Intern

Summer 2021 Internships are now CLOSED

  • Student interns are typically studying medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, nursing, or other related fields, and gain hands-on, meaningful opportunities to learn and experience the delivery of community-based medical care.
  • Students who are fulfilling internship requirements for their universities may work at AFC for a month, a semester or even a year.
  • Summer interns spend about 2 months with AFC and usually work 2 days per week.

Summer internships are limited and usually highly sought after. Summer intern candidates are encouraged to apply early by submitting an application and scheduling an interview.  Most internships combine both administrative tasks and clinical support.

Contact AFC’s Volunteer Department
For more information, please contact AFC’s Volunteer Department at volunteer@arlingtonfreeclinic.org or 703-979-1425, ext. 147. Thank you for your interest in internships at Arlington Free Clinic!

2021 AFC Summer Interns

Sofia – Women’s Health Intern

My name is Sofia Duque and I am a certified medical assistant. I’m currently a college student at Christopher Newport University majoring in Cell, Molecular, and Physical Biology with hopes of going to Medical School. I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with my dog. I love challenging myself and learning new things, so I can’t wait to meet the staff, our patients, and learn about the beautiful and diverse community at AFC. I look forward to making connections, meeting new faces, and embarking on this journey together.

Kristin – Behavioral Health & Clinical Admin Intern

I am a rising senior at American University majoring in psychology and minoring in public health and Spanish. This summer I’ll be splitting my time between the Behavioral Health Program and Clinical Administration, where I’ll be helping with eligibility. This past semester, I virtually interned at a cancer patient advocacy group based in Madrid. There I was able to work completely in Spanish and learn about patient rights and the healthcare system in a different country. I’m excited to further improve my Spanish and even challenge myself with some interpreting at AFC while gaining more hands on experience within the clinic. Outside of the school and internship sphere, I love staying active! I’ve gotten into rock climbing in the past year and I love running, hiking, biking, yoga and designing home or gym workouts. I also play guitar and have a lovely cat named Sabrina, who lives in my new DC apartment with my four roommates.

Rupa – Finance Intern

This summer, I will be working on the donated services project as well as facilitating telehealth sessions. I am looking forward to learning more about the non-medical aspects of how a free clinic works. As a global health student, I am interested in observing how AFC’s programs impact the surrounding community. I am also excited about using my Spanish in a healthcare setting and hopefully improving my fluency.

Bianca – COVID Vaccine Intern

I am a current Pre-Med Post Bac student at Georgetown University. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I grew up near the ocean, and spent most of my time playing water sports or anywhere that helped me connect with nature. During my free time, I like reading medical memoirs/ biographies written by physicians because it deepens my understanding about the healthcare field. For the last two months, I’ve been interning at Arlington Free Clinic for COVID vaccine clinics, and this opportunity has allowed me to work with staff, nurses, and other volunteers. It has been a very rewarding experience, and I am excited to get as involved as I can this summer, especially as a telemedicine Spanish interpreter for physicians and patients during. I feel fortunate to be part of the community Arlington Free Clinic has built along the years and I can’t wait to assist this coming summer!”

Clare – Development & Events Intern

I am a rising senior at American University double majoring in Public Health and International Relations. I was drawn to this organization through the selfless work they do in the community to reduce health inequities. These inequities have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and their resiliency as an organization really stood out to me. I am so excited to start working with the Development Team and assisting AFC in planning for the upcoming fall gala to garner funding so they can continue their amazing work in the community.

Melanie – Clinical Intern

My name is Melanie Revollo and I am from Woodbridge VA. I am currently studying Biochemistry at Virginia Tech. I plan on going to medical school and have an interest in specializing in surgery. I am excited to be a part of the AFC team and to be of service to our community!

2020 AFC Summer Interns

Cristina – Move to Health Intern

This summer I had been working with the AFC’s Move to Health program. I assisted with calling current and potential patients in the program to evaluate program interest and satisfaction. I also helped coordinate activities for the program and taught a few of the weekly exercise classes. Using my Spanish was crucial for communicating with patients in order to provide them with information on the importance of exercise and nutrition, as well as scheduling appointments for COVID-19 testing. Working for AFC during a global pandemic had its challenges, however all the staff were ready to help and made this a valuable experience for myself and the other interns. I felt like I was able to contribute to the clinic’s mission and positively impact the patients in MTH. I will continue to volunteer at the clinic as an exercise coach for MTH. Thank you to the clinic staff for an amazing summer!

Pooja – Women’s Health Intern

During the summer of 2020, I was given the opportunity to be a student intern for the Women’s Health program at Arlington Free Clinic. I assisted on a series of different projects that pertained to spreading awareness of women’s health education and overall breast health. One of my assigned projects consisted of calling and scheduling patients residing in Arlington. Communicating with patients for this project better enhanced my fluency in Spanish within a professional healthcare setting through the introduction of medical terminology alongside being introduced to the process of data entry. I also worked on making informative flyers and brochures, in both English and Spanish, that were readily distributed amongst the patients of AFCIn addition to the clinical work, I assisted AFC’s volunteer program by auditing and organizing the back-end of the volunteer database. I am genuinely thankful for this internship as I was introduced to telemedicine, data analysis, and imperative medical terminology. The past two months have bolstered my passion for pursuing a career in public health and clinical health research after graduating from George Mason University.  

