Overview of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Internship Program
MacNeal Hospital offers an internship in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department for undergraduate and graduate students. At MacNeal, Cardiac Rehab interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in almost every facet of cardiac rehab. Cardiac Rehab interns learn to work with patients in a clinical setting. Activities involve patient assessment, blood pressure measurement, patient education, EKG interpretation, exercise prescription, conduct warm ups and cool downs, strength conditioning workouts, and chart documentation.
We are a hands-on teaching facility. Our focus is on outpatient Cardiac Rehab, working in Phase I, II, and III Cardiac Rehab. Additional observation opportunities include open heart surgery, cardiac catheterizations, stress testing, echocardiography, vascular testing, TEEs, pulmonary function testing, and community health screenings. MacNeal’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program is AACVPR Certified. Learn more about cardiac rehab at MacNeal.
Program specifics and requirements
- ACLS certification is offered onsite and can be taken free of charge as an elective during your internship.
- CPR certification is required prior to your start date.
- Undergraduate and Graduate students are accepted for all semesters.
- Interns must be enrolled in a university-required internship program that provides liability insurance. Students cannot apply for internships independently – it must be through a contracted university.
- This internship is unpaid.
- Preference is given to interns that have had an ECG class and experience with taking blood pressure.
- Experience with exercise leadership is a plus.
- Our facility is open Monday through Friday.
Applying for the Cardiac Rehab Internship
Please email your resume, cover letter and details on what semester and year you are interested in doing your internship to:
Betsy Hart, MS, CCEP
Lead Exercise Physiologist
MacNeal Hospital - Cardiac Rehab
3249 S. Oak Park Ave.
Berwyn IL 60402
Testimonials from Past Interns
"Compassionate patient care, medical training, and hands on experience, get them all at MacNeal's cardiac rehab. A great team led by Betsy Hart who have turned MacNeal's phase II and III cardiac rehab into the standard for excellence in Illinois with the outcome measures to prove it. As a student you will see firsthand how patients take their life back after heart attacks and thoracic surgery and adopt healthy living. Expect to lead exercise classes, take vitals, prep the crash cart, read EKG rhythm strips, conduct patient education, improve your bedside manner and if you are lucky you may get to watch stent placements and thoracic surgery. You can also earn your ACLS provider certification, study and earn your Clinical Exercise Specialist certification through the ACSM if you work the required hours. In summary this was an excellent experience, it was formative, a great resume builder and it was instrumental for my future as a physician."
Iulian Dragusin, 2d Lt, USAF
Midwestern University CCOM 2018
“I was a Physical Education major as an undergraduate student, and the MacNeal Cardiac Rehab team selected me as an intern in the Summer of 2012 because I knew Physical Education wasn't my long-term plan and I wanted more exposure to patient care and secondary prevention. As an intern, I was able to learn about reading and interpreting ECG rhythms, how to take exercising blood pressures, and exercise prescription. This was all real world experience that, before my internship, I had only learned about in textbooks and in a school setting. This internship set me up to succeed in Graduate School, where I studied Clinical Exercise Physiology at Ball State University. I felt incredibly well-prepared since I spent an entire Summer working as part of the MacNeal team. I currently work as the Laboratory Manager at the Integrative Physiology Laboratory at UIC, where I now train others to perform the skills that I learned at MacNeal. I help supervise exercise physiology research in clinical populations, and my internship in MacNeal Cardiac Rehab prepared me to assume this leadership role. The staff at MacNeal are wonderful - they make you feel like a co-worker and let you contribute to the team, which helped my confidence and professionalism. I highly recommend this internship!”