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Community Health Internship Program (BTG CHIP)

BTG Network (Offered in all locations)

BTG CHIP is a seven-week summer interdisciplinary program (eight weeks in one program location) that combines the provision of health-related services for underserved populations with the training of student interns in the health and social services fields. BTG matches student interns with approximately 100 nonprofit community partners in Philadelphia, Erie, Pittsburgh, and the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey. Students' projects are designed in collaboration with the community organizations, based on community-defined needs and the professional discipline and interests of the students.

Seminar Series

BTG Consortium (Offered in Philadelphia only)

The BTG Seminar Series consists of eight evening seminars, which take place during the spring, winter and fall. The seminars highlight people and programs that offer concrete strategies for addressing specific issues affecting vulnerable populations.

Clinical Program

BTG Consortium (Offered in Philadelphia only)

The BTG Clinical Program is an interdisciplinary experience providing students with the opportunity to become more skilled in collaborative community clinical service for underserved populations. The BTG Clinical Program is available to students throughout the program year. Students from multiple health and social service disciplines from across the city may elect to rotate through one of three program experiences: Covenant House Pennsylvania, which serves homeless, runaway and youth in crisis; Prevention Point, a multiservice public health organization; and NewCourtland LIFE, serving dual-eligible, frail, community-dwelling older adults.

Clinical Scholars

Students who complete all three BTG program components graduate from their school or university as a Bridging the Gaps Clinical Scholar.


BTG Events

Annual Symposium


At the Annual Symposium, students present their projects as poster displays and facilitate workshops based on the public health issues they encountered during their BTG CHIP experience. The Symposium is open to the broader community, facilitating dialogue and networking opportunities with public health officials, community site personnel, grantmaking institutions, academic faculty and staff, students, and other interested parties. A notable keynote speaker is featured, who is also the recipient of the Bridging the Gaps Award.

Heart Smart Event


Philadelphia’s Annual Heart Smart Event celebrates community involvement with BTG and increases awareness of cardiovascular health. Community site personnel and some of their clients, faculty, and students attend.

Other Presentation Symposia and Events

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine holds an Annual Poster Presentation where students share program experiences. Agency and community representatives, invited guests, faculty, and students attend. 

University of Pittsburgh holds an Annual Day of Presentations Symposium on the last day of BTG CHIP. Students present their projects using posters and oral presentations and a keynote speaker or live entertainment is featured. Attendees include community partners, deans and faculty, student peers, and interested funders. The University also offers a BTG Networking Social earlier in the program, which provides academic preceptors, community mentors, students and BTG staff with a chance to discuss and celebrate student achievements informally. Visit http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/interior.php?pageID=235 for more information.


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