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Medical Career Collaborative Program

The Medical Career Collaborative (MC²) program propels high school students towards careers in healthcare through hands-on experiences and professional development opportunities. MC² is a two-year program, with programming activities taking place at both Denver Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Contact us at 303-602-2685 or marisa.valeras@dhha.org.

Watch Adult Urgent Care Center intern Amy Nguyen talk about how her experience at Denver Health shaped her future.

Through the following activities, students get a jump start on their future in healthcare:

Field Trips
MC² students attend monthly field trips to gain exposure to a number of different areas in the healthcare field.

MC² students are eligible for a paid internship at Denver Health or Children's Hospital Colorado. Once assigned to a hospital, students will be slated into an internship session in the fall, spring, or summer of their junior year. During the internship component of the program, MC² students are placed in one department at their designated hospital where they work (and learn) alongside hospital team members.

Service Learning/Volunteering
MC² students engage in service learning opportunities designed to give back to the local community.

Personal & Professional Development Opportunities
Participating students engage in seminars, workshops and trainings designed to build students' personal and professional competencies.

Post-Secondary & Career Coaching
MC² seniors receive post-secondary coaching around their educational and career goals, college applications, scholarship applications, gathering letters of recommendation and writing essays.

Medical Career Collaborative Application

MC² is currently offered at both Denver Health and Children's Hospital Colorado.

Students interested in applying will only need to fill out one application to be considered for either program.

Current high school sophomores who attend school in the Denver metro area are invited to apply and, if accepted, begin participation at the start of their junior year.

In an effort to build a workforce that better represents the communities served in healthcare, MC² focuses on recruiting students from groups that are underrepresented in the healthcare workforce.

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
  • References
  • Student need and representation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • GPA

The 2023-2024 MC2 application season is now closed. Please check back in January 2024 to access the 2024-2025 MC2 application.