We strongly encourage our students to gain field experience through internships or volunteer work so that they can apply their education in the workplace and also gain valuable experience which will be helpful in making decisions regarding their careers.
To meet this need, we have established several January Term programs that serve to enrich a student’s experience at Austin College. One program places students in hospitals in Sherman and Denison where they have the opportunity to explore a variety of career options and obtain a general overview of the health care delivery system as they rotate through various departments of the hospital.
Students may also design a Career Study Off Campus. This study is usually completed either in the January Term or Summer Term. Proposed studies are typically designed by the student in cooperation with a hospital, clinic, or an individual health care professional. This program allows students to gain valuable experience in a variety of health care settings.
A special program, the Wright Health Science Program , provides summer tuition for select students who are completing internships in the allied health sciences (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, health care administration).
Summer Programs – For summer program information, please consult the Health Sciences Bulletin Board on the first floor of Moody Science Center and the Bulletin Board outside Dr. Redshaw’s office on the third floor of Moody Science.
ExxonMobil Sponsored Internships – Each summer ExxonMobil sponsors paid internships in non-profit agencies, some of which are at health-related organizations in the Dallas and Houston areas. Check the Exxon binder in Adams Center’s Resource Library for listing and internship descriptions.
Health Sciences Resource Library
Our health sciences library is located on the 2nd floor of the Wright Campus Center and contains a variety of information regarding careers in the health sciences. The library offers students the opportunity to examine information such as prerequisite courses and standardized test materials for various professional programs, national directories for professional programs, books on interviewing, brochures on various health sciences programs, etc. We encourage our students to use these resources as a way of becoming more familiar with the variety of opportunities existing in health care today.