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Paid High School Internship Opportunity at CentraCare - Redwood

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CentraCare - Redwood is pleased to partner with Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council to offer up to two paid high school internship opportunities for the summer of 2024.

The CentraCare - Redwood Student Healthcare Career Exploration Program is a collaborative endeavor between CentraCare - Redwood and Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (SWMNPIC) to bring students and employers together and give high school students experience in a healthcare environment.

During the summer of 2024, CentraCare - Redwood will support up to 2 students for 10-12 weeks for 20 hours per week who are looking to learn more about healthcare and begin a career journey in a health care facility.

Students must meet the qualifications set by SWMNPIC, where they will be employed through. This includes being a resident of SWMNPIC's service area.

Internship opportunities for students encompass a diverse array of responsibilities, including registration and scheduling, sterilizing instruments, replenishing exam rooms, escorting patients, and performing clerical tasks. Students will have the opportunity to observe various departmental activities and engage in tasks tailored to their interest across multiple departments.

Student experiences may include:

  • Medical imaging
  • Therapies (physical, occupational, speech, and athletic training)
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, scribes, and patient access)
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Nursing
  • Surgical services
  • Hospice and Home Care
  • Optical
  • Patient access
  • Dietitian
  • Social Work
  • Laboratory
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

"CentraCare Redwood has a rich history of supporting career pathway programs for students," said Carnie Allex, CentraCare - Redwood President. "Our professional staff have shown their excitement and interest in serving as mentors to ensure students are provided the support needed to experience and investigate career paths, ultimately with the hope to ensure they are prepared to take the next step in their career journey.

This mentorship goes beyond the competencies of a workday in healthcare and is focused on ensuring that students have the experience and information needed to make decisions about their future education and career options."

"Impactful encounters with healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, athletic trainers, and radiologic technicians often drive young individuals towards healthcare careers," said Karl Nohner, CentraCare Workforce Development Program Manager. "Rural healthcare experiences provide enhanced learning opportunities, particularly within smaller rural communities where the connections become personal relationships that students can benefit from throughout their life.

Through the power of relationships, CentraCare believes in the potential for individuals to thrive, contribute, and find fulfilling health careers in their own backyards."

The Summer Career Exploration Program is aligned with CentraCare's mission and values and encapsulated in our purpose statement: "We are here to listen then serve, guide and heal, because health means everything."

Students will be interviewed and hired by Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council. Interested students can contact Maria at 507-829-8168 to see if they qualify.