CaRES Internship Weeks

In general, each CaRES internship requires full-time effort and should last at least 8 weeks and at most 15 weeks.  If you do not have at least 8 weeks available this summer, you cannot participate in CaRES. 

In general, your internship should be done over 8 to 15 consecutive weeks, but with the permission of your preceptor you may take a week for vacation or another activity (e.g., student orientation, mission trip) sometime between your CaRES start date and end date, as long as you end up working at least 8 weeks on CaRES.  You must negotiate the start and end dates of your CaRES project with your preceptor. 

The earliest possible start date is Monday, May 8; the latest possible end date is Thursday, August 31. 

But keep in mind that you cannot be paid by CaRES during the weeks when you are enrolled as a full-time student.  Therefore, please study your academic calendar in order to determine which weeks in the period May-August you are available to do CaRES full-time.  The earliest start date and latest end date for YOU depends on your university and degree program.  Here is a summary of the available dates in summer 2017 for each pool of students eligible for CaRES, drawn from the websites for these programs:

UAB Public Health Students: May 8 to August 31 (but for no more than 15 weeks)

UAB Medical Students:  May 29 to August 4

USA Medical Students:  June 5 to August 4

Auburn Veterinary Medicine Students:  May 8 to August 18

Auburn Pharmacy Students:  May 8 to August 4

Samford Pharmacy Students:  May 8 to August 18

Samford Public Health Students:  May 8 to August 25 (but for no more than 15 weeks)

The CaRES award letters prepared by Ms. Judy Baker (CaRES Internship Coordinator) will indicate the appropriate number of weeks of support for each CaRES student, corresponding to your request but also in light of the information above.  Any CaRES student who believes that the available dates indicated above do not apply to him or her, should contact Ms. Baker (  to request an exception to this schedule and to justify a different work schedule.

Although you may not do CaRES while engaged full-time as a student, with the permission of your preceptor you may take one classroom course, or perhaps one or more online courses, while doing CaRES, if you can still contribute full-time effort to CaRES for at least 8 weeks.

Also, students who plan to take an occasional vacation day during their CaRES pay period this summer, should inform their preceptors of their anticipated absences from the job; and should work out a payment plan with Ms. Baker so that they will be paid only for the equivalent of the number of full-time weeks that they worked. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Waterbor or Ms. Baker.  Thank you.