Medical Laboratory Scientist Internship Program

UMHS MLS Internship Program Policies 

Application/Admission: Affiliated universities coordinate the matching of MLS interns to clinical internship programs.  Potential interns may go through an interviewing process with Michigan Medicine as part of the matching process.

Anti-Racism:  Michigan Medicine leaders support the institutional position that we unequivocally recognize racism as a public health crisis, and that we stand together against bias and inequality.  A key behavior to improving the climate is ensuriong that all of our workforce, learners and volunteers have the skills, confidence and support to speak up when they witness or experience bias, discrimination, or harassment.

Employment of Interns:  The internship is unpaid.  However interns may work up to 10 hours per week in the laboratories and they are considered temporary employees and paid $15/hour.  Emplouyment is optional.  Temporary employment during the internship does not  count towards years of service later should the intern take a permanent position with Michigan Medicine.

Parking:  Interns may be eligible to purchase temporary employee parking passes.  Alternatively, interns can use public commuter lots and public transportation to the main hospital.  Please see the Michigan Medicine Information page for links to the University Parking Services and public transportation (The Ride).

Pre-Employment Eligibility Screening:  Interns are subject to the same pre-employment screening as new employee candidates.  This includes a urine drug screen and a criminal background check (free of cost to the intern).  This occurs after the intern selections are made and prior to orientation.  Occupational Health will conduct a health assessment.  This includes a TB skin test, vaccination history, and additional requirements as necessary.  Interns may be offered vaccinations and/or testing for immunity and these are provided free of charge.   Michigan Medicine requires that all workforce members including interns have Covid-19 vaccinations (initial plus booster) except for some bargained for employees.  Workforce members may apply for an exemption to the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons.  If the exemption is approved, the workforce member msut meet a weekly tseting requirment.

Rotation Hours and Break Times: The daily rotation hours are typically 8-8.5 hours per day and determined by the each lab.  Typical start time mays range from 6:30-10:00 am.  Breaks are taken by the interns based on their daily schedule and typically are dependent on the daily work and the Medical Laboratory Scientist they will be training with. 

Attendance:  The interns are expected to approach their internship rotations as if they were employees.  The expectation is that interns will arrive to their internship everyday on time.  If an intern is unable to be present for a day of internship, they should contact the clinical educator for the lab they are rotating in and the Allied Health Education Program Manager.  When an intern is unexpectedly late or absent, there may be a delay in work if the preceptor is holding some of their work for intern practice.

Dress Policies:  The interns are expected to take pride in their appearance.   They will need to wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable and they are easily able to work in.  Interns are expected to follow all Michigan Medicine and Pathology guidelines for dress code. We recommend scrubs or business casual clothing.  The Department of Pathology does not require a specific color or type of scrubs.  Closed- toe shoes are required. 

ASCLS:  Depending on the affiliated university program requirements, the interns may be expected to attend the Michigan Chapter of American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science Annual Meeting.  

Internship Orientation:  The interns are expected to attend the MLS Internship Orientation prior to their internship.  This virtual meeting is generally held a few weeks before the start of the internship.

Orientation Mandatory Learning:  During the first days of the internship, the students will be expected to attend a safety tour, and complete mandatory online tutorials via MLearning.  The student will also complete any requirements through Occupational Health as described above.