REACH will change the way you view the American health care system...guaranteed. Now I realize how much is at stake for the linguistically isolated, the economically disadvantaged, and the medically uninsured - and the moral imperative for us to stand up for their rights.

- Chris Su, 2009 AHS REACH Intern

Real-world Exposure and Advocacy in Community Health (REACH) Summer Internship Program

Real-world Exposure and Advocacy in Community Health (REACH) is a 9-week paid summer internship program offered by Asian Health Services (AHS) for those who are interested in pursuing a career in public health or health-related fields. Through direct clinical experience, community health advocacy activities, and self-directed projects, REACH will expose interns to the dynamic environment of a community health center so that they can gain a better understanding of how health care is delivered to an underserved population.

The goal of REACH is to train pre-health professionals to encourage them to choose career paths that will serve the Asian underserved community. REACH is intended for college students and graduates who are at a career crossroads. The internships are designed to bring students to the frontline of community medicine, and to expose them to the inner-workings of a community health center.

Combining clinical rotations, special projects, and community health seminars, the REACH program is designed on the belief that interns benefit the most when given a balance of structure, direction, and creative freedom.

REACH is a program of the AHS Pipeline Committee, an advocacy group of AHS employees formed in 2006 to address the ongoing need for linguistically and culturally competent health care professionals in our community.

In the summer of 2016, REACH will start its tenth cycle. To learn more about REACH, check out the Components of REACH. You can also check out our 2015 REACH Summer Intern Profiles below.

Please contact Dr. Suzanne Nguyen if you have further questions about the internship program or application process.

REACH Summer 2016 Application

Upper-level college students and graduates who are considering careers in medicine, public health, community health advocacy, and any allied health profession are encouraged to apply. Candidates should also exhibit a strong interest in working with the Asian underserved, have basic knowledge of Asian health issues, and have experience in basic data analysis and research. Fluency in an Asian language is required, with priority for Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Korean.

Our application is available here. Please mail the completed form along with:

  • Two letters of recommendation: one from an academic source (former or current professor, teaching assistant, research director) and a second from a non-academic source (program director, civic leader, employer). Both may be sent directly by each recommender.
  • A curriculum vitae that includes employment history and any community or research involvement.
  • A recent college transcript sent directly from the Office of Admissions.

A personal interview will be granted to selected individuals and required for acceptance. On-site interviews will be conducted from March 28th to April 8, 2016. Telephone interviews may be arranged on an individual basis.

Please mail documents to:

Asian Health Services, REACH Internship
Suzanne Nguyen, MD
Frank Kiang Medical Center
250 E. 18th Street, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94606

The application and all items listed above must be received by March 14, 2016.

Important Dates

March 14, 2016: Application postmark deadline
March 28 - April 8, 2016: Interviews
April 22, 2016: Acceptance Notifications
June 13 - August 12, 2016: Program dates

REACH Summer 2015 Intern Profiles