Advancing San Diego – Internship Opportunities

Welcome to the Advancing San Diego Internship Program

Advancing San Diego’s internship program is an opportunity for small local companies to host interns from San Diego training programs that have been designated Preferred Providers of Talent.  This round of internships will focus on students training to be Medical Assistant. Below is a list of healthcare facilities that are offering medical assistant internships starting in January 2022. There are a number of locations across San Diego County to choose from. Medical assistant internships will be in-person experiences, so students are encouraged to select locations that will be easy for them to get to. Staffing partner Manpower will ensure that all healthcare facilities are complying with OHSA standards and directives. If selected for an internship, you will be able to inquire about a hybrid work schedule with your host healthcare facilities, work permitting.

You will submit one internship application listing your top five location/specialty choices. Please review the full list below to evaluate which locations will be easy to get to, and which specialties align with your strengths, interests, and academic background before beginning your application, as it will need to be completed in one sitting.

Please take a moment to review this “How it works” document which walks through each step of the internship program. If you have any questions, please reach out to Andrea Crisantes Suarez, Coordinator, Economic Development, San Diego Regional EDC – acs@sandiegobusiness.org

The application window will close on Tuesday, November 9.

If you have applied, please register here to attend an onboarding information session on November 10, 10:00 – 11:00 am.

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About the company

Mental Health Systems

Mental Health Systems (MHS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to provide innovative and cost-effective mental health and drug and alcohol recovery services. Our agency was established to improve people’s lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies that respect time-proven methods of intervention. Currently, MHS operates more than 85 community-based programs throughout California for people who either cannot afford privately paid services or for whom appropriate services are not otherwise available.

About the internship

Intern Responsibilities: 

The North Coastal Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is dedicated to the treatment and recovery of adults living with a serious mental illness in the North Coastal region of San Diego County. Our participants are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and may also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. We offer recovery-focused wraparound services that include medication management and monitoring, psychiatric assessment and treatment, therapy, dual-recovery treatment, case management, crisis intervention, vocational rehabilitation, and supportive housing assistance. The intern would have the opportunity to collaborate with our LVN and prescribers (NP and MD) in supporting all needs of clients as it relates to their medication management. Services can occur at the program and in the field. The program is a multi-disciplinary team who engage daily and the intern would get to engage in this multi-disciplinary meetings as well.

Desired Skills: 

  • Experience with SMI
  • Experience with SUD
  • Comfortable conducting field work
  • Efficient in a fast paced environment
  • Strong documentation skills

Location: 2122 S El Camino Real, Oceanside, California 92054, United States

Hours expected per week: 25 or more hrs., flexible

About the company

McKinney Family Dentistry

McKinney Family Dentistry has been serving Poway and surrounding communities for over 40 years, first as Drs. Brannon and Brannon and now with Dr. Chris McKinney. McKinney Family Dentistry’s goal has always been to treat their patients with honesty and integrity while providing excellent dentistry. We strive to create a comfortable family environment where patients can rest assured they will be treated with gentle care. They serve patients of all ages and offer a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry, including one day crowns, veneers, implants, extractions, root canals, pediatric and geriatric dentistry.

About the internship

Intern Responsibilities: 

Our internship would cover a range of tasks involved in a dental office. Most of these would revolve around assisting (Sterilization, room set up, chairside assisting). Training on Dentrix software and some front office skills could possibly be involved including appointing and confirming, coordinating with labs, and phones.

Desired Skills: 

  • Patient oriented
  • Team attitude
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Experience with sterilization, room set up, and chairside assisting

Location: 15525 Pomerado Rd C-6, Poway, California 92064, United States

Hours expected per week: 16 – 20 hrs.

About the company

Rady Children Specialist of San Diego 

Caring for kids is not just a part of what we do. It is our entire focus, and it’s been that way for more than 30 years. Our physicians understand the unique healthcare needs of children.
Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego is a medical practice foundation, formed through a partnership among Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Children’s Specialists of San Diego and UC San Diego School of Medicine. The partnership not only improves the delivery of care, but brings the best minds in medicine together to discover treatments and cures for childhood diseases.

