Student Summer Programs

Every year, hundreds of students have summer experiences which help shape the direction of their calling and future careers. These opportunities can be found around the country.  All of them will help you gain experience and knowledge as you seek Christ for your vocation.

Please see below for summer opportunities and enrollment dates to learn more about being purposeful with you time off. 

Baylor Scott White City Square

Opportunities would be 2 week shadowing in summer for first years or 2 week elective for 3/4 years looking to do underserved elective.

Our practice focuses on family medicine and pediatrics for the underserved community that does not have insurance. The providers here treat acute and chronic illness and offer preventive services in a comfortable and supportive environment. Open access appointments are available to all uninsured patients from newborns to adults.

Individuals living in Dallas County who have no form of medical insurance and do not qualify for government-assisted insurance programs are eligible for our services.

For more Information and availability, contact Dr. Ben McKinney: bmckinn1 [at] gmail [dot] com with your full name, school, degree being pursued, year of training, and your expectations and desires for this visit.

2835 Al Lipscomb WayDallas, TX 75215

Cahaba Summer Medical Experience, Birmingham, AL

Spend time in our missional training community of family medicine residents and faculty living among and serving among our low income/medically underserved neighborhoods. We seek to help medical students: 

  • understand how you can carry out the Great Commandment by using gospel-centric health strategies to love your neighbors and neighborhoods.
  • understand how you can carry out the Great Commission by using gospel-centric health strategies to make disciples of every ethne. 
  • understand how training in a missional training community can be helpful in forming teams to go to where the greatest physical and spiritual need is, domestically and internationally. 
  • learn how to incorporate spiritual health, including prayer, Bible storying, goal setting, and other methods, into patient visits. 
  • learn what it's like to live among the community you serve and how relationships with your neighbors are key to community health. 

The experience is designed such that in the morning medical students work in our clinic seeing patients - taking histories and physicals and developing assessments and plans. This is invaluable clinical experience in the early years of medical school. You'll be encouraged to engage your patients spiritually. The afternoons will be spent engaged in spiritual or community health activities. 

 Participants will stay in our neighborhoods where most of us live as intentional neighbors. Additionally we invite you to participate in our house churches in Birmingham. 

 Where: Our urban clinic is in Birmingham, AL and is tailored for those with more of a heart for urban communities. Participants will stay in our guest house in the West End community in which our clinic is located. Our rural clinic is in Centreville, AL, about 1 hour south of Birmingham, and is tailored for those with more of a heart for rural communities. Participants will stay in our guest houses in the community. 

 When: 2 weeks of your choice between first and second year (we also accept M3 and M4 students throughout the year) 

Apply on our family medicine residency website: While there stroll through our site and learn more about our ministry and our family. 

Contact Jeremy Crider at jeremy.crider [at] cahabamedicalcare [dot] com with any questions. 

Lawndale Summer Medical Project - Chicago, IL

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 Due in March

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.

LOOK FOR the Chicago Justice Program in 2022.

Medically-interested undergraduate students seeking a summer internship experience at Lawndale Christian Health Center can consider applying through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's Chicago Urban Program (CUP).  LCHC partners with CUP to accept a select number of undergraduate interns placed at the health center.  

Love Thy Neighborhood- Louisville, KY

Love Thy Neighborhood is an urban missions agency for young adults, ages 18-30, impacting homelessness, the adult entertainment industry, crisis pregnancy, orphan care, healthcare, refugees, construction & low-income housing, education, neighborhood renewal, book editing & publishing, podcasting, visual arts, media & design and nonprofit leadership. We equip and mobilize the next generation of Christian leaders to work with the poor, the suffering and the marginalized in our city.  The Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center (SCHC) seeks to transform the community by sharing the love of Christ in word and deed, to facilitate community development and holistic healthcare through the empowerment of the residents in the community.

In addition to their summer program, year long internships are available. For more information, visit

Pre-Med/Pre-Pro Healthcare Student Summer Mission

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.

This summer mission will give you invaluable training and experience that will help clarify God's calling on your life and provide a unique experience that may enhance your application to medical or nursing school or various allied health school program

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. 

  • Location: Redlands, CA
  • Term:June 27 - July 1, 2021 (Virtual Experience)
  • Website: Mission Website
  • Ministry Focus: For Healthcare Students (medical, nursing, dental, allied health, pre-pro)
  • Cost:  $500.00 (The live program is usually $999).
  • Length: 1 week

For More info:

The Summer Medical Institute, Philadelphia (SMI Philadelphia)

Philadelphia, PA

The Summer Medical Institute, Philadelphia 2021 In Person

June 26 – July 17, 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SMI Philly is a dynamic urban healthcare program sponsored by Medical Campus Outreach Philadelphia ( and Esperanza Health Center, a Christian, federally qualified health center located in North Philadelphia ( More than just a mission trip, this program is designed and planned throughout the entire year to specifically disciple and develop Christian health care students while sharing the gospel and learning about holistic patient care in the community of North Philadelphia. In this intensive urban-immersion program, approximately 22 Christian health profession students learn to address the health needs of the largely underserved, urban community in Hispanic North Philadelphia and integrate their faith in the medical practice.   Students live and work together in the dense urban environment, working five days a week to provide door-to-door health screens for diabetes and hypertension, and also provide information about HIV, asthma and nutrition.  Students receive evangelism training along with medical training during orientation and share the Gospel through conversation and prayer with those they meet. Participants live together, learn collectively and work in partnership with area churches, attending the neighborhood churches each Sunday. The churches also provide local bilingual interpreters as needed, who work daily with the student teams, and partner churches will provide spiritual follow up to those in the community who request it.  At Esperanza, students will each spend a day shadowing health care providers and observe an effective model of Christian primary care (third and fourth year medical students and other upper-year students may participate in SMI as an academic rotation, pending approval and availability).  Students will learn about the issues and medical realities of the community by meeting people in the churches, in their homes, in the clinic and on the streets.  

