What is the Porter Hospital internship?

This internship offers you the opportunity to see what life might look like if you choose a career in medicine. You and your assigned physician preceptor will work out a schedule for you to shadow the physician based on the physician’s work schedule and your availability.

You will have the opportunity to observe the physicians performing their duties, as well as speak with physicians about topics of interest. In addition, you will have the opportunity to go on rotations in other departments, including surgery, emergency care, labor and delivery, and radiology, among others.

How the process works:

  • Apply through MOJO by the deadline. To find the listing in MOJO for this internship:
    > Go to MOJO and log in.
    > Select Jobs/Internships; then Midd-friendly Jobs/Internships.
    > In the keywords field, enter "Porter." This will take you to the
    detailed listing.
  • The schedule for the month of January is flexible and dependent on your ability to communicate with physicians in a timely manner. You are required to have a minimum of 100 contact hours, averaging about 25 hours a week over four weeks. In this scenario, you might spend two days a week (16 hours) with your assigned mentor; the other days of the week will split between shadowing and meeting with other physicians in your interest areas. Some students arrange for many more than 100 hours of clinical experience during the month.
  • You will have one main physician mentor. However, you are expected to observe additional physicians or hospital departments, and it is your responsibility to schedule these rotations.
  • You will be required to attend an orientation meeting before the start of the internship.
  • You will be required to attend a closing meeting at the end of the internship.
  • Most assignments will be made with physicians based at Porter Hospital; some will be made with doctors in the town of Middlebury or surrounding areas, including Bristol or Brandon, which necessitates access to a car.
  • Mary Lothrop, Director of Health Professions at CCI, coordinates the review of candidates with the Porter Hospital physician liaison who makes the final selection decision.
  • About 15 students will be selected; it is a competitive process, with typically 1 out of 2 applications accepted.
  • You will be contacted after the deadline to notify you if you have, or have not, been selected for the internship.
  • Once selected, Porter interns will need to complete the application for winter term credit. Mary Lothrop, director of Health Professions, will serve as the academic sponsor for all Porter interns.