HHV Internships

The HHV internship provides real-world experience in a variety of health-related settings ranging from a school nurse program and shelter for women experiencing homelessness to a community health center and refugee health clinic. Designed to give students a broad perspective on the social and cultural dimensions of health and health care, the HHV internship is where students apply the ideas that they have learned from coursework to real-world situations. In many cases, the internship experience becomes the inspiration for a student’s HHV senior thesis. The experience is often transformative, sparking a passion for tackling some of the biggest issues facing health care today—health disparities, cultural competence, health literacy, the social and political determinants of health, and health and social justice.   

Descriptions of HHV Internship Sites

Banner-Diamond Children’s Multispecialty Clinic

Location: 535 N. Wilmot Rd. Ste. 101
Number of positions per semester: 2

Description:  The University Of Arizona’s ‘Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy’ (CPAE) Center http://peds.arizona.edu/cpae is a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). PANS and PANDAS are two related disorders that result from an incorrect immune response that results in inflammation in the brain. As a result, patients experience varying symptoms, such as OCD, restrictive eating, anxiety, tics, cognitive regression, and more. As a multidisciplinary clinic, the clinic is comprised of a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, an immunologist, a neurologist, a behavioral psychologist and a psychiatrist, who all work in tandem to see patients in a single visit.  

Interns will attend a once-weekly clinic, where they will assist in administering a ‘Physical and Neurological Examination for Soft Signs’ (PANESS). The PANESS is comprised of a series of movement-related tasks that focus on dexterity and coordination, the results of which provide a clear sense of subtle neurological abnormalities that are oftentimes missed on a typical physical examination. The exam takes about 15 minutes and requires careful observation, documentation, and scoring that our physicians then use in their diagnosis and treatment. Once they complete all assigned PANESS tests during each clinic visit, interns will then shadow in the room of the last patient to observe how each specialty approaches care for this population.


Banner University Family Medicine

Location: 707 N Alvernon Way #101, Tucson, AZ 85716
Number of positions per semester: 4

Description:  The intern will work directly with the Quality Improvement and Population Health Coordinator, Medical Directors of the Alvernon, South Campus, and Mobile Health clinics, clinical faculty, residents, nursing, and support staff on one or more projects to improve health outcomes for patients. Projects may be population specific, for example patients with poorly controlled diabetes, women eligible for cervical cancer screening, pediatric patients, or other populations based on clinical needs and the interests of the intern. Goals of the project will be to improve access to care and utilization of clinical services, to increase patient health education, or enhance education of and utilization of preventive services (cancer screenings, vaccinations). 

Notes: Ideal for students interested in learning more about family medicine and population health outcomes.


El Rio Community Health Center

Location: Manning House,  450 West Paseo Redondo # 212, Tucson, AZ 85701
Number of positions per semester: 3-4

Description: Social determinants of health, diabetes education, weight loss (patient interaction and/or research). Projects can be tailored to student’s interests. Activities can involve interactions with patients in a clinical setting and/or research on health outcomes. Students in the past have worked on weight loss for adult diabetics and fall risk prevention for older adults.  Internship includes shadowing physicians.


Elder Rehab

Location: Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road 85718
Number of positions per semester: 2-3

Description: Elder Rehab is a research-tested physical, mental, and social stimulation program, developed by psychologist, Sharon Arkin. A senior, memory-impaired participant will be partnered with a U of A volunteer “Personal Trainer” who will supervise the participant in physical fitness workouts and engage in memory and language stimulation.


Han University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Location: 2856 E. Fort Lowell Road
Number of positions per semester: 2-3

Description: Intern will design a project relating to health education administration.

Notes: Project can be tailored to student’s interests. Students will have the opportunity to learn about training in and practice of traditional Chinese medicine with a focus on acupuncture and use of herbs.  In the past, interns have received treatments, attended classes, and shadowed clinicians.


Medication Management Center, College of Pharmacy

Location: 220 W 6th Street
Number of positions per semester: 2

Description: Established by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson in 2006, the Medication Management Center (MMC) is a call center with board-certified pharmacists, pharmacy residents, student pharmacists, certified pharmacy technicians, nurses and nursing students who work together as an expert team in complex and chronic disease state management. They advise patients and their physicians on ways to achieve the best outcomes from drug therapy.

The internship introduces students to the field of medication therapy management (MTM), interprofessional collaboration, and managed care pharmacy. Students are given the opportunity to shadow several programs the MMC delivers, such as transitions of care, MTM, opioid case management, and many others, and to learn more about the role of the pharmacy profession.


Mobile Health Program

Number of positions per semester: 1

Description:  Native or fluent Spanish speakers only. The MHP targets low-income, uninsured pregnant women and infants, children, teens, and adults living in medically underserved areas in Tucson, South Tucson, and unincorporated Pima County. Internship involves participating in clinical care and diabetes outreach to underserved populations. Current clinic sites are focused on three particular groups: (1) schools with high populations of low-income students; (2) community resource centers providing much-needed services to individuals; and (3) churches in low-income areas that act as congregation points. Clinical care is provided by two Nurse Practitioners and two Physicians, supported by a Medical Assistant, Clinic Driver, and a Community Health Educator.


Primavera Foundation- Casa Paloma Shelter

Location: Downtown
Number of positions per semester: 1

Description: Casa Paloma Shelter is an outreach center that provides a mailing address, telephone use, bathrooms & free toiletries and meds to homeless individuals in need. The three main areas interns are needed are the Hygiene Station, Mail Station and Food boxes. Casa Paloma is a program that helps unaccompanied homeless women. The program includes a drop-in center for women and transitional housing. Services include case management, referrals, showers and clothing, hot meals and sack lunches. Interns are needed for making lunches and organizing projects.  

Notes: Interns need to deal well with challenging situations. Times are flexible for HIP but Monday and Wednesday 8 am-noon are especially needed. Only women can work with Casa Paloma clients. Both opportunities will provide students with background on the social lives and struggles of the homeless population which are high utilizers of health care services.


Tucson Collaborative Care (TC3)

Location:  Tucson Fire Department Headquarters 300 S Fire Central Pl, Tucson, AZ 85701
Number of positions available: 2

TC3 is a community paramedicine program run out of the which uses social workers, paramedics, and firefighters to identify high utilizers of the 911 system and to connect them with needed behavioral health, medical, and/or social services.  Internship involves working closely with the team to help develop policies and procedures for the program, client navigation tools, and creating multimedia resources for field crews. Interns will have the opportunity to accompany the team in the field and interact with clients.


United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona

Location: 630 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711
Number of positions per semester: 2

Description: Paid internship. Requires training and CPR certification. Cost is approx. $150 prior to start of internship. 2/3 of your time would be providing direct services to a client with the remainder spent attending their weekly staffing meetings to learn more about the needs of their clients, the challenges of meeting those needs, and how the organization meets them. 


Pueblo High School, Tucson Unified School District, School Nurse Program 

Location: 3500 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
Number of positions per semester: 2

Description: The intern will work with school nursing and social work personnel to assess and refer students for mental health, counseling, reproductive health services, health prevention and promotion, domestic violence, addictions treatment, and much more. Pueblo has developed highly innovative programs for addressing the many challenging issues facing their student population which include, family conflict, incarceration, deportation of family members, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, drug addiction, food insecurity, and homelessness.



  1. Integrative Touch for Kids
  2. TRAK- Animal Assisted Life Skills Program
  3. Tu Nidito 
  4. Pima County Health Department
  5. Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
  6. UA Campus Health Promotion and Preventive Services