Frequently Asked QuestionsNursing Internship Program
If I am enrolled in an accredited nursing program that is not one of the area nursing programs in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia county, but my permanent residence is in southeastern Pennsylvania, am I eligible to apply?
How long is the Nursing Internship Program?
This is a temporary, ten-week summer program that begins with a full day orientation on Monday, June 6, and concludes on Friday, August 12, 2016.
Is this a paid program?
Yes, student nurse internships are paid, temporary positions. Participants selected to be part of the program will be paid an hourly rate. Please note that nurse interns are not eligible to receive any benefits and will not be paid for any vacation, holidays, or sick time taken during the course of the ten-week program.
Work schedules for community health center internships will vary depending on each clinic's hours of operation.
When is the deadline to apply for the Nursing Internship Program?
The deadline to apply online for the 2016 Nursing Internship Program is 2016 Nursing Internship Program is February 12, 2016.
What are the eligibility requirements to apply for the Nursing Internship Program?
To be considered for the Nursing Internship Program, you must:
- be an undergraduate nursing student who is currently enrolled in one of the accredited nursing programs in southeastern Pennsylvania supported by the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow initiative;
- be a junior or senior (or program equivalent)
- have completed at least one clinical rotation prior to April 30, 2016;
- be in and maintain good academic standing during the program;
- be available to attend orientation and work the entire ten-week timeframe (June 6 — August 12, 2016)
- you cannot be enrolled in any summer day classes or have a week(s) vacation scheduled during this timeframe.
If I already graduated or will be graduating before the start of the 2016 Nursing Internship Program, am I still eligible to apply?
The Nursing Internship Program is open only to undergraduate nursing students currently enrolled in one of the accredited nursing programs in southeastern Pennsylvania supported by the IBC Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.
If you have already graduated or will graduate before June 1, 2016, you will not be eligible to participate in this program.
The Nursing Internship Program is a temporary developmental opportunity designed to complement the skill and experience levels of undergraduate nursing students with some clinical experience, who have not yet completed their undergraduate nursing education. To ensure the greatest benefit to all participants, the program is open only to current undergraduate nursing students with appropriate skill level and experience.
If I am enrolled in an accredited nursing program that is not one of the area nursing programs in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia county, but my permanent residence is in southeastern Pennsylvania, am I eligible to apply?
Not at the present time.
The Nursing Internship Program is currently open only to undergraduate nursing students who presently attend one of the accredited nursing programs located in southeastern Pennsylvania supported by the IBC Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.
View the list of nursing programs supported by the IBC Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.
What do you look for in an applicant?
Undergraduate nursing student applications are reviewed and matched to internship assignment requests submitted by management at Independence and local community health center clinics. Students selected by the requesting manager or clinic will be scheduled for an interview.
In assessing an applicant’s qualifications, some of the major areas of consideration include, but are not limited to:
- classes and clinical rotations completed;
- student résumé and volunteer activities;
- availability to attend the entire ten weeks.
When will interviews be conducted?
Interviews will be conducted over the course of several months following the application deadline of February 12, 2016. If you are selected to be interviewed for an internship, you will be contacted prior to April 8, 2016.
When can I expect to be notified regarding the status of my application?
While we thoroughly review every application/résumé that is submitted, due to the large volume of applications received, we do not have the resources to follow up directly with every applicant.
If you are selected to interview for an internship, you will be contacted prior to April 8, 2016.
If extended an offer to be a student nurse intern, students must follow the Independence Blue Cross hiring process, which includes criminal background check. Offers may be withdrawn for any candidate who fails to successfully complete the screening process.
Still have questions?
If you have additional questions, please contact us.