What else can students expect during SMI Philly? Strong relationships with team members and spiritual growth and discipleship are developed through small group Bible study, daily debriefing, twice-weekly teaching on biblical foundations and daily prayer and worship. Students will learn to process and respond to the issues they encounter, learning first-hand the impact of social, cultural, spiritual and economic factors on health.   Christian clinicians (SMI "faculty") from all health care fields volunteer to work alongside the students during the outreaches each week, providing valuable relational mentoring. SMI faculty also teach students on relevant topics during orientation, breakout teaching and panel discussions known as "Institute Days," and the final "Return Training" at the program's conclusion.  The student support for participating in the SMI is $1450 with housingand $1100 if housing is not needed

Additionally, students have the opportuntiy to go to Albania for 2 weeks immediately after the program ends to participate in a locally-run SMI program there.  

SMI Philadelphia applications are due March 15, 2021, acceptances announced April 1. Contact the SMI director at smiphilly [at] gmail [dot] com for questions, information and the application link. Go to for information and the application link as well, or to our wordpress site for the student blog: Come join us!

Summer Medical Institute Northwest

The Summer Medical Institute Northwest (SMI NW) is a yearly program in which medical students come for an intensive 4-8 week experience in the summer. Participants see patients at New Heights Clinic and work through our curriculum that emphasizes integrating faith and the practice of medicine. Students review curriculum materials with our outstanding physician mentors. The program is open to 1st through 4th year medical students.
For more information on our domestic summer opportunity called Summer Medical Institute NW, please send us an emailSMINW [at] newheights [dot] org

Whole Person Care Preceptorship

Southern California

June 10-July 3, 2021

At the  annual Whole Person Care Preceptorship (WPCP) held in Southern California, you’ll receive professional training to ethically and sensitively assess and address the spiritual needs of your patients. Weekly you’ll work with and learn from seasoned Christian physicians and healthcare professionals who regularly integrate their faith into their patient care in a variety of specialties and settings. Plus you’ll have ample opportunities to do the same with real patients in both clinical and hospital situations.

Most importantly, you’ll grow and reconnect with God and become better prepared to lead colleagues spiritually. You will enjoy ample time for personal devotionals and learn from experts in the fields of personal ministry, bioethics, apologetics, and theology.

As you serve and enjoy the incredible attractions of California, you’ll build lasting relationships and community with like-minded students and return to school rejuvenated and refreshed. The WPCP is a joint venture of Medical Strategic Network, Cru, and Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The Preceptorship occurs June 10-July 3, 2021 in Redlands, CA, a quaint historic town 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

The cost of the Preceptorship is approximately $2,600.00 (scholarships and funding may be available). This costs covers all meals, lodging, professional METS whole person care training conference, local transportation, training materials, all training sessions, and some social events.

Those Eligible To Apply

Eligible applicants are those enrolled in
or officially accepted into professional schools such as medical, nursing, dental, OT, PT, PA, and certain allied health fields.

Pre-med, pre-nursing, or other pre-professional student? Consider our Pre-Med / Pre-Health Professional Project. Visit for more info.

For more information, visit

Application Deadline

All Applications need to be postmarked by April 1, 2021.

Organized and sponsored by Medical Strategic Network

Contact: Phone - (760) 249-6761 Email - fireseeds [at] gomets [dot] org

VCMC Summer Scholars Program , Ventura, CA

We regret that we will not be able to offer the Summer Scholars Program in 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.Please check back in January for information about the 2022 Summer Scholars Program.

The Summer Scholar Program at Ventura County Medical Center is a unique summer internship designed to expose undergraduate college students to the field of healthcare by immersing them in a professional medical environment.  5 undergraduate students participate in this full-time, intensive 8-week opportunity.  Priority is given to residents of Ventura County. Though this is not a Christian program, we can help you find Christian community in Ventura.


Summer Scholars are placed with faculty preceptors who coordinate opportunities for the students to observe and participate in a variety of patient care settings.  Student Scholars attend teaching conferences at the Medical Center, make rounds with medical staff and observe patient interactions and procedures as appropriate.  These experiences will include emergency room visits, trauma resuscitations, live births, surgeries, autopsies and more.  In addition to shadowing both primary care and specialist physicians, Scholars spend time with physical therapists, dieticians, clinical lab specialists, substance abuse counselors and other health care professionals.  Each Student Scholar will also participate in a quality improvement or clinical research project and present their findings on the last day of the program. A few Summer Scholars have had their research published or been invited to present their research at UCLA's annual Family Medicine Research Forum.

Many of our former Scholars cite this experience as a formative one in their pursuit of a career in health care. We have even welcomed graduates of the Scholars internship into our residency program here at VCMC!


UPDATE: We are pleased to offer, with the support of the Health Care Foundation of Ventura County, a stipend of $2000 per Scholar.

Application opens in DECEMBER:

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