Students with Diabetes Announces National Internship Program

8Undergraduate and graduate students living with Type 1 Diabetes will be able to learn leadership skills through a new national internship, created by Students With Diabetes®and led by Nicole Johnson, MA, MPH, Miss America 1999.

Nicole Johnson founded the Students With Diabetes Internship Program™ to develop and train undergraduate and graduate students living with T1D  (Type 1 Diabetes) to become the next generation of leaders in the diabetes community. Johnson is Executive Director of the “Bringing Science Home” initiative at USF Health at the University of South Florida, which fosters national initiatives to improve the lives of anyone living with a chronic illness.

The Students With Diabetes Internship Program™ will introduce young adults living with T1D to professional opportunities within the diabetes community.  The goal is to foster professional development and provide young adults living with T1D the business and life skills necessary for a successful career in diabetes.

“I wish I had access to this type of program when I was a young adult,” Johnson said.   “Not only will the program offer young adults exceptional professional opportunities, but it will also provide them unmatched experience to learn from and be mentored by leaders in the diabetes community.”

Internships will be offered in a variety of business sectors functioning in diabetes including non-profit management, sales, marketing, clinical research, communications, technology, publishing and advocacy/government affairs. Applications are available at and are due by February 1, 2013.

Criteria for selection includes:

  • GPA
  • Writing Skills
  • Career Aspiration
  • Sense of Commitment
  • Recommendations
  • Interview

Internship awards and placements will be announced on March 15, 2013.  Those awarded internships are required to attend the Students With Diabetes Leadership Training Academy May 29-30, 2013. This conference will teach interns business communication skills, grassroots advocacy skills, leadership training and tips on how to succeed in their internship. This opportunity will also be open to a limited number of non-intern participants.  The conference will be held in St. Petersburg, FL on the campus of the University of South Florida immediately preceding the 2013 Students With Diabetes National Conference.

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About Students With Diabetes

Students With Diabetes (www.studentswithdiabetes.comis dedicated to creating a community and connection point for young adults with diabetes ages 18-30 on both college campuses and in local communities across the country.  The national network includes education, programs and opportunities for young adults living with diabetes to facilitate their transition into this life stage and help foster personal, social and professional development to ensure a successful life with diabetes.  Students With Diabetes was created as part of the Bringing Science Home project of USF Health, directed by Nicole Johnson, and supported by a generous gift from The Patterson Foundation.

About USF Health

USF Health ( is dedicated to creating a model of health care based on understanding the full spectrum of health. It includes the University of South Florida’s colleges of medicine, nursing, and public health; the schools of biomedical sciences as well as physical therapy & rehabilitation sciences; and the USF Physicians Group. With more than $411 million in research grants and contracts last year, the University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 50 research universities.


About The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation (, based in Sarasota, Fla., seeks to motivate others to think and act beyond today’s reality and strives to generate philanthropic impact by finding innovative ways to join together with individuals and entities.

About Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson (www.NicoleJohnson.comis executive director of Bringing Science Home at USF Health and runs a consulting company called Nicole Johnson, Inc. NJI is a company dedicated to motivating, inspiring and teaching creative techniques to people touched by diabetes to ensure better, healthier and more victorious lives.  

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