Internships

We are currently accepting applications for future internships. The CHITREC Internship Program offers a comprehensive and pragmatic view into the dynamic world of health information technology. At CHITREC, we believe meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) will be a transformative force to improve the quality, safety and value of health care for all Chicagoans.  As a CHITREC intern, you would be part of making that change happen.  Interns are challenged with real project experience and introduced to the inner workings of a start-up minded organization.

Along with a specific project and overall experience with the organization, CHITREC ensures that internships are supportive and inclusive for individual growth.  Team education and one-on-one mentoring are key to the success of the program.

CHITREC is based on Collaboration, Trust, Leadership, Service and Community. We seek individuals with the same passion and ambition to drive change now and help shape the future of the health IT workforce.

Program Highlights

CHITREC internships feature high impact projects that provide tangible and practical experience.  Internships vary, but they begin with a 3 month period that may continue for another 3 months based on project needs and performance.  Work schedules are flexible, but are usually 20 to 40 hours per week.

Internship Descriptions – updated August 2014

We are currently accepting applications for fall internships that would begin in late September or early October.  See details below.

Education & Outreach Intern

We are seeking an intern to work in the CHITREC office to concentrate on our outreach efforts for the Illinois Medicaid EHR Incentive Program by helping to organize data and conduct direct outreach to area providers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Call, email, fax and follow-up with Medicaid providers to recruit and move them through the EHR Incentive Program
  • Research mailing lists to find new providers for recruitment (e.g., Google searched, identifying organization and other info to improve target messaging)
  • Manipulate spreadsheets to organize and identify outreach targets
  • Data entry/editing in Salesforce

Competencies:

  • Great oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience cold calling/following up with customers/physicians
  • Familiar with the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
  • Desire to work in healthcare/health IT
  • Microsoft Excel

Time commitment:

  • 15 – 25 hours/ week
  • 3 – 6 months
  • Start date: late September/early October, 2014

Patient Engagement Intern

We are seeking an intern to work in a community health center to engage patients by teaching them how to access their health records via the patient portal.

Responsibilities include:

  • Explain the initial log on and password set-up
  • Explain what items are in the health record and how to access them
  • Identify additional educational opportunities or needs for the patient
  • Explain other features in the portal, such as secure messaging with the clinic
  • Compile an evaluation of your experience/patient interactions

Competencies:

  • Great communication skills
  • Desire to work in healthcare/health IT
  • Enjoys working within the community
  • Bilingual is a plus – some of the health centers have large Spanish speaking populations
  • Ability to travel within the city to different health centers

Time commitment:

  • 20 – 40 hours/week
  • 3 – 6 months
  • Start date: late September/early October 2014

Data Analyst/Build Intern

We are seeking an intern to work in the CHITREC office to concentrate on data analysis/tool build projects related to the Illinois Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Building an automated evaluation process for project progress composed of:
  1. merging all outreach activities and data from marketing campaigns
  2. cleaning log from CHITREC help desk with provider details
  3. collecting updated data from HFS for their Medicaid incentive program
  • Continuing the build of a providers directory (backend/frontend) with info in our CRM, adding mapping component for better visualization, as well as other attributes as identified

Competencies:

  • Statistical analysis tools such as SPSS, SAS, and R
  • Excel
  • Interest in healthcare/health IT
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Programming experience a plus

Time commitment:

  • 30 – 40 hours/ week
  • 3 – 6 months
  • Start date: late September/early October, 2014

Eligibility

CHITREC internships offer experiences for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and education. We are seeking smart, motivated and passionate people who have a genuine desire to learn and grow in the health IT arena. Applicants should be comfortable using a computer for daily tasks and learning about various forms of IT, have experience or education in health care and/or IT, and enjoy working with others and sharing ideas with a team.

CHITREC internships are conducted during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) at the CHITREC office or partner organization’s office.  We are unable to accommodate those individuals who only have evening and weekend availability.

CHITREC offers paid internships that are $10/hour. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in receiving college credit, CHITREC offers unpaid internships that can be arranged with your school. All applicants must be able to work legally in the United States.

How to Apply

Interested individuals can apply for an internship at any time, and applications will be kept on file for 6 months.  If you are not contacted for an internship within 6 months of applying, but are still interested in being considered for open positions, please re-submit your application.  Due to the large number of applications, we are unable to respond to individual requests.  You will receive a confirmation email when your application is received.

Please click here to apply.

Intern Alumni

Where are they now?  What are previous interns saying about their experience?  Click here to find out!