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Program Description

The Ochsner Academics Summer Internship for Students (OASIS) provides formative experiences to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career as a physician, physician assistant, or researcher in the biomedical sciences.

OASIS is offered as a benefit to Ochsner employees for their children interested in applying to a medical or PA school. The program is also available to students through the Ochsner Program To Introduce Medicines to Underrepresented Students (OPTIMUS). Interns will engage in clinical shadowing, departmental tours, lectures, clinical simulation, and panel discussions. The program gives valuable information and insights for entry and success in medical or graduate school.

OASIS offers:

  • Clinical and academic experiences in medicine at Ochsner Medical Center
  • Opportunities to interact with Ochsner physicians and staff who may serve as mentors
  • Exposure to innovative cutting-edge technologies in research and clinical care
  • Knowledge of key concepts in research and interrelationships between clinical care and research

The 2024 2-week OASIS program is from June 10 to June 21. Students will participate in classroom and clinical instruction Monday through Friday (8:30-4:30 pm) primarily at Ochsner Medical Center, 1401-A Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121.

OASIS Eligibility Requirements

  • Parent (or legal guardian) is a current employee and has completed at least 12 consecutive months of service at Ochsner or applicant identifies as a member of one of the following minority groups: African American and/or Black, Hispanic and/or Latinx, Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian), or Pacific Islander.
  • Student is currently enrolled in a university and in good academic and behavioral standing as assessed from a submitted transcript and letter of recommendation. The minimum cumulative GPA to enter the program is 3.00.
  • By OASIS program start date, the student will have completed a minimum of 30 academic credit hours toward an undergraduate degree with at least 8 hours in the biological sciences.

Transportation to and from Ochsner Medical Center, food, and stipend are not included in the OASIS program. Participants will not receive academic credit from Ochsner Medical Center. Acceptance is not a promise of current or future employment. Selected students must attend the Ochsner Volunteer Services Department’s orientation/onboarding before the OASIS program start date. Students must also complete a background check, drug screening, and provide proof of health immunizations.

For questions, please contact Dr. Courtney Parke at or 504-842-8259.