Project Title

Health Career Connection Internship Program, Class of 2017

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

April 5, 2017



Outside New York State






Health Career Connection, Inc., (HCC) is a national nonprofit organization that provides undergraduate students from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds with internship placements at health care and public health organizations.

The participants recruited by HCC are commonly first-generation college students from low-income families and communities. In 2014, NYHealth awarded HCC a grant to match students with internship placements at organizations that fit their interests, including at the Foundation. The resulting experience was exceptional for both the students and hosting organizations, which led NYHealth to award HCC additional grants in 2015 and 2016. To continue support for this initiative, NYHealth awarded HCC a grant in 2017.

Under this grant, HCC matched six interns to organizations suited to their career interests: one at NYHealth, three at Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantee organizations, and two at an NYC Health + Hospital site in East Harlem. Spanning 10 weeks, the internships helped participants explore career possibilities, build connections with role models, and gain an inside look at how health organizations operate. HCC also provided interns with support through its growing alumni and other professional networks as they transition to the next stages of their careers.