About the internship

Intern Responsibilities: 

This internship is a great opportunity to gain clinical experience before completing a certification. A healthcare intern role is a supportive role to physicians, nurses and families in the delivery of patient care in an outpatient clinic setting. Under the supervision of a preceptor an intern will perform vital signs and patient screenings, conduct medication administrations and in office diagnostic testing. Along with other administrative duties as assigned

Desired Skills: 

  • Vital signs
  • Medication administration
  • EKG knowledge
  • Good communication
  • Organized

Locations:

  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Gastroenterology – Main campus
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Endocrinology – Main campus
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Orthopedics – Main Campus
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Orthopedics – Escondido
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Orthopedics – Oceanside
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Dermatology – Main Campus
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Dermatology – Encinitas
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Dermatology – Escondido
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Dermatology – Oceanside
  • Rady Children Specialist of San Diego: Rehab – Main campus

Hours expected per week: 16 – 20 hrs

About the company

Imperial Beach Community Clinics

Imperial Beach Community Clinic (IBCC) has five decades of experience providing excellent, comprehensive and lifelong healthcare to South Bay residents. Each year, our staff provides women’s, behavioral, pediatric and adult care to more than 10,000 patients. We are passionate about serving those who may not otherwise have access to healthcare. To ensure clear communication with all patients, IBCC has many staff members, nurses and doctors who speak both English and Spanish. Our staff are trained to recognize cultural differences among people of differing ages, backgrounds, genders and education levels.

About the internship

Intern Responsibilities: 

A Medical Assistant intern in particular, should expect to gain hands on experience in a number of different patient care services within our patient centered medical home. We provide primary care for Internal, family, and pediatric medicine. In addition to Women’s health, OB/GYN and integrated Behavioral Health. Interns will take vital signs, ekg’s and perform point of care testing, as well as assist with procedures and learn to document in our Electronic Health Record. We believe internships here at IBCC, equip interns with the knowledge and skills that make them ready to work in almost any outpatient setting.

Desired Skills: 

  • Customer service
  • Knowledge of medical terms
  • Medical Administration
  • Vital signs
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Teamwork

Locations: 

  • Imperial Beach Community Clinic: Nestor Community Health Center
  • Imperial Beach Community Clinic: Imperial Beach Health Center

Hours expected per week: More than 25 hrs., flexible

About the company

TrueCare

TrueCare has been providing full-service healthcare to the underserved for close to 50 years. We offer adult and pediatric healthcare visits, women’s health, behavioral health, chiropractic and dentistry. We have 650 employees and serve approximately 60k patients throughout 12 sites in Northern San Diego County and 1 site in Riverside County.

About the internship

Intern Responsibilities: 

The healthcare intern would learn via shadowing the Medical Assistant role responsible for performing routine clinical and administrative tasks including: taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications. Administrative duties may include answering phone calls, registering new patients, scheduling appointments and collecting and posting fees.

Desired Skills: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (may be required at some clinics)
  • Enthusiasm to learn medical terminology, medical laboratory procedures and healthcare operations and work flow
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, medical laboratory procedures and healthcare operations and work flow

Location:

  • TrueCare Encinitas
  • TureCare Oceanside

Hours expected per week: 21 – 25 hrs

About the company

San Ysidro Health

San Ysidro Health is a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible, and affordable health care services for the entire family.
We provide high-quality health care to the underserved populations of San Diego and San Diego County and improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve with access for all.

About the internship

Intern Responsibilities: 

Our goal is to train Interns who will stay in the community to serve the ongoing medical needs and challenges faced in providing accessible and quality health care to all populations.
Health care interns can expect to be hands-on, have direct patient care, including immunization, lab testing, telemedicine, work alongside providers, a partner in team care, learn different MA roles within the organization.

Desired Skills: 

  • Experience administrating immunizations
  • Vital signs
  • Understand electronic record
  • Language skills
  • Flexible

Locations:

  • San Ysidro Health Center
  • Beyer Senior Health Services
  • Otay Family Health Center
  • Chula Vista Medical Plaza
  • San Ysidro Health National City
  • San Ysidro Health South Bay
  • Chula Vista Pediatrics
  • San Ysidro Health CHC – Ocean View
  • San Ysidro Health Paradise Hills
  • San Ysidro Health Care View Health Center
  • San Ysidro Health 25th Street Family Medicine
  • San Ysidro Health Alpine Family Medicine

Hours expected per week: More than 25 hrs., flexible