2024 Summer Ethics Internship

Posted March 08th 2024

Advocate Health


The Midwest Ethics Program at Advocate Health is seeking applicants for its Summer 2024 Ethics Internship. This Internship is ideal for individuals with a career in medicine or healthcare looking to pivot to an Ethics-related role, or for post-baccalaureate students interested in or currently pursuing a graduate/professional degree in a related field hoping to gain exposure to clinical, organizational, and social ethics issues in a major health care enterprise.

Position: This Internship offers the opportunity to work with the Ethics Leadership Team, Clinical Ethicists, Ethics Fellows, and Ethics Committees of the Midwest Region of Advocate Health. The Midwest Ethics Program’s provides ethics resources and expertise to more than 30 hospitals and service lines in Illinois and Wisconsin, and also collaborates on organizational and social ethics issues impacting the whole enterprise of Advocate Health. The Intern will contribute to these initiatives and also complete an Ethics Project to be presented at the conclusion of the Internship.

General Requirements: Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have completed some coursework in Ethics or a related field or have other relevant clinical experience. Those entering or currently enrolled in a graduate degree program are expected to be studying medical ethics or a related field, with a goal of pursuing a career in clinical or academic bioethics.
Schedule: The schedule is flexible and based on both the Intern’s and the Ethics Program’s schedules. In general, the Internship will start at the end of May or beginning of June and run for 10 weeks. The Intern is expected to work up to but no more than 20 hours per week. This position is designed to be remote. Please inquire for a full list of where remote work is available.

Compensation and Credit: This Internship is accompanied by a $10,000 stipend offered with gratitude from the Aurora Foundation. The Ethics Program will work with the Intern’s academic institution to establish credit if required by the institution and/or desired by the Intern.

General Goal: To gain the knowledge, experience, and qualifications necessary for discerning a professional career in health care ethics within a health care organization. Additional goals include gaining knowledge of and experience with:
• The executive and administrative environment of health care, and relevant organizational ethics issues
• Development of relevant leadership skills
• Ethics committee integration with health care
• Hospital policy development
• Clinical ethics consultation
• Ethical research applicable to real-world problems of health care

General Duty: To provide general ethics assistance in a mentored context for the Advocate Health Midwest Ethics Program. Additional duties include:
• Conducting research, including: searching databases, library catalogues, and other appropriate resources; obtaining desired materials; analysis and synthesis of these materials; and the organization of these materials as appropriate.
• Assisting in the preparation and presentation of ethics education and consultation materials.
• Assistance with serving the ethics committees, service lines, or working groups.
• Participating in clinical aspects of ethics consultation, i.e., fact finding, care team member meetings, patient and family meetings, ethical analysis, chart note documentation.

Reporting and Other Accountabilities: Volunteer Services oversees initial onboarding then delegates day-to-day oversight to the Ethics Program. The Ethics Intern is supervised by the Director, Ethics. The Intern will be assigned a mentor and a preceptor within the Ethics Program.

To apply, please send (1) a letter of interest of approximately 500 words explaining your interest in the internship and how it fits into your career goals, (2) your curriculum vita/resume, and (3) a letter of reference, including the contact information for the reference, to: aah-midwestethicsprogram@aah.org with the subject line: 2024 Intern Application. Applications due by April 1st, 2024.

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