High School Internships
Medical Career Collaborative Program
The Medical Career Collaborative (MC²) program engages high school students in experiences that give them a jump start on careers in health, medicine and the biosciences. Our goal is to help high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare get on the path to success. MC² is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors, with programming activities taking place at both Denver Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Current high school sophomores are invited to apply and, if accepted, begin participation at the start of their junior year. Throughout the program, students will gain exposure to the many dynamics related to careers in healthcare.
Through the following activities, students get a jump start on their future in healthcare:
- Medical Field Trips
Student participants attend monthly field trips to medical facilities and programs around the Denver Metro area. Some trips are internal at either Denver Health or Children's Hospital Colorado, while others are off campus at other health institutions.
Student participants will be eligible for an internship during their junior year at one of the two
MC² sites: Denver Health or Children's Hospital Colorado. Once assigned to a hospital, students will be placed in one department for the duration of their internship experience. Internships occur during one of the following three sessions, fall, spring, or summer. Fall and spring sessions are 12 weeks long with students working roughly 10 hours a week, while the summer session is 6 weeks long with students working 30 hours a week.
Personal & Professional Development Opportunities
Student participants complete a number of trainings and workshops that are designed to build their personal and professional competencies. Personal leadership skills, communication workshops, and CPR training are a few examples of the topics covered throughout the year.
Post-Secondary & Career Coaching
The MC² program offers students guidance on their post-secondary education and career goals. Students are given help in searching for schools/programs, completing applications, compiling materials, filling out financial aid information, searching and applying for scholarships, gathering letters of recommendation, and writing essays.
Medical Career Collaborative Application
In order to be eligible to apply, students must:
- Commit to the program for both junior and senior years
- Be a current sophomore
- Attend high school in the counties of Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, and in some cases, Jefferson
MC² aims to create a diverse group of students from the Denver region and accepts students of all backgrounds, socio-economic groups and geographic regions.
Students are chosen by a committee that reviews all applications. The selection committee takes the following into consideration when selecting participants for the program:
- Student essays
- School activities
- Community involvement
- Grade level
- Student need
- Letter of recommendation
MC² is a program that is offered at both Denver Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Students who are selected to participate in MC² will be placed at one of the two hospitals for their internship experience, but will participate in shared programming at both institutions throughout the two year commitment.
Students interested in applying will only need to fill out one application to be considered for either program.