CHIP Internships

Apply for a Certificate in Health Care Infection Prevention & Control (CHIP) Internship. There will be placements at several hospitals in Michigan. The 2019 application will be posted soon.  

Courtney Dewart Internship Poster2015 CHIP Intern Courtney Dewart presents her internship experience at the 2016 Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) National Meetings (PDF).


From the 2017 Interns

"The best part of my internship was:"

 "Gaining value experience at the State level to compare to other, more research-oriented jobs." Brad Petrowitz

 

 "Experiencing what it is like to be in Infection Prevention behind the scenes, and getting to know everyone in the department." Liam Hicks

 

"The CHIP internship was a great learning experience for me as it showed me the entirety of an observational study outside the classroom, from enrolling study participants to analyzing the dataset." Isaac Kim

 

From left to right: Back row: Janice Rey, IP, St Joes, Isaac Kim, Michael Osterman, Liam Hicks, Kayla Carter, Brad Petrowitz,front row: Betsy Foxman, Amanda Thorne, Mica Blauw

 

"Learning what it really is like to be an IP. Without this internship I don't think I would really have an understanding of what being an IP means related to the work that is done on a daily basis." Mica Blauw

 

Michael Osterman (2017)  "Having the ability to witness the work of an Infection Preventionist first-hand. Whether this was through attending meetings or helping out with work in the office, it was an experience that I feel prepared me adequately for future work in the field. "

Kayla Carter (2017)  "Being able to work directly with the IPs on everyday infection prevention activities as well as being able to shadow in other departments through the hospital. This really supplemented my understanding of how the infection prevention department really functions throughout the hospital, on top of what I'd learned in the hospital epidemiology course."

Brett Slajus (2017)  "I was a part of patient enrollment, sampling, microbiology testing, and data analysis. Often when working with a dataset in a biostatistics or epidemiology course, I feel removed from the data. Being fully immersed in our group's research gave meaning to the data we were analyzing."

Summer 2017 Internship Posters

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Summer 2016 Internship Posters (PDF)

Summer 2015 Internship Posters (PDF)

Summer Internship Experiences

Allison Chan (2016)  The best part of my internship was..Networking and establishing connections with my coworkers at MDHHS. My coworkers were remarkable people and I am fortunate to have worked with them.

Lizzie Tuma (2016) The best part of my internship was visiting the nursing homes to enroll and culture study participants. I really enjoyed interacting with the NH staff while collecting hand swabs, and talking with the residents while I collected cultures in their rooms. The combination of hands-on work, face-to-face interaction, and behind the scenes experience in data collection allowed me to discover a passion for working with older patients in a clinical setting.

Courtney Dewart (2016)  The CHIP internship was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a variety of healthcare professionals throughout the hospital system. I enjoyed learning from experts in IP as well as many other departments, and appreciated the opportunities to participate in Infection Prevention discussions and activities and directly apply my knowledge to real world situations.

Aaron Vanderboegh (2016) Working with the staff in the UMHS Infection Prevention department was by far the best part of my internship. Everyone was so approachable and willing to help with any questions I had and invite me to meetings they thought I might find interesting. I wouldn’t have learned anywhere near the amount I did without these wonderful individuals.

Katrina Espiritu (2016) The wonderful people of the SHARP Unit (aka SHARPies) were definitely the best part of my internship.  I learned so much from them, and they have certainly had a positive impact on my future plans and career goals.

Jennifer LeRose (2016)  After my internship, I can confidently say that I’ll pursue a career in this field. I’m extremely grateful that I was able to work with experts in infection control and gained an understanding of what qualities make
a successful hospital epidemiologist.

Anne Messer (2016) The best part of my internship was getting to interact with so many different members in the hospital. My projects required me to work closely with leaders from epidemiology, quality control, central surveillance, nursing, and physician staff, as well as with many types of students. Infection prevention must be a collaborative effort in order to be successful, and I was able to be a part of that collaboration in an exciting and real way at the Detroit Medical Center.

  • CHIP Interns Summer 2016 (left to right): Kirtana Ramadugu; John Dou; Madhuri Natarajan; Savannah Hatt; Maria Konja; Wenwen Jiang; with Priscila Bercea at Beaumont Hospital

    CHIP Interns Summer 2016 (left to right): Kirtana Ramadugu; John Dou; Madhuri Natarajan; Savannah Hatt; Maria Konja; Wenwen Jiang; with Priscila Bercea at Beaumont Hospital

  • Lizzie Tuma showing fellow interns her CHIP internship lab

    Lizzie Tuma showing fellow interns her CHIP internship lab

  • Anne Messer puts on 'bunny suit' for visit to hospital instrument cleaning room