Pamela –  Clinical Intern

Under AFC’s internship program, I was able to interpret for a psychiatrist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, as well as a primary care doctor during my training. Witnessing these professionals interact with patients and being able to translate for patients, has confirmed my desire to work in the medical field someday. In addition to my work in the Behavioral Health Program, I made phone calls to patients about coronavirus testing, and worked with the Pharmacy team auditing medications and pricing. The internship was ultimately an informative opportunity that I won’t forget and has helped me to finalize my professional goals for the future. 

Danny – Finance Intern

Arlington Free Clinic exemplifies the inclusive environment expected of a workplace. During this internship, I worked under the Director of Finance and assisted with the collection of records of donated services in preparation for the annual audit. Since the beginning of work this summer, my time management has markedly improved. My interpersonal skills such as public speaking, administrative leadership, and oral communicative skills required for effective phone conversations were enriched each day. Most importantly, the clinic has expanded my career goals to help vulnerable populations in medical school and beyond. This includes helping to lead social safety nets for underrepresented minorities, immigrants, and the underinsured. Inspired by Arlington Free Clinic, my remaining time at UVA will be spent working towards making as large of an impact as possible on the Charlottesville community. My goal is to increase accessible mental health services and lead linguistically diverse healthcare systems of the future. 

Lila – Development Intern

This summer I spent my time working closely with the Development department at the clinic. I was initially drawn to this internship because I want to start a career working in the business of health care, and my internship with the clinic only deepened that. I have worked to research and solicit local businesses, organize donor information in Raiser’s Edge, assist with social media, brainstorm ideas for the annual benefit and gala, compile information on grant opportunities, and best of all have the experience of working with an amazing team. I will always value this experience as a great look into the development aspect of health care. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know different staff members in the clinic as well.  

2019 AFC Summer Interns

Aiman – Notre Dame Pharmacy Student

Pursuing a summer internship here at AFC allowed me to experience a unique pharmacy community setting. During my time as an intern here I learned what it is like to run a non-profit pharmacy and how different drugs are acquired at the pharmacy. Donations through vendors, drug companies, and donations all make a difference.I also had the opportunity to check prescriptions while filling the medications, and before the pharmacist did the last verification. These opportunities allowed me early exposures to verifying orders, making sure drugs are being dispensed for the correct therapeutic setting, and most importantly to observe first hand the responsibilities of a pharmacist in a free clinic. I plan to volunteer at the AFC after I graduate pharmacy school because of the positive impact it can make in the community and the lovely experiences and interactions I have had.

Ciaran – College of Wooster Student

I was initially drawn to the clinic as an opportunity to dip my toe in the non-profit sector, and when I applied to intern in March 2019 I was already familiar with the stellar work they had done and was happy to help in any way I could. Since then, my internship with the development office has given me a practical understanding of non-profit fundraising; I’ve worked to compile information on various charitable foundations, organize individual donor contacts in Raiser’s Edge, and solicit local businesses for donations and auction gifts for our 2019 gala. It’s been deeply satisfying to contribute my labor to a humanitarian project like the Arlington Free Clinic, and I’ve cherished this opportunity to gain hands-on workplace experience before I dive head-first into my senior thesis!

Ingrid – James Madison University Pre-PA Student

So far this summer I have been working on a lot of different projects. These include creating a bilingual presentation for patients on the importance of sunscreen usage and learning about fatty liver disease to call patients to inform them of a presentation on the topic. Other tasks I have done include calling patients for appointment reminders and data entry. I have really enjoyed getting to work with the staff and learn how the clinic operates. This has been a great first experience working in the health care field!

Zoe – Occidental College Student

This past summer I was one of the Clinic’s women’s health interns. I assisted with the GYN clinics and Breast Health Outreach Clinics. During the clinics, I worked as a Spanish interpreter. This was a wonderful opportunity because I knew that I was directly impacting the lives of these women in a positive way. Additionally, I was able to make personal and unforgettable connections with the patients as they would often tell me life stories while we were waiting for the doctor.       During the day I worked on a number of projects. One project that I enjoyed working on was sorting through the Clinic’s female patients and contacting (mostly in Spanish) those that were due for GYN related procedures and screenings. I enjoyed doing this because similar to interpreting,  I felt like I was able to make a difference in the lives of these women.  The copious number of calls that I made all paid off at the end of each call when patients were so very grateful that the clinic had reached out to them.

