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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Applying for the Health Care Ethics Internship

The application period for the 2019-20 Health Care Ethics Internship is open.

Our application period begins January 21st and closes February 20th.

Applying for the Health Care Ethics Internship Program

The Health Care Ethics Internship program, sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, in partnership with local hospitals and other health care facilities, is open to all rising Santa Clara University junior and senior undergraduates who are interested in health care ethics. Since there are a limited number of placements available, students will be selected based on qualifications and interviews.

A firm commitment of one academic year is required. This includes five hours a week of clinical rotations, plus reflection sessions on Tuesdays from 5:40-7:20 p.m (approximately six sessions per quarter). The internship is a five-credit upper-division pass/no pass course for which students register in the spring quarter. At least one Ethics course taken at Santa Clara University, or an approved equivalent, is required prior to the start of the internship in September 2019. Accepted students will be asked to provide verification that the Ethics course was completed with a passing grade. Please review the list of approved courses for the ethics pre-requisite.

Completed applications are due by Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Completed applications should include:

  1. The Application Form (Including the Letter of Intent)
    1. Letter of Intent (300-500 words)—State your objectives and goals for participating in the Health Care Ethics Internship.
  2. Two Recommendations* - At least one must be from an SCU faculty member who can speak to your aptitude and interest in the internship. The second may be from an SCU staff/faculty member, a previous or current employer, advisor, church or community leader. Neither may be from a family member or friend.
  3. Your official SCU transcript. (If you are a transfer student, please also include official transcripts from previous colleges/universities you have attended.)

Completed applications must be submitted 2 ways (before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019):

  1. An electronic copy of the Application Form (including the Letter of Intent) should be emailed to Ryvenna Lewis, Health Care Ethics Internship Manager, at
  2. A hard copy of your Application Form (including the Letter of Intent), Recommendations*, and Transcripts** should be brought to Ryvenna Lewis at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Vari Hall, 1st Floor).

Interviews with staff members from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will be arranged upon completion of the previous items. Please note that not all applicants will be invited for an interview.

You will be notified by email and/or mail if you are accepted to the program.

Please note that when accepted into the program, all health care ethics interns must complete a background screen and health screening process, before the end of Spring Quarter 2019, and be cleared by the hospital(s) in order to participate in the program.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ryvenna Lewis, Health Care Ethics Internship Manager, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics by phone (408-554-5716) or email (

*Recommendations can be mailed/emailed directly from the recommender OR submitted by the applicant (hard copies only). If submitted by the applicant, envelopes must be sealed and signed across the flap, by the recommender. Further instruction can be found on the PDF form for recommenders, “Recommendation Form."

**Transcripts can be mailed directly to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (see full mailing address below) or mailed to the applicant. If applicant receives transcript and delivers to the Ethics Center, please be sure the original seal is intact.

Please be sure to open the Application FormRecommendation Form with Adobe Reader. (Download Adobe Reader XI for free). If working on a Mac, do NOT open/save in Preview.



Full Mailing Address:

Ryvenna Lewis
Health Care Ethics Internship Manager
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053