High School Summer Internship Program
The high school summer internship program at Regional West Health Services is a nine-week program in which high school students in their sophomore through senior year work 20 hours per week rotating through various departments, both clinical and non-clinical, gaining firsthand experience of the healthcare delivery system in its entirety. The program is designed to provide Regional West interns a broad and rigorous experience in the delivery of healthcare, so they choose to seek a rewarding career in the healthcare field of their choice.
This internship is a paid, temporary, part-time employed position for students who have completed their sophomore through senior of high school as of June 2020. Interns will be employees of Regional West Health Services, work part-time (20 hours per week), and are paid a reasonable fair market wage. Attendance at all orientation and Service Excellence training sessions is mandatory. Applications will be accepted March 1 through March 15, 2020. Interviews will be conducted with a team of leaders from Regional West Medical Center in April 2020. Upon completion of the program, each intern will present a capstone project. The internship runs from June 1 through July 31, 2020.
All summer interns will rotate through various departments and units, both clinical and non-clinical. Examples may include but are not limited to: out-patient clinics, Acute Rehabilitation, Human Resources, Environmental Services, Emergency Medicine, nursing units, Facilities Management, Finance, Food Service, Imaging Services, Home Care, Rehabilitation (outpatient and inpatient) and Surgery. Interns will perform a variety of functions, including hands-on work, special projects, group activities, and shadowing in areas of clinical care. Rotating through departments allows the intern to experience a wide variety of skills within the health care system. Additionally, interns will learn how all areas of the hospital impact the patient experience at Regional West.
Each intern will be paired with a mentor from within the Medical Center or Physicians Clinic. Interns and their mentors will meet routinely for updates, education, and to provide support throughout the nine-week experience.
At the conclusion of the summer intern’s experience, each intern (as part of the group) will present a capstone project to a designated selection of Regional West leaders. The capstone project is a presentation of their intern experience, along with details of how the internship has shaped or crafted the direction he or she may choose to go following high school. There will also be a celebration of their accomplishment.
All applicants must apply online via the online application.
The following requirements must be uploaded to each application to be considered for employment as an intern:
2. Cover letter
4. Essay – Upload an essay (one page or less; more than one page will cause a reduction in points), answering one of the following questions:
- What area of healthcare is of most interest to you and why?
- Describe the benefit this internship will provide you both personally and professionally.
5. Current high school GPA (be prepared to provide proof of transcripts if requested)
6. Two reference letters evaluating the prospective intern’s work ethic, maturity, and responsibility.
Acceptance into the summer internship program is competitive. Please ensure that all required documents are present when applying to prevent being disqualified. Consideration will be given to those meeting all requirements, a willingness to commit to the summer program, and a demonstrated desire to work in the healthcare field. Additionally, leadership qualities will be evaluated.
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