Jana – Virginia Tech Student

This summer I’ve been working closely with Bronwyn, AFC’s Events Manager, and Alicia and Megan too. I’ve always been drawn to nonprofit causes, so interning this summer with the Development Office has been really eye-opening in that I’ve been able to see how fundraising and event planning works in such a well-established organization. I’ve been helping AFC prepare for our Annual Benefit Gala in October, including soliciting donation requests and sponsors. From my first day, I have felt a strong sense of community at the Clinic which makes interning here a very rewarding experience and gives me an idea of what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Danielle – George Mason University Community Health Student

During my internship I’ve had the opportunity to do several projects. One of the biggest projects was going through the pharmacy’s inventory and finding out the medications on each shelf and the total worth of the inventory. I’ve also helped at the front desk with receiving patients, helping patients fill out paperwork, and making dentist appointments. I have also made phone calls to patients, reminding them of their appointments. In the evenings, I have also volunteered as an interpreter. I have enjoyed interacting and getting to know AFC volunteers and staff. My greatest satisfaction is found in serving the patients at the clinic.

Reva – University of Virginia Student

This summer I’ve been working on the donated services project with Coralie. I collect three to four million dollars worth of physician hours donated to the clinic over the fiscal year. I have also worked on analyzing data from the Move to Health program to figure out if patients were improving their health through the program.  I’ve really enjoyed learning about the non-medical side of healthcare and what it takes to keep a clinic running.

Sydney – University of Texas Nursing Student

This summer I have been working with Kennya Alvardo as a Women’s Health Intern. On Thursday’s, I assist Kennya and Luisa in helping run the Breast health or Gynecology clinics. When I’m not assisting with the clinics, I do a lot of data entry for the clinics patients and help organize and schedule patients for future clinics. This summer I was also able to scribe for a doctor, which I loved! Being able to shadow under a RN this summer has been such great exposure and experience for my studies. I am so lucky I spent my summer with AFC!

Former AFC Summer Interns

Allen – George Washington University Medical Student

This past year I started med school, and I wanted to try and come back to volunteer at AFC but couldn’t find the time. I figured maybe summertime would be the best time to come back and help out. Before med school, I had a background in finance and information systems, so because of that I was able to understand everything that was going on with the new volunteer scheduling system. Helping people work through the system and getting them established has been rewarding as well. Also, just getting to know the non-medical staff has been great. When I used to volunteer on the clinic side I didn’t really get a chance to interact with them, but now I’m able to interact with these wonderful people and see them more often.

Sonika – Virginia Commonwealth University Psychology/Pre-Med Student

I’m Coralie’s (AFC’s Director of Finances & Human Resources) intern, so I’m helping with that this summer. I manage the project collecting data on all of the donated medical services that we get from practices in the community. I track them down and ask them to provide information on the value of the donated services they gave to the Clinic over the past year. I enjoyed seeing how it all works; not just the medical part, but the whole financial aspect of it too, because it’s all holistic. I always dig knowing everything about how something works.

Alyssa –  George Washington University Medical Student

One of the best things I’ve gained during my time here is a sense of certainty. When I went into medical school I had an idea that I wanted to go into a primary care field and work in a preventive medicine atmosphere. But it wasn’t really until I got to spend my time here that I became very certain that that is what I wanted to do. So the environment, the people that I work with, and the patients that show up at the clinic have really solidified my aspirations.

Gabi – George Mason University Health Administration

I work with Marlene Alvarez. She’s the clinic’s Eligibility Specialist. I help her with files, entering patient data onto the system, and soon, hopefully, I will also be conducting interviews with the patients for registration. I’ve always wanted to help people, so I went with health administration.

Matt – George Washington University Masters of Public Health Student

As part of my school requirements, I have to do a practicum in a public health setting. My wife works at Virginia Hospital Center as a social worker, so she introduced me to some of the community work that that hospital does. I met with them to find out if I could play a role in using my practicum to help them connect with the community and was directed towards Arlington Free Clinic. I work with Sheila Ryan, Director of Clinical Services, in helping the Clinic understand the volume of its patients that may be going to the ER for what could be a preventable visit. That’s an issue that a lot of communities and health systems are looking at. I’m helping us dig into the data and think through strategies to help connect our patients with care and resources so that they don’t feel like they have to go to the ER.

During her internship at Arlington Free Clinic, Katrina volunteered as an interpreter, led waiting room presentations for patients on topics such as stress management, and updated the patient white board (see pic). But what she loved the most was getting to know all the wonderful volunteers, patients, and staff at AFC.

Over the course of the summer Elizabeth coordinated the gathering of info on over $4M of donated services to Arlington Free Clinic. Thank you to all of our providers of pro bono medical care and thanks for your help with this big project, Elizabeth!

Louisa studies Biology and Health & Society at Southern Methodist University, and plans on going to Medical School. Louisa’s favorite thing about her internship is working in the pharmacy and medical clinic. “I love interacting with the patients, giving them their medication, and meeting the volunteer doctors” she said. “It’s been a great summer at AFC.”

Murphy is studying Biology and Medicine & Society at Virginia Tech, and plans on going to Medical School. Murphy’s favorite thing about her internship is teaching a breast health education class on Thursdays. “When I’m a doctor, I hope to come back and volunteer here,” she said. “It’s a really special place.

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