TIGER Scholars Informatics Internship 

Program Overview

The TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Scholars Informatics Internship will provide opportunities for selected candidates to:

  • Enhance their knowledge of health informatics education and practice
  • Expand their network with the HIMSS TIGER Interprofessional Community
  • Develop mentoring relationships with community leaders
  • Participate as a member of the global health informatics community through conferences, webinars, meetings and social media
  • Engage in activities that promote the profession through education and advocacy
  • Learn about the services and opportunities offered through HIMSS and TIGER for continuing professional development, certification and career advancement 

Program Application & Selection Process

The TIGER Scholars Selection Panel will review all applications and rank candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in health informatics
  • Quality and strength of recommendations
  • Academic achievement (candidate must be in good standing academically)
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English 

Students may not participate in any other internships while serving as a TIGER Scholars Intern.

The TIGER Scholars Informatics Internship application deadline is Monday, 1 June, 2020.

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Program Objectives and Benefits

Prerequisite:

Financial responsibility:

  1. Expand skillset and knowledge base:
    TIGER Scholars Interns will receive full access to the educational resources available through the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) including the Health IT Foundations course hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Opening Learning Initiative. Once completed, each intern will be eligible to sit for a final course assessment towards a certificate of completion. This course is aligned with CAHIMS certification and each intern will be encouraged to sit for the exam after successfully passing the course. Once obtained, the certificate of completion and CAHIMS certification can be added to the intern’s CV, resume, LinkedIn profile, etc., to demonstrate their expanded knowledge of important informatics and health information and technology concepts and topics.
  2. Leader mentorship:
    TIGER has a growing international network, currently represented by 29 countries worldwide.  Many industry leaders serve in TIGER leadership and volunteer roles. Based on areas of interest, TIGER will pair interns with 2-3 mentors throughout the academic year. Interns will have opportunities to gain insights into current studies and projects as well as garner input into post-graduation career ideas.
  3. HIMSS TIGER staff coaching and engagement:
    TIGER Scholars Interns will learn alongside and shadow HIMSS TIGER staff and may also have the opportunity to cross-collaborate with other HIMSS community liaisons and staff. TIGER staff and leadership will provide insights and feedback on student resumes/CV’s as they seek to obtain their first jobs in the health informatics field or advance their career post-graduation.
  4. Financial stipend:
    The TIGER Scholars Informatics Internship offers a $3,200 stipend per year plus a bonus based on performance to each student selected to participate.
  5. HIMSS Student Membership:
    The TIGER Scholars Interns will receive a one-year complimentary HIMSS student membership and are encouraged to continue their HIMSS member post-internship.
  6. Serve as a HIMSS Global Health Conference Program Assistant:
    TIGER Scholars Interns will serve as Program Assistants for the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition during the year of their active internship. Benefits, prerequisites, and financial responsibility are consistent with those of the overall Program Assistant role.
    Benefits include:
    • Networking with nearly 45,000 industry professionals, from 90+ countries
    • Conference education sessions*
    • Exhibit Hall featuring 1300+ healthcare IT companies*
    • All scheduled daily meals throughout the conference, including breakfast briefings, lunches, program assistant/staff dinner and social functions
    • Complimentary shared housing
    • Complimentary conference registration*
    • Daily transportation to/from the convention center
    • Post-conference cash incentive based on performance *Badges will allow access to both the education sessions and the exhibit floor. Program Assistants will have dedicated blocks of time allocated in their schedules to attend daily.
    • Availability to be onsite at the conference full time from Sunday – Friday (final day of the conference until 3:00 pm ET). The 2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
    • Provide their own air transportation to/from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
    • Provide their own ground transportation to/from the airport and hotel.
    • Cover their incidental charges (i.e. hotel incidentals and any food and beverages outside of scheduled meals).
  7. Internship projects:
    TIGER Scholars Interns will complete several projects as part of the internship experience. Projects may include opportunities to:
    • Create resource content sharing thought leadership related to hot topics and emerging trends in the industry. Example: An editorial article on health informatics competency
    • Assist with identifying and selecting leaders in the health information and technology field to evolve the TIGER VLE webinar series. Serve as webinar moderator. Research skills would be necessary to fulfill this opportunity.
    • Help edit and draft publications, including conference and workshop proposals.
    • Develop a case study focused on TIGER’s current scope of work as it relates to current classes or areas of focus within their program.
    • Prepare and deliver a presentation about TIGER and the opportunity it offers to make an impact on education reform to a class, HIMSS Chapter or Community, or broader online audience.
  8. Professional networking through the TIGER Interprofessional Community:
    • Attend monthly TIGER International Task Force, TIGER Scholars Workgroup, and/or TIGER VLE Workgroup meetings (based on interest and availability) to meet global TIGER leadership and volunteers while hearing firsthand about the state of the industry and what TIGER is doing to transform education, practice and resource development worldwide.
    • Expand and cultivate a strong international network by working with TIGER staff and volunteer leadership. 

Program Structure

Prerequisites:

  • Background check and other items as directed by HIMSS Human Resources
  • Letter of approval from the chair of the student’s academic program

Timing:

  • The TIGER Scholar Informatics Internship will run for one academic year, beginning with the fall through the spring terms.
  • Program hours, commitment time and course/program credit granted will vary based on the student’s academic program. 

Location:

  • This is a remote internship opportunity. Candidates must have a computer, internet access and home office setup that supports this role remotely.

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Questions? Visit the HIMSS TIGER Initiative landing page at https://www.himss.org/tiger for more information about our global scope of work. Contact the TIGER staff liaison directly at tiger@himss.org.