EN-Abled Vet Internship Program


The Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center is committed to helping veterans land gainful employment upon your return to civilian life through the EN-Abled Veteran program. This 13-week internship program offers you training and experience in key health care technologies to jump-start your career.

The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between military experience and the pressing need for professionals in today’s health care technology environment. After the program, you will have the professional skills and real-world experience necessary to excel in a career in this growing industry.

The Internship

The EN-Abled Veteran internship program gives veterans practical experience in key health care technologies. The ultimate goal is help you become competitive and employable in the health care IT market.

The program offers the following:

  • Personalized one-on-one curriculum
  • Job shadowing and mentoring
  • Work experience and career discovery
  • Access to the tools needed to earn relevant certifications
  • Professional resume development
  • Assistance in applying for jobs


Frequently Asked Questions about the EN-Abled Veterans Program

Health care technology is a growing field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care industry will add more jobs than any other sector through 2018. Health care leaders recognize that veterans already possess the team-building, mission-focus and technical aptitudes necessary to succeed in the highly structured health care environment.

Prior knowledge is not required, but you should be interested in information technology. The program is flexible and allows you to move forward at your own pace.

We quickly assess your skill levels and move people from entry-level training to more challenging positions based upon talent, initiative and previous experience. Our combination of real-world experience and technology certifications help you choose a specific career path, including data security, network services or end-user technology.

  • Hands-on training: You’ll receive hands-on training in a nationally-ranked academic medical center. Our state-of-the-art equipment allows you to bring what you learn in your internship to real-world experiences. You will also learn the ins and outs of the field by job-shadowing IT specialists in a variety of departments throughout Rush.
  • Certification opportunities: You’ll have the opportunity to earn three nationally-recognized IT certifications in set-up and network configuration.
  • Job readiness training: You will learn how to create a resume, master interviewing techniques and network. You will do practice mock interviews with IT talent-placement professionals.
  • Spouse and adult child training: Under certain circumstances, family members may be enrolled in EN-Abled Vet. Contact us for more information.

Our five-step approach to the program is as follows:


1. Recruitment and onboarding

The program concentrates on veterans from recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, but all veterans with some technology experience are considered. No vet is left behind. The program offers veterans a 13-week temporary position (internship) at Rush University Medical Center. You will work for 32 hours per week and will earn $12.50 per hour. This schedule allows you to have time for other jobs, school and personal or family commitments.


2. Orientation and initial training

You will learn about different IT operational environments and obtain training in different areas. Upon successful completion of this phase, you will be certified in PC to Virtual Desktop conversion and will be proficient in Citrix, Microsoft and HP printer set up and configuration technologies. Online training programs are offered free of charge and include Microsoft, HP, Citrix, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems and Epic Systems…all of which lead to self paced certification.


3. Career choice and job shadowing

This next phase concentrates on the career you would like to pursue. Rush has a comprehensive IT department that includes an electronic medical records program, imaging systems, network operations, databases, web development and end-user technologies. You will work closely with analysts and engineers at Rush to determine the best area for you.


4. Resume development

Working with job coaches and placement firms, you will learn to translate the skills you learn during the internship into employment goals. You will then learn how to tailor your resume to the specific requirements of human resources and IT hiring managers.


5. Mock job interviews

The program will provide valuable tips and advice on interviewing techniques, and you will have an opportunity to do mock job interviews. You will be able to do as many mock interviews as possible until you feel comfortable and confident in your interviewing skills.

The program meets Monday – Thursday, 32 hours per week. Hours can be flexible based upon intern’s special circumstances. With proper time management and a flexible work schedule, it is possible to work at other jobs or attend school while you are enrolled in the program.

Yes, Rush is conveniently located close to public transportation.

Two Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train stations are adjacent to the Rush campus:

• Illinois Medical District (Blue Line)
• Polk (Pink Line)

The following CTA bus routes includes stops at or near Rush:

• #7 Harrison (weekdays)
• #9 Ashland (weekdays and weekends)
• #126 Jackson (weekdays and weekends)
• #157 Streeterville/Taylor (weekdays)

Rush is located just off the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), five minutes west of Chicago’s loop. For more information, contact the CTA at (888) 968-7282 or the Regional Transportation Authority at (312) 836-7000 or contact a Rush operator at (312) 942-5000.

The program is free to join.

For information on the application process, email us at enabled-vet@rush.edu or call us at (312) 942-0640. If you are a good fit for the program, you will start at the beginning of the next class session.


The goal of this program is to turn veterans with an interest in technology into competitive IT professionals. While military experience with technology is desired, other factors such as motivation, character and heart are also important.

For veterans in long-term care, the EN-Abled Veteran program will accept family members into the internship. For more information on the application process, email us at enabled_vet@rush.edu or call us at (312) 942-8387.


Finding work is often the most difficult part of transitioning back to civilian life for many veterans.

You can make a difference in the lives of these veterans and their families by donating to the Road Home Program and EN-Abled Veterans programs at Rush. Your donation helps our dedicated teams offer training and vocational support to veterans when they need it most. Go online to make a secure online donation.

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“I wanted to tell you, I just accepted a network admin position this afternoon! Great entry level position with tons of growth/development to set me on the path for a great career. I would have never had this opportunity without the Enabled Veteran program, so I wanted to say thank you. If the opportunity to promote the Enabled vet program arises in the future, I would love the opportunity to tell anyone what this program did for me.”

Nathan Foster