Minnesota Hospital Association

Policy & Advocacy

Summer Health Care Internship Program

The Summer Health Care Internship Program (SHCIP) is a program administered by the Minnesota Hospital Association on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health.

The program brings students and employers together to give students experience in a health care environment. Participating organizations employ students between Memorial Day and Labor Day for six to 12 weeks and pay them at least minimum wage. Up to half of the intern’s hourly wages are reimbursed through the program. In 2017, the SHCIP provided 228 students with 60,404 hours of internship experience in 51 hospitals, clinics and long-term care organizations.


What kind of experience will I receive?

You may work in only one department or rotate through various departments. You are not expected to perform duties not associated with the health care industry such as mowing lawns or general maintenance.

Am I eligible?

You must have completed either your junior or senior year of high school in Minnesota and must intend to complete graduation requirements. Or, you must be a post-secondary student enrolled in a Minnesota educational institution or be a resident of Minnesota enrolled in an out-of-state program. Post-secondary students must be enrolled (but not graduating in 2018) in a two- or four-year health care degree program with the intention of completing the program.

I'm interested in participating, who do I contact?

See this list of participating employers. (Final update 04/16/2018)

Please see this brochure for further information.


What is the Summer Health Care Internship Program?

This program brings students and healthcare employers together, giving students experience in a healthcare environment and employers the opportunity to become more involved in their community by encouraging student to chose healthcare careers.

Participating Minnesota hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, home care providers and adult day programs employ students between Memorial Day and Labor Day for 6 to 12 weeks for at least minimum wage; up to half of the intern's hourly wages will be reimbursed.

How can employers participate?

Any Minnesota hospital, clinic, nursing facility, home care provider or adult day program can participate in the SHCIP. The employer application is closed.

Upon the April 13, 2018 deadline, all organization’s applications are reviewed for that year’s reimbursement allowances — these are determined via application numbers, student numbers and student hours requested, if possible, all qualifying applicants will be granted at least one student. Qualifying employers will receive grant agreements from MHA by April 27, 2018, which must be signed and returned to MHA by May 14, 2018. Reimbursement will be based on up to half the intern’s hourly wage. 

Please see this brochure for further information.

For questions about the program, contact Sarah Bohnet, MHA visual communications specialist/division assistant, 651-603-3494.

Funding for this program is provided through a contract with the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, Minnesota Department of Health.