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The Promise Initiative

San Francisco VA is offering a rare and competitive opportunity for high school students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in health care careers. Our Promise Initiative Internship Program provides interns with hands-on experience and a chance to develop lifelong relationships with highly trained health care professionals. As the first VA Medical Center in the nation with a formal Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), SFVA is spearheading the advancement of DEI initiatives and efforts as a health care system.

Program Overview

Student interns can expect to work Monday through Thursday at a minimum of 20 hours per week for $17.90 per hour. Interns will complete 1-2 week rotations with mentor and clinical teams.

Opportunity to work in various hospital settings

  • Primary care
  • Mental health/substance use treatment
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery
  • Whole Health
  • Internal medicine
  • DEI
Additional Details
  • Interns will be required to complete VA Voluntary Service forms, TB testing, and provide vaccination records
  • For more information related to the SFUSD application process, reach out to Tiffany San Jose at

For any questions, please email Dr. Marcus Ellis at

two interns work with emergency department equipment