Dell Medical School’s Health Leadership Apprentice (HLA) Program
Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2022 (applications are due April 24, 2022)
The Health Leadership Apprentice Program is an unpaid internship at The University of Texas Dell Medical School focused on experiential learning and community engagement. Several “tracks” are offered so that students gain the experience they prefer. However, during the first year of HLA, students are only eligible to apply to Track A or Track B. Students have the option to continue involvement in HLA beyond the first year to pursue other health-career related interests.
Requirements to Apply:
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by September 1, 2022.
- Applicants must be enrolled full-time at The University of Texas at Austin or Huston-Tillotson University.
- UT graduate/post graduate students are eligible, as long as they will be enrolled full-time or have some other formal association with UT during the Fall Semester 2022.
- Students may have recently graduated from UT or HT; however, in this case, they need to have graduated from UT or HT Spring 2021 and later.
- Students applying for admission next fall to UT or HT may also apply. (In this case, program entry next fall is conditional upon college acceptance and enrollment.)
- Applicants must have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework at a university by September 1, 2022. Students who are a Freshman now are eligible to apply. Others may also apply (e.g. transfer students), as long as they have met this same requirement
Track A – Team Projects Students are assigned to teams, known as “Houses”, which work on projects typically for a community partner (often in collaboration with the Community-Driven Initiatives Program within the Department of Population Health). 24-36 students are typically admitted annually. This is the only track requiring a full year commitment and offering course credit. Projects are planned during the fall semester and implemented during the spring semester. Credit is optional and granted during the spring semester. (Course deliverables are due at the end of the spring semester.)
Track B – Faculty/Staff Opportunities Students become part of an “opportunity pool” wherein they can apply for volunteer work submitted by Dell Med Faculty, Staff and Community Partners. Opportunities often involve leading edge research or new initiatives. 20-30 students are admitted annually and students continue on a semester-to-semester basis. Students completing Track A commonly move to this track next.