    Anne Messer puts on 'bunny suit' for visit to hospital instrument cleaning room

  • CHIP Interns Summer 2014 (left to right): Yuan Xin, Xiaotong, Jie Cao, Paul Ju Lin, Lei Yu, Angela Chinyere Eke-Usim, Jordan Bosco, Marten R Hawkins with Lisa Sturm (Managing Director Infection Control at UM)

    CHIP Interns Summer 2014 (left to right): Yuan Xin, Xiaotong, Jie Cao, Paul Ju Lin, Lei Yu, Angela Chinyere Eke-Usim, Jordan Bosco, Marten R Hawkins with Lisa Sturm (Managing Director Infection Control at UM)

  • CHIP Interns Summer 2015 n bunny suits! From left to right: Ann Messer, Jennifer LeRose, Lizzie Tuma, Aaron Vanderboegh, Courtney Dewart, ​with​ Infection Preventionist Janice Rey

    CHIP Interns Summer 2015 n bunny suits! From left to right: Ann Messer, Jennifer LeRose, Lizzie Tuma, Aaron Vanderboegh, Courtney Dewart, ​with​ Infection Preventionist Janice Rey

Marten Hawkins, MPH Epidemiology (2015) "It was incredibly interesting to see the variety of work they (infection preventionists) do on a daily basis and participants in and learn about all of it. It was also really gratifying to see an intervention I helped come up with be implemented…"

Lei Yu, MS Biostatistics (2015) "The opportunity to shadow Infection Preventionists as well as Infectious Disease Physicians on rounds was particularly valuable, this intern experience gave me lots of opportunities to learn new things that I have never done before, like do device rounding, participate in the writing of a research article and give presentation in front of a group of people."

Jordan Bosco, MPH Epidemiology (2015) "I gained skills in analyzing and organizing large datasets, as well as knowledge in clinical research study design."

Yuan Xin, MPH Epidemiology (2015) "I think the tour held in each interning place is great part of this program. It lets us not only focus on our own project but also get a picture of what other interns do. It makes all interns together even though we work in different places and have independent projects."

Yuan Xin, MPH Epidemiology (2015) "I think following with doctor to round the inpatients during the first 2 weeks of my internship is most interesting and unforgettable experience. It makes me feel like I am in TV series Grey’s Anatomy."

Jacob Bundy "I gained a much deeper understand of how an infection control department is organized and ran effectively. I also gained more experience manipulating data in excel as that was the preferred means of data analysis at the DMC. Additionally, I gained experience operating Theradoc and EMR to pull relevant patient information, so as to gain a better understanding of what is specifically happening in a patient. As a part of the C. difficile project I worked on briefly, I also learned how to write comprehensive policy changes so all healthcare providers can easily understand them. "

Jessica Lehrich "I got a lot out of this professionally. The opportunity to analyze real world data in an effort to improve healthcare was particularly valuable. I also enjoyed collaborating with professionals from multiple health related disciplines, i.e. hospital administrators, statisticians, doctors, nurses, etc.. I gained great insight into what sort of work I'll gravitate toward in the future."

Sree Ponnaluri "I learned a lot from this internship. The biggest skill that I have gained was the method of surveillance. I learned how to conduct surveillance on surgical site infections, CAUTI, and CLABSI. By doing the surveillance, a rate of each of these infections can be created and shared with clinicians. Surveillance is the foundation of everything in infection control."

Carolyn Dombecki "As part of the internship experience I got to shadow different IPs at DMC-affiliated hospitals including: Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Sinai Grace Hospital, and Huron Valley Sinai Hospital as well as shadow infectious disease physicians on rounds, and shadow with an infectious disease pharmacist. These were very educating experiences because I was able to learn about infection control in these different facilities. Each hospital has its own unique patient population so each hospital must approach their infection control initiatives differently while still abiding by corporate policies. I also witnessed how interdisciplinary infection control must be in order to be effective."

Kristin Gibson "Getting to 'play with' such an immense amount of data was another great part of my internship. I learned a great deal about analysis; that is, how to look at data and use them in the most beneficial and logical way, such that results may be easily interpreted by epidemiologists and lay people alike. While my first year of Public Health courses cultivated my ability to design studies and identify significance within findings, this internship allowed me to apply said knowledge towards real-world data—something that a class cannot do nearly as well as first-hand experience."

Amanda Horcher "My project is focused around characterizing the colonization of Acinetobacter baumannii, including both risk factors and the nature of co-colonization with other organisms. This project has involved selecting the organism of study, literature review to determine where a gap of information might be, formulating a hypothesis, specific aims, cleaning of the data in SAS, manually coding binary variables, and production of tables relating to the specific aims. I really enjoyed myself and did a lot of what I would consider "real-world" work. Very rewarding."

Marisa Pinchas "For me, the best part of my internship was shadowing the infection control practitioners on their rounds and meetings. Seeing what each practitioner has to deal with on an average day is a great learning tool and I learned a ton just listening to the kinds of dilemmas and problems faced by the infection control department."