Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Internship Program

If you are a pre-med student, you should consider the Pre-Med Internship program at CVPH. This can be taken for credit as an internship (BIO498 or CHE498) with one credit awarded for every 3 hours/week of service (see below). This is a great opportunity to go into the hospital and get experience with patient care while earning credit.

Internship credit will be awarded based on the amount of time you spend in the hospital per week; three hours in service per week is worth one credit (similar to labs). This is a total of 45 hours per credit per semester. You need to decide this as you fill out your Internship form and stick with it throughout the semester. You can only take 1 credit per semester and a total of 3 credits while here at Plattsburgh.

There is a training session for interns that you must attend. This training session will be offered twice, on the Wednesday and Thursday of the second week of classes. You must attend the training session to continue in the internship.

For this internship you will be given a pass/fail grade based on three things: your performance at the hospital (as reported by the staff on duty), a journal that you will keep during the semester, and final report (2-3 pages) that you will write. The paper is due on the Wednesday of the last week of classes. We can talk more about these when you come with your internship form to be signed.

This internship can also be done over the summer, the same hours/credit as above.

Application Process

To sign up, you need to go to the biology office and get an internship form. You should fill this out with the course title “CVPH Internship.” You will need to choose a faculty sponsor. This can be either Dr. Linda Luck or Dr. Donald Slish. This form requires other signatures, including Sandra Geddes at CVPH, and is then dropped off at the Dean’s office (in Hudson Hall).

You will need to contact Sandra Geddes ( or 562-7595), who is the CVPH volunteer coordinator. Discuss with her which service you are interested in (for some options, see below), and what your goals are (i.e., what you plan to get out of this experience). There has been a lot of interest in these internships, so have a back-up option if Sandra can’t accommodate your first request. Sandra will help you to schedule a time to be there.

Internship Placement Opportunities

To see the job descriptions and requirements for the services that you can volunteer for, see the below files:
(Note: these PDF files require the latest version of Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.)

Thank you for your interest in the program. If you would like to participate, the forms need to be signed and submitted by the end of the first week of classes in the semester that you plan to volunteer.

If you have another service that you are interested in, let Sandra know and she will try to accommodate you.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the pre-health professions advisement, please contact

Donald Slish
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chairperson
Office: Beaumont Hall 304B
Phone: (518) 564-5160