Greetings from Professor Donovan

January 26, 2015

Dear Health Programs Student:

I am excited to dedicate this entire newsletter to some very EXCITING scholarship, internship, and employment opportunities!


Professor Donovan

AHIMA Scholarship

The 2015 AHIMA Foundation Merit Scholarship will open July 1. Students can learn about the online application process and eligibility requirements at the Foundation website.

Independence College Internship Program

Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is seeking candidates for our 2015 College Internship Program. This paid program is open to college students of all majors who are interested in gaining real work experience through project-based internships in their fields of study. Most of the positions will be located at Independence’s headquarters, at 1901 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. Other potential locations include 1700 Market and 1500 Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia, Horsham and Fort Washington.

Application Process

Candidates may upload their résumés and submit their applications electronically. Candidates are encouraged to review the job descriptions, skill requirements and internship locations, and to apply only for those positions for which they are qualified.

Interviews will be held at the office where the positions are located. If selected for an interview, candidates who attend universities outside the Philadelphia area may request an interview via telephone.

Program Dates

  • Application dates: January 19 – February 28, 2015
  • Interviews: March – May 2015
  • Program start date: June 1, 2015
  • Program completion date: August 7, 2015
  • Work hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (37.5 hours per week)

Program Requirements

Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college or university or have graduated from an accredited college or university within one calendar year of the program application deadline.

Every candidate who is offered an employment opportunity with Independence is required to undergo a pre-employment background check. Offers may be withdrawn for any candidate who fails to successfully complete the screening process.


The two day orientation provides a forum for interns to:

  • meet fellow interns;
  • become familiar with Independence’s business strategies and areas of operation;
  • gain insights into health care industry trends;
  • ask the experts about the impact of health care reform on our nation.

Meaningful Work

Independence is committed to providing relevant and meaningful work experiences for our interns. Internships are project-based, and participants work closely with our full-time associates to support important business initiatives. Interns have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge and gain real-world experience in their chosen field of study.

Professional Development

Independence Blue Cross believes in the development of the whole person, and our internships reflect that belief in action. During the 10-week program, participants will attend professional development courses on topics such as professional networking, building your personal brand, and interviewing skills.

Guest speakers will present timely and relevant information topics such as health care reform, consumerism, and an overview of the health insurance industry.


At Independence Blue Cross, improving the health and wellness of our community is just as important as improving the health and wellness of our members. Interns will participate in an event with the Blue Crew Corporate Volunteer Program, which is a comprehensive outreach program that serves as an extension of Independence’s social mission. The mission of the volunteer program is to strengthen the company’s role as a leader in community service through service projects that contribute to the well-being of the people in our region.

Evaluation and Feedback

Interns and managers will meet regularly to share feedback and discuss opportunities for learning and improvements. At the end of the program, interns will be asked to complete an anonymous survey of their internship experience, and their feedback will be used to develop improvements for the following year.

Internships for Credit

If a student requires an internship for credit, the University Relations Specialist will work with the university to ensure that the responsibilities and work experience outlined in the internship position meet the required criteria set by the university. Candidates seeking credit for an internship are asked to include this information in their cover letter.

SAVE THE DATE: Healthcare Mock Interview Panel

Wednesday, Feb. 11th, 5:30-7:30pm

1420 Pine Street

Philadelphia, PA

Do you often wonder what healthcare employers look for in a candidate during an interview?

As with every skill you have ever learned, you have to learn the proper technique and then practice…practice…practice!

The Healthcare: Mock Interview Panel, which is being held at Peirce College on Wednesday, February 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 51, will help you perfect your interviewing techniques. It will also allow you to get valuable feedback and coaching on your interviewing skills.

Peirce's CDS Center is partnering with area healthcare professionals that are currently working in the field. Find out what recruiters look for during the interview process.

You will also hear about employers' expectations and the skills you need to stay competitive in the workplace. The interviewers will ask industry-specific questions and will provide you immediate and honest feedback.

You don't want to miss this – R.S.V.P. at by February 10.

Employment Opportunities

The Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission has an open position for a Registry Technician. Detailed information regarding the minimum experience and/or training requirements needed to qualify can be found by clicking on the link to each test announcement.

Registry Technician – (Associate’s Degree) An associate’s degree in a Health Information Technology (HIT) program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education; or eligibility for certification as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) as specified by the National Cancer Registrars Association Council on Certification; or an associate’s degree in a health or healthcare related field and one year of technical healthcare data management experience. (Apply no later than August 29, 2015).

In addition, the Spring 2015 College Career Booklets have just been released. You may find the documents under Job Opportunities for Graduates. These are great resources for students, as they provide a listing of job titles for which students may qualify based on their degree, no experience necessary.

As a reminder, bachelor degree students who are within seven months of graduation and have completed at least 90 credits, and associate degree students who are within seven months of graduation and have completed at least 45 credits, may begin the application and testing process prior to graduation.

The entire summary of open civil service examinations can be accessed at by selecting Job Seekers . This listing is updated every two weeks, so students are encouraged to access it frequently to read about new employment opportunities.

Message me at for more information.