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Ethics Group Internship Program

The Ethics Group interns program engages undergraduate and graduate students in a learning experience that explores medical ethics issues and the formation of ethics policy. The program is designed to complement academic study in the field of medical ethics.

  • Participants must be enrolled in an academic program receiving academic credit at the time they serve as an intern.
  • Participants receive course credit for their work in accordance with their academic program requirements. In lieu of course credit, participants may secure written notification that their academic program recognizes the internship as contributing to the student’s academic goals.
  • Intern positions are at the AMA Headquarters in Chicago.
  • Internships are part-time, unpaid positions.

Interns are afforded a learning environment that provides support for ongoing Ethics Group projects and initiatives. By conducting research on various issues pertinent to medical ethics, students gain a better understanding to the many facets of medical ethics. Interns:

  • Research legal, medical, or ethics literature and other resources and organize and summarize research material.
  • Contribute to the formation of ethics policy that shapes the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics.
  • Have the opportunity to attend faculty seminars and interact with a diverse range of professionals working in bioethics at a professional medical association.
  • Observe CEJA council meetings and other AMA organizational meetings.

To be considered, students should submit a resume, a cover letter, and a short writing sample illustrative of ethics or health-related work or a 500-word explanation of your interest in bioethics and your desire to obtain an internship at the AMA to Thomas Wagner.

Applicants will be contacted only if they are qualified for an interview.

Deadlines and term dates

Fall internship

  • Applications due: early July
  • Term dates: early September through mid December

Winter/Spring internship

  • Applications due: early November
  • Term dates: mid January through late April

Summer internship

  • Applications due: late February
  • Term dates: early May through mid August

Winter/Spring 2014-15 Interns

Kieran Holzhauer is a medical student at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She received her BA in Anthropology at Washington University in Saint Louis. Kieran plans to practice primary care while incorporating medical anthropology research. She hopes to use this opportunity to learn more about how the AMA’s ethics team shapes medical culture and to delve further into the ethics of cultural competence.

Summer 2014 Interns

Caroline Bass 
is a philosophy and political science major at Case Western Reserve University where she is a student assistant at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. In the summer of 2013, she attended the Yale Summer Institute in Bioethics. During her time at Yale, her research focused on the ethics of physician participation in reality television. After graduation, Caroline hopes to attend law school and work in the field of bioethics. She hopes that her summer with the AMA will sharpen her critical thinking abilities and problem solving skills to navigate dilemmas in medical ethics.

Joe Gregorio
 is a law student at DePaul University College of Law. He received his BS in Psychology at Western Illinois University. Joe is from the western suburbs of Chicago and plans on pursuing a career in Health Law. As a DePaul College of Law Summer Scholar, his primary research focus this summer is on the Code of Medical Ethics. Joe hopes to use this opportunity to research and analyze difficult ethical questions regarding patient care, while discovering the legal ramifications and consequences related to these philosophical issues.