Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Applying for the Health Care Ethics Internship Program

The application period for the 2015-2016 program is now closed.

Thank you to all who applied!

Please check back in early 2016 for the next application period.

The Health Care Ethics Internship program, sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, in partnership with local hospitals and other health care facilities, is open to all Santa Clara University current sophomores and juniors, and prospective and current graduate students who are interested in health care ethics. Graduate students should contact the Program Administrator for application instructions. Since there are a limited number of placements available, students will be selected based on qualifications and interviews.

A firm commitment of one academic year is required. This includes five hours a week of clinical rotations, plus biweekly reflection sessions on Tuesdays from 5:40-7:20 p.m. The internship is a five-credit upper-division pass/no pass course for which students register in the spring quarter. Students who are accepted into the program are expected to have completed an SCU ethics course by the beginning of Fall quarter 2015.

Completed applications are due on or before March 6, 2015. Completed applications should include:

  1. The Application Form
  2. A Letter of Intent (300-500 words) - State your objectives and goals for participating in the Health Care Ethics Internship.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation* - At least one must be from an SCU faculty member (preferably from your major); the second may be from an SCU staff/faculty member, a previous or current employer, advisor, church or community leader. Neither may be from a family member or friend.
  4. Your official SCU transcript. (If you are a transfer student, please also include official transcripts from previous colleges/universities you have attended).

Please be sure to open the Application Packet & Recommendation Forms with Adobe Reader
(click here to download Adobe Reader XI for free).

Application packets are also available at the reception desk in the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, located in Vari Hall (1st floor).

Completed applications must be submitted 2 ways:

  1. An electronic copy of the application form only (without the Letter of Intent and Letters of Recommendation) should be emailed to Anna Kozas, Program Administrator, at
  2. 2. A hard copy of your Application Form, Letter of Intent, and Letters of Recommendation* should be brought to Anna Kozas at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Vari Hall, 1st Floor).

Interviews with staff members from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will be arranged upon completion of the previous items. Please note that not all applicants will be invited for an interview.

You will be notified by email and/or mail if you are accepted to the program.

Please note that if accepted, all health care ethics interns must consent to a background screen and health screening process (and be cleared by the hospital(s)) in order to participate in the program.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Anna Kozas, Program Administrator, Health Care Ethics Internship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at (408) 554-5716.

*Letters of Recommendation can be mailed/emailed directly from the recommender OR submitted by the applicant (hard copies only). Envelopes must be sealed and signed across the flap, by the recommender.