The UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences has established agreements with a number of health care provider organizations and physician practitioners in the greater Orlando area to implement one-semester long clinical shadowing internship opportunities for UCF premedical students, as well as a one-year Clinical Research Internship with Florida Hospital Orlando. Participating students are required to register for one credit (MCB 4941) for the one-semester internship courses, and for two credits for the one-year research internship course (MCB 4912). The students’ service efforts and attendance record are evaluated at the end of the semester of service by the physicians they shadow, or by pertinent administrators of the medical facility where their service took place.

Dr. Alicia Hawthorne and Dr. Genaro Lopez oversee the management of these internships, including the selection, placement, and the grading of participants, while the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (OPHPLA) has generously agreed to link interested students with our BSBS website. A committee of faculty from UCF will participate in the review of applications and selection of the internship student participants. The left side of this webpage has  descriptions of each internship and their requirements. An Orientation session for selected student participants will take place during the first week of classes on the main UCF campus.

Applications are due by August 1st at 5:00 p.m. for the Fall semester, and by December 1st at 5:00 p.m. for the Spring semester. To apply for one of these internships, please submit an application online and email supplemental materials detailed in the application to For questions, please contact Dr. Alicia Hawthorne at



The Clinical Internship Program application for Fall is now open for the Private Practice, Surgical and Optometry shadowing internships. The application is due at 5:00 pm on August 1. The application is available hereIf you have questions, send them to Dr. Hawthorne at