Health Professions Student Training Opportunities

Contact: Erin Sol, Student Training Opportunities Coordinator esol@seahec.org (520) 287-4722

There are many myths and beliefs about the difficulties of living and working in rural/underserved areas that act as deterrents for health care providers.  As a result, the communities most in need have the hardest time recruiting and retaining qualified providers.

SEAHEC helps to break down these barriers by assisting health professions students to get community experience through completing rotations and internships at clinics in medically-underserved communities.

SEAHEC staff coordinate with academic institutions to provide community training opportunities. We also provide students with in-depth orientation to the local community. We help to shape rewarding learning opportunities and, in some situations, can also provide stipends to help with housing and travel expenses.

These training opportunities are made possible with the guidance of dedicated and experienced SEAHEC preceptors and other health care providers who act as student mentors.

Health Professions Student Placement

Student Housing Support

Border Health Service Learning Opportunities

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities


2013 FRONTERA Border Tour

Nogales-June 25-27

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After spending three days at the US Mexico border, hosted by SEAHEC, a group of 14 college students reflected on their immersion learning experience hosted by the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center. The students were from FRONTERA (Focusing Research on the Border Area,) a 10 week research internship offered to undergraduate, graduate and medical students at the University of Arizona. The Frontera Program is an ongoing services learning offering sponsored by the U of a College of Medicine’s Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA), which is led by Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, professor of Medicine and Pathology.

Through the program, students learn about public health issues along the US/Mexico Border Region by allowing them to have a hands on research experience in the community. During the course, each group makes the trip south from Tucson, to SEAHEC, and the border community known by locals as “Ambos (both)Nogales,” which refers to the fact that there is a Nogales on each sides of the border.

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Border Service Learning with F.A.C.E.S & L.U.C.H.A. Students

Border Service Learning Group

On april 20th SEAHEC took 14 University of Arizona Students to Nogales Sonora, on a Border Service Learning trip. The students were from two U of A student organizations focused on health careers. Nine of the students were members of Fostering and Achieving Cultural Equity and Sensitivity (F.A.C.E.S.) which was organized to address cultural competency issues in the health care system.

The other five students were members of Learning, Understanding and Cultivating Health Advocacy (LUCHA), a graduate student organization at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The club was designed to connect students to community service opportunities to promote awareness for border health and human rights issues in the US-Mexico Border Region.

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2012 Border Health Service Learning Institute

Ambos Nogales – From August 9th -13th, SEAHEC hosted the Border Health Service Learning Institute in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora in partnership with the University Of Arizona College Of Public Health.  The week-long course, which rotates annually between Douglas Arizona/Agua Prieta, Sonora, Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, and San Luis, Arizona/San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, is designed to engage students in community-based collaboration that spans the U.S.–Mexico border.  Students provide service to the host community while learning about factors influencing public health in a binational environment.bhsli3


This year, eight students participated in cross-border activities, which included shadowing Mariposa CHC community health workers, and touring Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona.  SEAHEC organized panels that gave students a chance to learn firsthand from community members what it is like growing up on both sides of the border, how border communities collaborate to address health local health needs that require international cooperation, and how health care services are impacted by the local economy.

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