DrFirst Summer Internship Program

Program Description

Summer programs at DrFirst provide an opportunity to spend a summer working alongside our staff to create innovative technology that makes an impact on the healthcare market. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at DrFirst in late May or early June. Students will complete designated projects while also supporting their teams, as well as gain educational experience in their fields of study while contributing to DrFirst initiatives. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of enrichment activities, including information sessions and career advisement, professional development workshops, and team building events.

 

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Eligibility

The 2019 Summer Internship Program is for students who are sixteen years of age or older by June 15, 2019.

 

Application Procedure

Prospective candidates must apply online. The application is available from February 1st to April 10th. The application requires:

  • a resume
  • a cover letter describing the applicant’s interests and career goals (template provided by DrFirst)
  • the names and contact information for two references

 

Selection

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from February through April by department heads and recruiters. Candidates will be informed of their selection by April 15th.

 

DrFirst Internship Goals

One of DrFirst’s goals is to build a highly diverse and inclusive workforce. Toward that goal, we have designed a program to provide the next generation of youth an opportunity to get involved with healthcare and technology in a wide variety of positions across the company. We want to give our interns a chance to work across the board and gain exposure to all facets of a company that works as a team to achieve success.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are these training opportunities located?

Internships are primarily located at our corporate headquarters in Rockville, MD. Limited opportunities may be available in Germantown, MD and Mesa, AZ.

Is this a paid internship?

Yes. Students who are selected receive hourly compensation that is based on education level and experience.

Is summer housing provided?

We are unable to provide housing for summer interns.

What are the start and end dates for the program?

Start and end dates are negotiated individually by the applicant. Students selected for the program usually begin work between mid-May and the first week of June. The minimum time commitment is eight weeks, 40 hours per week.

Are there separate summer internship programs for high school, college, and graduate students?

No, there is a single Summer Internship Program at DrFirst. The applications from high school, college, and graduate students are stored in a single database.

 

Eligibility

Can I apply if I am not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States?

Yes

Are there any eligibility criteria?

You must be sixteen years of age or older by June 15, 2019 to be an intern in the summer of 2019.

Is the summer program limited to specific majors?

No.

Is there a minimum GPA to participate in this program?

No. However, we will be looking for interns who meet our standards and will select applicants who are most likely to make the greatest contributions.  Students with a GPA below 3.0 GPA are unlikely to be selected.

 

Application Procedure

Is there a deadline for submission of applications?

No, but most positions will be filled by April 15th or earlier. Once all positions are filled the application process will be closed.

Can I update my application from last year?

No. You will need to reapply and request new letters from your references.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

You should select references who are able to explain why you would be a good addition to DrFirst. Anyone who could comment on your skills in creativity, problem solving, motivation, ability to handle complex problems and concepts, etc. would be a good choice. Recommendations from individuals with a healthcare or technology background are likely to carry more weight than recommendations from those with less understanding of our industry. Recommendations from family members are never appropriate. You may wish to provide your references with information on the program, your resume or c.v., and a description of what you hope to accomplish so that they can write a highly relevant letter.

I am a high school student. What should I enter for “Total Credit Hours” and “Major”?

Please enter “0” (zero) and “NA” (not applicable), respectively.

Should I list all the courses and grades that I have completed or only relevant courses?

Please list all of your completed courses, as well as the courses that you plan to complete by the end of the academic year.  Be certain to include an informative course title rather than just providing the course number.

How will I be notified if I am selected?

We will contact you by phone and email.

How soon can I expect to hear that I am selected?

On or about June 1, those who have not been selected will be informed via email. Remember, there is no central selection committee for this program.

 

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