10 Reasons for Pre-medical Students to Consider an Internship

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Johnson, Gracie
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University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University
Internships are a critical step to take as an undergraduate student to become competitive for attending a graduate program or finding a career. There are two types of internships, paid and unpaid, which depend on the level of work being done and which field is being studied. It is found that pre-medical students tend to complete internships at a much lower rate than other undergraduates, and the goal of this creative project is to inform students about the benefits of medical internships. For this project, medical school admissions committees across the United States were interviewed to gain their insight on the significance of internships prior to attending medical school. The most significant reported reasoning was to gain exposure in medicine, which was followed by recognizing the intensity of the workplace prior to committing a lifetime to the field.