadline: Application and Two Reference Letters must be received by March 16, 2015

Program Fee (includes housing and supplies, does not include air-fare): $700 (need-based scholarships available)

Eligible to Apply: First year medical students, Pre-med/PA/NP students who are currently in their fourth year of college.

You can discover more about the Lawndale Summer Medical Project by clicking here.

The Summer Medical Institute, Philadelphia (SMI Philadelphia)

Philadelphia, PA

June 25 – July 16

The Summer Medical Institute (SMI) Philadelphia 2016, scheduled to take place from June 25 – July 16, 2016 is a three-week health outreach program sponsored by the Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and Esperanza Health Center. During SMI Philadelphia, a team of volunteer health professions students, together with local church members and volunteers, seek to address health and spiritual needs of the North Philadelphia community, while providing a way for students to learn to integrate their faith within their medical careers.

After initial training sessions, students conduct door-to-door health outreach in teams throughout North Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, offering diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as nutrition and healthy lifestyle education. Through these encounters, they seek to share the love of Christ, the Great Physician, with individuals and families they meet.

Students live together in community during SMI Philadelphia, and learn first-hand the impact of social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, and economic factors on individuals’ health. Also, through interaction with clinicians and staff members at Esperanza Health Center, students have the opportunity to observe an effective model of Christian primary health care.

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Whole Person Care Preceptorship (2016)

Southern California

June 9-July 13

The Whole Person Care Preceptorship is open to healthcare students who are currently enrolled in or officially accepted into a professional training program like medical school, nursing school, pharmacy school, dental school, PT, OT, PA, and other select allied health professional programs.

The Preceptorship occurs June 9-July 13, 2016 in Southern California.

Are you currently a pre-med or other pre-professional student? You are eligible to apply to our Pre-Med / Pre-Pro Healthcare Student Mission.

Organized and sponsored by Medical Strategic Network

Pre-Med/Pre-Pro Healthcare Student Summer Mission (2016)

Southern California

July 2-9

Many Christian healthcare students long to live on mission by integrating their faith into their future professional practice. National studies indicate 60%-70% of patients want their health provider to address their spiritual needs. Yet most professionals do not know how to do this and health students are not taught.

Spend one week this summer learning to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of your future patients. Experienced Christian medical, nursing and allied health students, along with Christian physicians and nurses, will train you to care for the whole person – body, mind, and soul – in an ethical, caring, and sensitive manner. You’ll apply what you’ve learned by offering the life-changing hope of Jesus Christ to real patients and their family members in healthcare facilities.

Who is this for?

This Cru summer mission is for undergrad students pursuing a career in the healthcare professions. Pre-med, pre-dental, pre-nursing, pre-allied health, and other students considering a healthcare career are welcome to apply.  It occurs July 2-9, 2016 in Southern California. For information click here:

If you are officially enrolled in or accepted into medical school, nursing school, OT school, PA school, etc. you would be eligible to apply to the Whole Person Care Preceptorship.

Organized and sponsored by Medical Strategic Network