"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. Internships are arranged after matriculation with the help of the Internship Coordinator.
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
Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine Interns assist with room setup, moxibustion, and filling herbal prescriptions
COPIA Health Graduates Allie Stark and Megan Lipsett founded this organization to promote community health advocacy and provide coaching
Institute on Aging Interns provide telephone support to older adults in SF, including those on disability or in crisis, and those who want well-being check-ins
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
Ohlone Herbal Center Interns assist this clinic's work in herbal medicine by providing communication and organizational support.
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
SF Healthier Living Coalition As part of this Stanford-developed program, interns are trained to co-lead workshops and provide organizational support
Vida At this SF-based app, interns help compile on-line information for coaches and clients; they also support practice sessions for new coaches