Upper Collegiate & Beyond

MSI AHEC’s programs for college students are geared toward enhancing the medical education experience.

Students work on service learning and research projects and are placed in hospitals, clinical and non-clinical community health environments. Our committed medical partners share their knowledge and experiences and students engage in health research, go on exploration field trips and receive assistance with the medical school application process.


Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC)

The 2016 application period has closed.

For CUNY City College upper sophomores and  juniors

  • Engage in service learning projects with medically under-served populations through internship placements
  • Focus on primary care disciplines
  • Learn about the National Health Service Corps

Contact the program manager, Angela Banfield, at abanfield@msi.ahecsites.hwny.org to find out more.

Applications available on the City College website.

Health Careers Internship Program (HCIP) 

Click HERE to apply.

For rising college juniors, seniors, and post-baccalaureate students

  • Six-week internship placements in hospitals and community-based health centers and organizations
  • Weekly didactic sessions with health professionals and field trips
  • Networking opportunities with 2nd year medical students and professionals
  • Exposure to health careers and community health issues

2017 Summer Program Session: TBA

Students will report to placement sites Monday through Thursday, and will have didactic sessions with medical and nursing students on Fridays.

Application Components

  • Online Application: Includes Basic Information, Health Interests, and Essay
  •  Resume and Transcripts: Please email a current copy of your unofficial transcript from the college you last attended and your resume to infohcip@gmail.com.
  • Recommendations:  Please provide TWO letters of recommendation.  At least one should be from a professor, and another should be from an employer, supervisor, or mentor. Please send all letters of recommendation on official letterhead directly to infohcip@gmail.com.

** Only complete applications received by March 31st will be reviewed.

NERA MedPrep Health Careers Opportunity Program

For college freshmen and sophomores

MedPrep is a free, summer enrichment program targeting traditionally underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged New York City and New Jersey resident college freshmen and sophomores interested in attending medical school. MedPrep is a 3 year summer commitment designed to give students an opportunity to develop key skills and competencies important to success on the MCAT and in medical school.

The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep Program is a partnership between Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center.

The program uniquely builds on the collective expertise of four outstanding institutions to expand health careers preparation for minority and disadvantaged students from junior high school through medical school with the goal of increasing competitiveness for medical school. Ultimately, we expect that our scholars will have the humanism, professionalism and interpersonal skills required of a future physician caring for a diverse population.

Please go to the NERA MedPrep Website for more information.

Community Health Experience (CHE)

For second-year NYCOM medical students

Board Member Ann-Gel Palermo leading CHE and HCIP  students on a walking tour of Harlem.

Board Member Ann-Gel Palermo leading CHE and HCIP  students on a walking tour of Harlem.

  • Provides community-based, non-clinical internships for future doctors who have expressed interest in working in medically underserved communities
  • Enhances medical education experience with curriculum and hands-on experience in community health and health disparities
  • Weekly didactic curriculum, including guest speakers covering Health Policy, Health Literacy, Immigrant Health, and Health Disparities
  1. This program is a partnership between the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and the NY Metropolitan Regional AHEC office and the three AHECs serving New York City (Brooklyn/Queens/Long Island AHECBronx/Westchester AHEC, and Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC). The Metro AHECs are looking to expand the Community Health Experience Program to other health professions schools and community organizations. If you are interested, please contact us at 212-534-3432.