Internships with UAB Arts in Medicine train student leaders in the development and delivery of arts in health programming. AIM interns work approximately 10-15 hours a week and receive ongoing training in leadership skills, community engagement, and the integration of arts programming into healthcare settings. Interns also attend bi-monthly Artist Rounds meetings in addition to shadowing opportunities. UAB AIM can also work with the applicant’s school or program to make the internship fit the criteria for academic credit or field placement experience.

Internship Semesters

Spring Internships (Applications accepted beginning October 1st and close November 15th)

Semester runs from January – April

Summer Internships (Applications accepted beginning February 1st and close March 15th)

Semester runs from May – August

Fall Internships (Applications accepted beginning June 1st and close July 15th)

Semester runs from September – December

Eligibility and Requirements

Enrollment as a college student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing

High level of responsibility, good communication skills, and ability to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and community partners

Completion of all required hospital orientation sessions, healthcare screenings, and background check, as needed for on-site hospital work by internship start date

Willingness to abide by all regulations required of those working within the healthcare environment and to put safety above all other considerations

Flexibility, patience, and ability to take direction in a rapidly changing environment with an ever-changing schedule

A sincere interest in learning about the impact of the arts on health outcomes

During the application window, email UAB AIM Program Coordinator, Lauren Edwards, at regarding your interest in the program and include the required documents:


Personal statement addressing the following:

Why are you interested in an internships with UAB Arts in Medicine?

How will this experience support your education or career goals?

What experience do you have that will support or inform your work in this internship?

What are your specific goals for the internship?

Requirements of internship from educational institution if seeking school credit

Application review and interviews

Program leadership reviews applications upon submission. Based on application quality, selected students will be asked to participate in a 10- to 15-minute phone or Zoom interview.

Program Administration Intern

This internship supports the UAB Arts in Medicine program by assisting with all administrative duties. The intern gains skills in program administration to support the full life cycle of an arts in health program through:

  • Assisting with scheduling in-hospital performances, including providing support day of
  • Coordinating the scheduling of bi-weekly artist rounds and other weekly programming; managing program calendar
  • Monitoring staff and patient feedback and preparing reports for the AIM team as requested
  • Preparing program information for marketing and communications
  • Inventorying materials; assist with ordering new supplies as needed
  • Communicating with UAB Medicine Volunteer Services department
  • Updating policies and procedures documents as needed
  • Assisting with special programming, including summer camps, hospital-based events, and Aging Creatively showcases
  • Other duties as assigned


Research Intern

This internship supports the UAB Arts in Medicine program by assisting with any ongoing or new research studies to add to the growing evidence base by:

  • Collaborating with our research team on ongoing arts in health projects; this may include literature reviews, data collection, and/or data analysis
  • Organizing and maintaining research data, ensuring its accuracy and confidentiality
  • Assisting in the preparation of research reports, presentations, and scholarly publications
  • Working closely with healthcare professionals, Artists in Residence, Creative Arts Therapists, and patients to gather insights and contribute to the research process
  • Other duties as assigned


Artist Intern

This internship supports the UAB Arts in Medicine program by shadowing and co-facilitating alongside a Veteran Artists in Residence or Creative Arts Therapist. The intern gains skills in bringing the arts into the healthcare setting, working with diverse populations, and enhancing health & wellness through the arts. Specific duties may include:

  • Assisting with workshops; co-facilitating or leading if appropriate
  • Attending AIM Team Rounds
  • Completing AIM referrals at the bedside
  • Hosting pop-up activities in the hospital
  • Sharing AIM information and resources with clinical staff
  • Help develop and implement programming for patients, families, and/or clinical staff
  • Other duties as assigned