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Summer Student Nurse
Internship Program

Program dates are Monday, June 8, to Friday, July 31, 2020.

Health First's Summer Student Nurse Internship Program provides a formal recruitment pipeline for future registered nurses. These highly competitive programs are frequently promoted within Bachelor of Science programs to increase clinical experiences while conducting a potential employer "right fit" assessment before graduation. As Health First and other practice settings aim to fulfill the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that 80 percent of the nursing workforce earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) by 2020, an internship for BSN students can be beneficial for both nursing students and potential employers. 

During the eight-week program tailored to students who have completed their junior year or equivalent, interns will have a one-to-one precepted experience with a Health First nurse. The paid student interns will participate in a professional nursing practice and clinical experiences that will prepare them for potential employment at Health First upon graduation.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this a paid internship?
Yes, interns will be paid an hourly rate for the eight-week program. Interns will be able to work up to 40 hours per week following their assigned preceptor's schedule.

Q: How do students submit applications?
Candidates can apply online for the Summer Student Nurse Internship Program at A resume, letter of recommendation from faculty and essay must be included with the application. The essay must be 250 words or less and focus on why the applicant wants to be an intern at Health First as well as how he or she can contribute to the patient experience.

Q: What are the qualifications and requirements?
To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and have completed their junior year of college by June 2020.
  • Have completed two clinical experiences in nursing school, preferably one in Medical/Surgical.
  • Hold a current American Heart Association's Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers completion card prior to start date, which must be maintained during the internship.

Q: Is housing provided for the summer student nurse intern?
Housing is not provided for participants in this program.

Q: Can candidates request to work at a specific hospital or unit?
Yes. In the application, candidates can indicate the hospital and area they prefer. The Health First hospitals participating in the internship include Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital. While every effort is made to accommodate requests, we cannot guarantee placement at a specific hospital or unit.

Q: What is the time commitment for the internship?
The dates of the internship are Monday, June 8, through Friday, July 31, 2020. During this time, program participants must commit to working full time.

Q: Will interns be able to select their schedules?
Program participants are expected to work their preceptor's schedule (up to 40 hours per week). Self-scheduling is not available. Most preceptors work 12-hour shifts, and the hours may vary based on the unit and department. Accommodations will only be made for a required summer class that has prior approval.

Q: Will interns be able to request time off?
Commitment to this eight-week program does not allow for scheduled time off.

Q: Will participants be able to gain experience with IV starts and medication administration?
No, IV starts and medication administration are not within this internship's scope of practice. Program participants will be working under the direct supervision of a nurse preceptor to provide patient care within their scope of practice. This internship will enable participants to gain communication, critical thinking, and organizational and time management skills. Participants also will be able to collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to provide evidence-based care.

Q: Why is the scope of practice limited for the summer student nurse interns?
Summer student nurse interns are not licensed associates and do not have an instructor. Interns are not covered under their university or college's affiliation agreement for liability.