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Quality of Life Services / Bereavement Program Internship

The Quality of Life Services/Bereavement Program internship will provide a qualified undergraduate or master’s level student exposure to bereavement, palliative, and end-of-life care for patients and families at St. Jude. The intern will primarily work with the bereavement coordinator, a psychologist on the Quality of Life team. Most of the work of the intern will be project-focused within the bereavement program.  The intern will interface with bereaved families and may participate in research, if desired. The intern will have the opportunity to interface with pediatric palliative care practitioners and to work collaboratively with multiple departments.

This internship is well suited for individuals seeking a career in fields such as psychology, communications, social services, hospital administration and spiritual care. This internship would not be appropriate for someone seeking an immersion into the medical side of palliative care, as the focus of this internship is primarily on grief and bereavement care.  The internship is located in Memphis, TN, and is a part-time/full-time learning experience. The intern will receive a stipend and should expect to be available Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends (full-time program during the summer).

Education Required

  • Interested candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college program at the time of the internship in the spring and fall.  Must demonstrate status as a continuing student if the internship is held during the summer term.
  • Candidates are accepted from all majors; an interest in psychology, communications, social services, spiritual care and hospital administration is preferred, with 3.0 GPA or above. GPA will be validated by transcripts and communication with advisor. Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the VP of Academic Programs.
  • Must be entering senior year or enrolled in a master’s program to be considered.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Students most likely to succeed as an intern will possess:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • The ability to manage priorities and work autonomously as appropriate
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Inherent motivation to learn

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to   Your letter should include a statement on how participation in this internship would support your academic and career goals.  Please include the semester you are applying for in the email subject line.

Deadlines to Submit Cover Letter and Resume

  • Fall 2022 semester – April 29, 2022
  • Spring 2023 semester – October 28, 2022
  • Summer 2023 semester - January 9, 2023


Please email with any questions.