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Summer Internship Program at Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Explore the dynamic world of health care and see how, together, we can help our communities thrive.

Career development


Kaiser Permanente Northwest is eager to invest in the next generation of health care leaders. Interns gain valuable on-the-job work experience, develop relationships with hiring managers, apply classroom knowledge, and gain confidence that will support career development goals. We often use our internship program as a testing ground for future full-time employees.

 

Rewarding internships are offered to qualified students in areas, including:

 

  • Business Administration and Management
  • Dental Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Hospital Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Research and Development
  • Community Health

 

Paid Opportunities


Qualified students are competitively paid based on college level and experience. To be eligible for an internship, students must fall under one of these levels:

 

Graduate Interns — Hold a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing additional education, or have graduated with a master’s degree (or PHD) within the past six months. Graduate interns work 40 hours per week.

 

Undergraduate Interns — Have completed high school or a GED and are in the process of earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Interns must have completed 31 credit hours, and must be current students or have graduated within the past six months. Undergraduate interns work either 20 or 40 hours per week.

Photograph of Max Blumenthal, Former Intern

“Interns are not only valued and respected, they are given the opportunity to further their careers by developing skills, building relationships, and providing fresh perspectives on some of health care’s most challenging issues.”

— Max Blumenthal, Former Intern

Tailored Goals


Kaiser Permanente Northwest offers students the opportunity to reach professional goals and bolster resume credentials through activities that include:

 

  • Cohort structure
  • Customized intern new employee orientation
  • Mentorship in partnership with Executive Leaders
  • Journal entries
  • Diverse recruitment
  • Project-based “real world” work experience
  • Networking and community engagement opportunities
  • Participation in multiple executive speaker series to learn about other areas of the organization, ranging from diversity and inclusion to compliance, regional administration, hospital operations, community health, and dental administration
  • Unique opportunities to tour Kaiser Permanente facilities
  • High visibility among regional leadership
  • Participation in informational interviews
  • The power to cultivate a solid professional network

Learn more and apply


Applications for the 2019 Summer Internship Program are accepted from February 11, 2019, through March 15, 2019. Internships begin in June and conclude in August for a total of 10 weeks.

 

Students are encouraged to apply to more than one internship in a field that meets professional aspirations with responsibilities and requirements that are in line with professional interests.

 

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Relationship building


Interns join a network of future leaders and embark on an experience to learn how to navigate our integrated health care system, grow communication skills and project management capabilities, and hone presentation and networking skills. Interns may be hired to work in any facility within Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region, spanning from Oregon to Southwest Washington.

 

For questions about participating in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Internship program, please contact us at KPNW-Internships@kp.org.

Photograph of Jessica Pham, Former Intern

“The program gave me the opportunity to become more involved in serving the community and our members. It pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and to take initiatives, which led to a career at Kaiser Permanente.”

— Jessica Pham, Former Intern