REACH Summer Internship


REACH is a nine-week paid summer internship program offered by AHS for those interested in a career in public health or health-related fields. The program’s goal is to encourage pre-health professionals to choose careers that will focus on the undeserved Asian American community.

Through direct clinical experience, community health advocacy activities, and self-directed projects, REACH will introduce interns to the dynamic environment of a community health center. REACH is a program of the Pipeline Committee, an advocacy group of AHS employees formed in 2006 to address the ongoing need for linguistically and culturally competent health care professionals in our community.

Direct Clinical/Operational Experience:

Interns will rotate through various aspects of a community health setting, as described below:

  • Clinical Services: Interns will follow select patients through their clinic visits by shadowing a medical assistant, observing the physical-patient encounter, and by sitting in on behavioral therapy sessions.
  • Health Education: Interns will help develop health education materials, learn strategies for overcoming barriers to patient education, and participate in out-reach activities.
  • Youth Program: Interns will be trained in the fundamentals of reproductive health, confidentiality, peer counseling, and youth specific issues.
  • Development/Policy: Interns will work closely with the management team to learn the operations os a community health center, including advocacy-building, policy-making, and fundraising.

Special Projects:

Interns will have the opportunity to develop a special project that will benefit AHS and the community at large. By working directly with a mentor, interns will gain enhanced skills in research, as well as in program development, implementation, and improvement.

Community Health Seminars:

To complement the education experience, community leaders will guest lecture on the many facets of community health issues important in today’s political climate, and essential to the delivery of care to the Asian-American underserved.

Coming soon.

REACH Summer 2016 Intern Profiles & Projects


University of California, Berkeley | Class of 2017

BA, Public Health and South & Southeast Asian Studies



University of California, Los Angeles | Class of 2017

BA, Gender Studies & Minor in Asian American Studies

REACH Summer 2017 Application

Upper-level college students and graduates who are considering careers in medicine, public health, community health advocacy, and any allied health profession are encouraged to apply. Candidates should also exhibit a strong interest in working with the Asian underserved, have basic knowledge of Asian health issues, and have experience in basic data analysis and research. Fluency in an Asian language is required, with priority for Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Korean.



Complete REACH Application along with:

  • Two letters of recommendation: one from an academic source (former or current professor, teaching assistant, research director) and a second from a non-academic source (program director, civic leader, employer). Both may be sent directly by each recommender.
  • A curriculum vitae that includes employment history and any community or research involvement.
  • A recent college transcript sent directly from the Office of Admissions.



Asian Health Services, REACH Internship
Attention: Grace Fung
818 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94607

The application and all items listed above must be received by March 13, 2017

A personal interview will be granted to selected individuals and required for acceptance. On-site interviews will be conducted from March 27 to April 7, 2017. Telephone interviews may be arranged on an individual basis.


Important Dates:
March 13, 2017: Application postmark deadline
March 27 to April 7, 2017: Interviews
April 21 2017: Acceptance Notifications (approximate date)
June 19 to August 18, 2017: Program Dates

Please contact Grace Fung, if you have any questions about the internship program or application process.