UCLA Medical Center Care Extenders Medical Internship Program

Interested in the medical field? Apply to join the UCLA Medical Center Care Extenders Medical Internship Program today.

The Care Extender Program provides opportunities for volunteers to experience health care from a clinical perspective through patient contact and volunteer involvement. Care Extenders are trained to assist Medical Center staff, who, in turn, are able to share their personal experiences with their volunteers.

Time spent in the program proves invaluable because it provides each Care Extender with "in-the-trenches" experience in a real hospital setting. Care Extenders are respected as professional members of a patient care team. As a result, they gain an insiders' understanding of the operations of the hospital- an experience which helps them determine their specific course for future studies.

Below are the steps to becoming a Care Extender:

  • To qualify, you must be 18 years or older, currently attend college or already have a degree.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation/application session (by reservation only) and submit the complete application at the end of that session
  • If selected, attend an interview session.

-Upon acceptance into the program (requires one year commitment), you must attend a mandatory training session. You will also need to get CPR certified by the American Heart Association, complete a 2-step TB test, and have proof of MMR vaccination and Varicella vaccination (or proof of history of chicken pox).

Fall 2013 Orientation Sessions have already taken place. Please check back later in the quarter for Winter 2014 dates.