The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation Inc., Urban Healthcare Externship Program

Level of study: Baccalaureate



Must have completed your Junior Year by Summer 2019. 

Applications Due: April 19th

The Urban Healthcare Program offers nursing students a full-time, paid, summer externship at a primary-care community healthcare setting in Manhattan. The program, through the generous support of the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, has been in existence since 1988 and provides an invaluable experience to nursing students while meeting the healthcare needs of underserved and marginalized communities.

The eight-week program begins in late June and runs through early August. The goal of the program is to teach students about primary care of under-served urban populations in community-based settings. This program also provides opportunities to work with other disciplines through inter-professional practice in community agencies. Students will collaborate on projects that include history taking, assessments, research surveys, and consumer education projects. Past student participants have reported that the program provided them with increased awareness of community services, the needs of under-served and marginalized communities and the benefits of collaborating with other professions and community service agencies to decrease disparities in healthcare.

Each student works in an agency with an agency mentor, who provides guidance in assigning health-related work and projects. The students work 4 1/2 days per week with half a day being spent in team meetings/presentations with other students and faculty members. The faculty is available by phone at all times.

Selection criteria:
1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
2. Completed Adult & Elder Nursing II (N41.1241)
3. Students must be continuing in Fall 2019 (i.e., May 2019 graduates are not eligible.)

Application procedure:
Students interested in applying for this summer externship are required to submit:
1. A cover letter with a brief description of themselves, a list of learning objectives/goals for their experience, how this might contribute to their career goals, and a description of past relevant experiences.
2. A resume. Include your name, I.D number, email address, and phone number with your application.

Once the application materials have been reviewed students will be scheduled for interviews on an ongoing basis, this process will be completed in early May 2019. The selection of students will occur once the interviews have been completed.


The 8-week program will likely commence during the 2nd or 3rd week of June 2019.

Questions regarding this externship opportunity can be emailed to Cheryl Nadeau at