Integrative Health Studies

Career Preparation

Internships

"My internship challenged my preconceived notions of personal health care, and empowered my belief in the inherent desire for wholeness that lies in all of us. The internship became part of my personal journey, showing me how a master's program can be about deepening one's internal processes, and one's self." ~Jeanette Northern

"During my internship, I learned that it is very important to set my own schedule, track my own deadlines, and keep on top of communications and correspondence. When you are working at a start-up, it is easy to lose track of your current and future goals. But keeping business relationships active and moving is absolutely vital for a new company's success!" ~Teresa Papadopoulos

Nationally Recognized Internship

For the past decade, the program has developed significant service-learning internships. Because our students are prepared to approach questions from multiple perspectives and employ an integral philosophy of health and healing, they are highly sought by internship placement sites. CIIS interns have helped low-income women with cancer access complementary healing arts, brought sound healing to a rehabilitation center, and helped to develop integrative health websites. The 200-hour internship allows students to anchor knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

Internships support the development of the students' professional skills, and many students have converted internships into job offers. Alumni have also opened the doors for additional internship opportunities at three Bay Area sites.

Students complete an organizational assessment of the internship in the Integrative Seminar Final Project.

Our program has a long-standing relationship with sixteen Bay Area sites. Students may also propose an internship at a new site.

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Alameda Health System Graduate Toni Sicola designed, developed, and now runs this hospital's wellness program

Ancestral Apothocary Faculty member Atava Garcia Swiecicki's small business

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic This Oakland clinic provides CAM services for women with cancer

COPIA Health Graduates Allie Stark and Megan Lipsett founded this organization to promote community health advocacy and provide coaching

CPMC Institute of Health and Healing  Interns learn database management and other administrative tasks

FoundHealth A website that provides integrative health information to the public

Living Shaman Museum Located in the Presidio, this site is working to integrate its programs into the urban landscape

Mercy Wellness Interns provide coaching to the residents of the low-income housing development across the street from CIIS

MEvident An organization that connects corporate clients with wellness practitioners through both face-to-face and web/mobile interactions

MotionInfusion This organization works with a wide array of clients to provide wellness and health coaching

One Medical Group  This doctors' group works throughout San Francisco to provide both traditional allopathic and alternative healing services

Osher Integrative Medical Center Osher Center focuses on a healing-oriented approach to integrative medicine

PG&E Interns work in the robust employee wellness program, providing such activities as health screenings and workshops

Portrero Hill Health Center - The Healing Project San Francisco Department of Public Health runs this sliding scale health clinic

San Francisco General Hospital Interns work in the wellness center, or help with an acupuncture clinic for cancer patients

Vibrant Reiki A chance to learn how to do administration for a private practice