PICS Organization Name
Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics
Alvin Zhang '21, Rachel Linfield '19
The Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics coordinates bioethics practice and education for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. These institutions embrace the tradition of providing excellent medical care for the people of the Bronx, a tradition that began more than 125 years ago when Montefiore was established to care for patients with debilitating and chronic illnesses. We see our patients as people first, with a set of values, beliefs and experiences that shape their needs and our care. We embrace our diverse workforce and community, knowing that it is an intrinsic part of who we are. Our actions are the result of a deep belief in fairness to those we serve. We are committed to offering access to vital programs and exceptional care to all patients regardless of social or economic status, ethnicity, creed, gender, and sexual preference. Montefiore is a national leader in its efforts to deliver state of the art medical care to a vulnerable population.
The intern will serve as a research assistant at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics. Duties include performing literature searches and retreiving and reviewing articles on specific topics in bioethics for drafting new publications or for creating courses in our Master of Science in Bioethics program. All interns are asked to write brief articles on Bioethics for posting on our website. Past interns have collaborated on peer reviewed bioethics publications. Interns assist with various projects at the Center, related to our Bioethics Consultation Service, our Master of Science program in Bioethics, and our responsiblities in drafitng hospital policies related to bioethics. Possible research projects in which the intern might participate include: tools for teaching ethics consultation, ethics issues related to dementia and health policy, medical decision making at the end life, and additional bioethics policy issues relevant to the work of the Center. The intern will have the opportunity to join bioethics meetings that occur during the summer, such as a case review of consultations. There are also small group informal lunch meetings with senior faculty at Montefiore and Einstein. These lively gatherings offer students an opportunity to learn about career choices and options from noteworthy faculty members with a wide range of interests.
Interns need strong writing and research skills, and should be responsible and able to function independently. We assume all Princeton students have basic computer literacy for accessing scientific articles, etc.
Interns will be included in some discussions of ongoing bioethcs cases. They will need to meet professional standards for confidentiality and respectful participation regarding such discussions.
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23
8 Weeks (continuous)
Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy
**Writing sample required: Less than 10 pp long, optimal if on bioethics but not required.
Work is typically limited to office hours. Some students wrting blogs for the website will do extra editing during off hours.
An on-site visit is required prior to starting internship (student is responsible for costs associated with travel). Students will be hospital employees and must comply with NY State law, which requires TB and other medical testing, drug screen and background check. Our staff will help students through this process.
Students typically share housing with friends and family
Montefiore is literally at the forefront of change in healthcare and is the quintessence of community service. Additionally, bioethics is becoming more popular as people begin to realize how important it is for a well-functioning and low risk healthcare system. Thus, in both the organization and the specific department, I experienced exactly the ideals of PICS. It was a great and extremely enriching experience in learning about a new field, about healthcare and population health and about serving vulnerable and underserved populations.
—Madeline Russell '16
The internship served as a valuable introduction into the healthcare world, and helped paint a nuanced picture of what ethical patient care should look like. Montefiore works hard to weave in social justice issues into the medical setting. Being able to do research on bioethical issues that included an element of social justice was enriching.
—Rachel Linfield '19
through my internship experience I learned more about the medical needs of low income and minority populations, and also the growing need for mental health awareness. I feel the internship gave me a deeper understanding of the experiences of people who I would normally not encounter at Princeton. —Alvin Zhang '21