By DeVry University
Finding a medical billing and coding internship can help you gain important work experience and build connections in your chosen career field, but you may have questions about where to start.
In this article, we'll provide you with some helpful tips that you can use while looking for an internship for medical billing and coding, including how to search for internships, techniques for building relationships and more in the following sections:
How to Identify a Medical Billing and Coding Internship Opportunity
The first step in pursuing an internship is determining what is available. You'll want to start your search for a medical billing and coding internship early on.
There are several ways you can go about looking for an internship opportunity, including:
- Searching on a job website: Sites like Indeed or LinkedIn are great places to see what jobs and internships are available in your area. Take advantage of their search filters to look for medical billing and coding internship positions.
- Use your contacts: If you know someone in the medical billing and coding field, reach out to see if they're aware of any open internships where they work or in nearby facilities.
- Attend job fairs: Job fairs are a great way to check out and meet with representatives from companies that are looking to hire. It can also give you an opportunity to hand out your resume, make introductions and get a sense of the medical billing and coding internships available in your area.
- School events & resources: Check with your school to see if they’re hosting any events or have industry connections you can take advantage of. This can help you get to know other students, meet professionals and build connections. Your school may also offer career support that can help you present your best self. At DeVry, for example, our Career Services advisors can help connect you to job and internship opportunities as well as help you develop your resume, practice interviewing and more.
Building Relationships Starts with an Introduction
When you’re searching for an internship, the way you introduce and present yourself matters. Whether you’re reaching out to someone via email or using a platform like LinkedIn, you should try to present yourself as professionally as possible.
Here are a few tips you can use when introducing yourself using various online methods:
Email: Reaching out through email is a great way to introduce yourself. Some things to keep in mind when emailing about an internship are:
- Write a subject line that includes the title of the internship.
- Introduce yourself in the body of the email and explain how you found the posting.
- Explain why you are a good fit for the internship, using examples of previous experience or education.
- Provide your contact information.
- Attach your resume.
LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great resource for job hunting and is also useful when searching for a medical billing and coding internship. Here are some helpful tips for contacting someone on LinkedIn:
- Introduce yourself and explain why you are reaching out.
- Provide some background on your education or work experience and invite them to view your profile.
- Provide your contact information.
Facebook groups: There are Facebook groups out there for just about every type of community, including professional ones. Joining a medical billing and coding Facebook group can give you the chance to meet people who are already in the profession and make connections with them in a more casual space. You never know where a connection may lead, and while it’s not guaranteed, you may learn about an internship opportunity just by talking with other group members or by submitting a post asking for help finding one.
Find a Medical Billing and Coding Mentor
Finding a mentor is a great way to help you work toward a career in the medical billing and coding industry. Mentors can give you insight into the profession and point you in the direction of useful resources that can help you develop your skills and make connections. A mentor can be anyone who works in the medial billing and coding industry. You could even ask a professor to be your mentor.
The American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) also offers a mentorship program that can help you connect with a knowledgeable professional in the medical billing and coding space.
Network with Other Students
Making meaningful connections with other students from your program may help you stay aware of new internships or job opportunities. It’s also a great way to develop a support system while you’re working toward finding a medical billing and coding internship.
Identify Your Medical Billing and Coding Internship Goals
Before you start your search for a medical billing and coding internship, we suggest that you take some time to evaluate what your goals are and what you hope to get out of the internship.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Improve your knowledge of the field: An internship is a great way to enhance your understanding of a profession through hands-on learning. Pay close attention to what your coworkers teach you and treat each job task like learning opportunity.
- Make connections with coworkers: While at your internship, make an effort to connect with your coworkers. They can be helpful resources when it comes time to apply for your first medical billing and coding job and may be able to give you recommendations on where to look.
- Connect with human resources: If you enjoy where you work during your internship, be sure to speak with your supervisor or HR department about applying to career opportunities at the facility as your internship begins to draw to a close.
Explore Medical Billing and Coding at DeVry
If you’re thinking about a career in medical billing and coding, consider enrolling in our Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding program at DeVry. You'll develop an understanding of how the medical billing and field functions as well as learn basic terminology, how to process medical data and more. You’ll also have the chance to learn from experienced professors and connect with fellow students to expand your network. Classes start every 8 weeks and can be completed 100% online.