Bridging the Gap Between School and Career
When you graduate from AOMA, you will be equipped with deep knowledge of acupuncture and herbs, and extensive clinical training to start your career. It is our goal at AOMA that you will also leave with the practical skills you need to build a career as a Licensed Acupuncturist. The Practice Management Field Work program is a voluntary enrichment opportunity, where students can assist local, successful acupuncture practices with their day-to-day operations, and thereby learn the business side of working in the health care field.
AOMA maintains an updated list of Austin-based acupuncture clinics that offer paid and unpaid opportunities to work in their offices, doing various kinds of administrative work. As a student, you can use these opportunities to learn more about how an acupuncture clinic is set up and maintained. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities as a student, to enrich your own education in practice management. This networking opportunity to work alongside successful practitioners can help bridge the gap between being a student and working in the real world.
Each clinic interviews their own candidates, so please refer to the list below for current opportunities and then apply directly to the clinic or business. If you have any questions or would like to list an opportunity, contact Julia Aziz, the Director of Student and Career Services, at email@example.com.
Participating Businesses and Field Work Opportunities
- Healing Way Austin
Healing Way Austin
Paid Contract Opportunity With Potential to Expand
"Full time acupuncturist seeking part time contract labor for help implementing various projects and performing certain clerical duties. First and foremost, I need someone to help me switch to Electronic Health Record (EHR) keeping. I will most likely be using CharmEHR but open to other suggestions if they meet my criteria. Most of this work can be done on your time schedule and from home, though I hope to make the switch as soon as possible. In addition, there are various projects I could use help with in the future.
I am seeking help from the AOMA student population as I ultimately would like to train someone in the nuances of Classical Chinese Medicine to join my practice at an undetermined future date."
- Premier Health and Wellness
Premier Health and Wellness
Premier Health & Wellness is currently accepting applications for our internship program. Premier Health & Wellness is one of the first acupuncture clinics in the Austin Metro Area to become medically integrated, which means we’ve added a family physician and nurse practitioner to our team. This is a unique opportunity for an acupuncture student to be a fly on the wall, shadow one of our LAcs and see the power of chinese medicine and western medicine practiced under one roof.
The responsibilities of the intern would be to assist where needed in the clinic: helping the admin staff, filling herbs, stocking herbs, taking patients to the appropriate rooms, pulling acupuncture needles, providing manual therapy, etc. This position demands high energy and ability to move up and about frequently because we treat 30-50 patients per day, so make sure you take your vitamins! Internship could potentially lead to paid associate L. Ac. position.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org, your resume, and cover letter answering the 3 questions below (in word or pdf format):
1. Why did you decide to study acupuncture?
2. Why are you applying for our internship program?
3. Why should we choose you to be our intern?
- South Austin Community Acupuncture
South Austin Community Acupuncture
South Austin Community Clinic has immediate need for a Sunday front desk volunteer: 10-4pm. Great Opportunity to learn the business side of running a community acupuncture clinic.
Will likely become a paid position at some point.
Call Wally 512-707-8330 if interested.
Conceivable, a technology enabled fertility program from a TCM perspective is looking for an intern to help write/revise copy for our program. The founder is an AOMA alum, Kirsten Hurder-Karchmer who also runs one of the oldest and most established reproductive acupuncture program in the US. Interested in learning a ton and working with an unbelievable team of TCM folks and technologists? Here is the internship for you!
Applicants should be passionate about TCM and women's health and have an editor's eye for detail as well as impeccable writing skills. We need someone enthusiastic, hardworking, and eager to learn from one of the nation's leading Reproductive Medicine experts. Please email a letter of interest to email@example.com and tell us about yourself, background, and why you are a good fit for this position.
- Turtle Dragon
Currently accepting clinic volunteers!
Contact: James Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 512-452-1410.
- Oriental Medicine Associates
Currently accepting part-time, unpaid front office help!
- This position could eventually become a paid one and includes the opportunity for great, hands-on learning opportunities.
- Right now, we could use someone Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday anytime between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm.
Contact: Kathy Kerr at email@example.com via phone at 512-657-001.
- Reavis Rehab and Wellness Center
Currently accepting unpaid interns! This opportunity has the potential to become paid.
Contact: Charise Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org via phone at 512-310-7665.
- Axis Acupuncture
Axis Acupuncture of Austin occasionally offers field work opportunities for AOMA students. Inquire with Axis Acupuncture directly for more information and current opportunities.
Contact: Sarai Stapleton at email@example.com via phone at 512-963-0037.
- Acupuncture Together of Austin
Acupuncture Together of Austin occasionally offers field work opportunities for AOMA students. Inquire with Acupuncture Together of Austin directly for more information and current opportunities.
Contact: Ashley O’Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org via phone at 512-698-5151.
- Diagnostic Natural Medicine of Austin
Diagnostic Natural Medicine of Austin occasionally offers field work opportunities for AOMA students. Inquire with Diagnostic Natural Medicine of Austin directly for more information and current opportunities.
Contact: Dr. Joel Cone at email@example.com via phone at 512-577-7234.
- The Herb Bar
The Herb Bar is willing to work with students who are interested in learning more about retailing herbs. Inquire with The Herb Bar directly for more information and current opportunities.
Contact: Twila Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org via phone at 512-444-6251.
- Sage Acupuncture
Sage Acupuncture of Austin occasionally offers paid and unpaid field work opportunities for AOMA students. Inquire with Sage Acupuncture directly for more information and current opportunities.
Contact: Sadie Minkoff at email@example.com via phone at 512-968-2605.
- Third Coast Herb Company
Third Coast Herb Company occasionally offers field work opportunities for AOMA students. Inquire with Third Coast Herb Company directly for more information and current opportunities.
Contact: Jeanine Adinaro at firstname.lastname@example.org via phone at 512-895-9595.
“My main suggestion on life after acupuncture school is to start it while you are in school….It is essential to get yourself into the professional world outside of school. You need to see the real world dynamics. Not acupuncture school dynamics. How do they schedule? How do they greet and say good bye to clients? Do they sell herbs? Other supplements? How do they market their practice? How do they keep track of everything?”
—Mike Sobin, Class of 2010, excerpted from The Needler, Fall 2013 issue
“Volunteering has been a great way to get on-site reinforcement of the material I'm learning at AOMA, especially in the realm of herbal knowledge. Plus, above all, it's fun!”
—Andrew Bishop, Current AOMA Student, Fall 2012 cohort