HIP: JOF's Healthcare Immersion Program

Summer intern at Webster Orthopedics

The Jackson Orthopedic Foundation Healthcare Immersion Program (HIP) is designed to provide college students with a clinical immersion experience in healthcare. The program gives students the opportunity to explore various health fields while shadowing experienced providers as they treat patients.

Whether a student is interested in becoming a nurse, a physician, a physician assistant, or a physical or occupational therapist, this program allows each student the chance to witness the unique aspects of each professional role.  

Emphasis in the program is placed on musculoskeletal health, focusing on conditions affecting the bones, muscles, and joints. Students learn some basic anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and have the chance to present case studies during weekly conferences with each other in guided, group-learning sessions.

Throughout the six-week program, teamwork is emphasized and professional collaboration is explored in weekly team conferences. Flexibility is incorporated into the schedules of the students to allow for summer school and work commitments, enabling the summer students to complete their hours within the program's designated time frames and still get the most out of this unique opportunity.

Support JOF summer students by donating the cost of a day, a week, or the entire experience for one of these aspiring health care professionals. Follow this link for more information.

One of our most popular programs, HIP generally runs from early July through mid-August. Applications are due in early June.

The cost of the program is $500 per student. Applicants may apply for a program scholarship based on financial need.

Prerequisites for the program include an interest in a career in the medical field and one completed year of college education. The program provides an immersion experience in the day-to-day jobs of a variety of healthcare providers, including exposure to research and healthcare education.

To apply online: complete the Healthcare Summer Immersion Program Application Webform and you will be contacted for an interview.


You can download the application in printable PDF format, and email it and your supporting documents (also preferably in PDF format) to our Internship Coordinator or submit via USPS.

Questions? Write info@jacksonortho.org or call 510.238.4851.