Patient Navigation Internship

About the Patient Navigation Internship

Most Americans face some type of barrier to health care, which negatively impacts individuals’ overall health outcomes and cost of care. The Patient Navigation Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for interns to work directly with patients and gain valuable insights to potential health care barriers.

As an intern, you will:

  • Help address social determinants of health barriers to healthcare for patients.
  • Assist patients with barriers getting to specialist and diagnostic testing.
  • Work closely with HealthSource of Ohio’s clinical site team members, including care coordinators, to learn about available resources and ensure patients have access to their healthcare needs.
  • Help patients navigate the healthcare system, and in doing so, aim to make the referral process/experiences for patients as manageable and accessible as possible.
  • Shadow HealthSource of Ohio clinicians to gain a better understanding of a clinician’s roles and responsibilities, the framework behind a patient-clinician relationship, observe the process behind treatment plans, and ultimately see medicine in its reality.

Time spent in this internship program is invaluable, as interns not only gain a first-person view of primary care, but make connections and build on their health care experience.

When you choose to become a part of HealthSource of Ohio’s Patient Navigation Internship Program, you become a valuable team member who strives to bring our patients access to comprehensive quality health care based on the needs of the community. Thank you for considering The Patient Navigation Internship Program, and we hope you consider applying. All HealthSource Family Practice sites may accommodate interns, depending on site availability at the time of application.


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and currently enrolled in a college or university. Individuals who are pre-health and interested in a career in the health care field/primary care is a plus. Individuals should have good communication skills, and work well in team environments. Accepted individuals must attend mandatory HealthSource of Ohio Patient Navigation Internship orientation-training.


HealthSource of Ohio’s Patient Navigation Internship Program wants its interns to have an impactful and meaningful experience, which is established through a yearlong commitment. Interns are expected to commit 4 hours per week over a period of 1 year, with a minimum of 150 hours total. A total of 12 weeks’ time-off is available to interns upon request.

Ready to Apply?

Students who are interested in becoming a part of the Patient Navigation Internship Program must fill out an application that includes two references, two short essays, and most recent resume/curriculum vitae. Email to obtain an application. Select students will be invited for an interview.

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