Health Careers Summer Internship


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in health care occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth, adding more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. Health care is a diverse industry that offers many different types of career pathways ranging from nursing, imaging, rehabilitation services, information technology and much more. Along with physicians and nurses, there are many other professionals that are involved in delivering great patient care.

Since its inception in 2004, over 700 students have participated in Hawaii Pacific Health’s, Health Careers Summer Internship. This 6 week, paid internship program is designed to provide high school seniors and college students a rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the health care industry. Interns have the opportunity to learn more about hospital systems, interact with experienced health care professionals, and explore a variety of different health care professions.

Internships are offered at Hawaii Pacific Health and our network of medical centers in Hawaii, including Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center, Wilcox Medical Center, and Kauai Medical Clinic.

2018 Program

Applications for the 2018 program will be available in February. Please visit this website periodically, as updates will be posted here. Once posted, there will be direct links to the application on this page.

Testimonials from Previous Interns:

“From participating in this internship, I confirmed my interested in becoming a physician.”

“My internship was full of learning and growing, both professionally and as a student.”

“This internship has helped me get a better idea of what career I want to pursue and what part of the health care field I fit in. I feel better prepared to make an educated decision about my career path, now that I understand what working in various departments are like.”

“I made a lot of connections with people who could help me and answer my questions. My interest in the medical field has been reaffirmed!”

“This internship provided my with an amazing opportunity to learn about and experience aspects of the medical field that I had not been exposed to before.”

“Before the internship, my goal was “I want to become a Physician Assistant”. While that is still my goal, another goal that I have for myself is “In the future, I want to work at a place like Hawaii Pacific Health.” The warm atmosphere made me excited to return every day for my internship and I hope that after I’m done with my education, I can return as an employee.”

“Whenever you think of medicine and health care, you think of doctors and nurses caring for patients on the med-surg floors. However, being assigned to the Business Intelligence Department opened my eyes as to how much more there is to medicine!”

“The Hawaii Pacific Health, Health Careers Summer Internship is an invaluable experience for anyone considering a career in health care. Being able to spend 6 weeks working in a hospital allowed me to get a better perspective on my future career.”