The WNC Healthcare Experience and Rural Training (HEART) program is designed for undergraduate students who are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors from any of Western North Carolina's eighteen counties. Four students are accepted each summer and placed in a rural WNC primary care practice. Students participate in clinical shadowing opportunities and work on a rural medicine project.

WNC HEART interns interact with other student learner groups at MAHEC including the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars, UNC Asheville pre-healthcare professions interns, and Project PROMISE rural high school students. Interns also attend weekly enrichment sessions focused on professional development where they interact with healthcare professionals from a variety of fields.

Program Components

  • Six-week summer internship at a rural WNC primary care practice working with preceptors
  • Weekly didactics on rural health topics
  • Community project work focused on a rural health issue in collaboration with the rural practice and the surrounding community

Getting experience in a medical setting allowed me to grasp what a day looks like in a variety of careers. I learned so much that I know will benefit me as I further my education and enter the health field. — Ashlyn Wolfe, former WNC HEART intern

For more information, please contact our Office of Student Internships.

Learn more in our program brochure.

To apply for this internship, click here.

NOTE: Due to changes implemented as a result of COVID-19, we are currently prioritizing clinical shadowing experiences for students from affiliated schools and programs based on need and availability.