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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Applying for the Health Care Ethics Internship

The application period for 2022-23 Health Care Ethics Internships is now closed.

Applications for the 2022-23 HCEI program are now closed. Watch this space in in 2023 for information about the 2023-24 academic year application process.

Applying for the Health Care Ethics Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in the 2022-23 Markkula Center For Applied Ethics Health Care Ethics Internship. The internship is designed for students interested in ethical dilemmas faced in health care and biotechnology. It provides exposure to health care providers and leaders, as well as an opportunity to reflect on and discuss classic and emerging issues in bioethics. 

Some of the topics covered by previous Intern Classes: 

Racial Health Disparities; Disability Ethics and Ableism; Stem cells and Personalized Medicine; Transgender Ethics; Physician Assisted Death; Human Enhancement Technology.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are now closed. Watch this space in 2023 for information about internships available for the 2023-24 academic year.

  1. The Internship meets all three quarters and fulfils the Experiential Learning for Social Justice (ELSJ) requirement. Students register for the Internship (ELSJ 198) during the spring quarter. The Internship is a 5-credit, upper division, pass/no pass course. 
  2. The Internship is associated with the Applied Ethics Pathway. Students who declare a Pathway in this area may use a representative piece of work from this course in their Pathway Portfolio which is completed during their senior year.
  3. The internship consists of clinical rotations (pending COVID restrictions) as well as a weekly meeting for reflection and discussion. There will be several short required reflection papers as well as required reading. 
    1. The clinical rotations vary, but most require an average of 20-30 hours each quarter.
    2. The weekly meeting is on Tuesday, 5:40 PM - 7:20 PM on the Santa Clara University Campus (or by Zoom, based on COVID restrictions).
  4. Because of the time commitment, Interns can not study abroad during the year of their internship.
  1. Admission is open to students who will be Juniors or Seniors in the Fall Quarter of 2022 (current Sophomores and Juniors).
  2. Applicants must have taken and passed an ethics class at Santa Clara University, or an approved equivalent, prior to the start of the internship in September 2022. Please review the list of approved courses for the ethics pre-requisite.
  3. Applicants must undergo a background check and health screening prior to starting their rotations. Markkula Center Staff will provide instructions. Interns are responsible for completing all necessary checks and screening. Interns can not be allowed to start their rotations until these tasks are completed. 
  4. Completed applications packets, including student application, Statement of Purpose, university transcript(s), and two (2) Letters of Reference are due by 9:00 a.m. Pacific, Wednesday May 18, 2022. Late or incomplete applications can not be considered.


  1. Complete an Application Form.
  2. Write a Personal Statement. This can be uploaded into the Application Form.
    1. The statement should tell the reader why you are interested in the Internship and what you hope to get out of the experience.  (400-500 words)
  3. Submit two (2) Letters of Reference, one of which is from a SCU faculty or staff member.  
    1. There is a link within the Application Form that you can send to your reference. It will contain instructions for completing and submitting the Letter of Reference.
    2. Letters of Reference from family members of friends will not be accepted. 
  4. Submit current copies of all of your college and university transcripts, beginning with your first year. These can be uploaded into the Application Form.
  5. Completed application packets, including student application, Personal Statement, university transcript(s), and two (2) Letters of Reference are due by 9:00 a.m. Pacific Wednesday, May 18, 2022.  Late or incomplete applications can not be considered.
  1. Application packages will be reviewed by members of the Health Care Ethics Internship Admissions Committee. 
  2. Selected students will be invited to interview with committee members. The interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Unfortunately, we are not able to interview all the applicants. 
  3. Admission decisions will be based on academic achievement, dedication to social justice, quality of Personal Statement and Letters of Reference, potential for enriching the Internship, and interviews.
  4. Internship admission offers will be announced in June via email. Students are asked to confirm their plan to be part of the internship no more than two weeks after being offered admission.