Application Process Now Open
The 2016 Nursing Internship Program application process will be available starting January 1, 2016. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2016.
Nursing Internship Program
The Nursing Internship Program is an initiative sponsored by both Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation).
The Independence and IBC Foundation Nursing Internship Program is open to undergraduate nursing students who have completed at least one clinical rotation prior to the start of the program, and who attend an accredited nursing program in southeastern Pennsylvania supported by the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.
Two unique student nursing internship opportunities are offered through this program. One is for nursing students who would like to gain experience in a health care administration / insurance setting; the other is for nursing students interested in exploring the field of public health by interning onsite at a community health center clinic in southeastern Pennsylvania supported by the IBC Foundation Blue Safety Net program.
- Nursing internships at Independence — Bridging the gap between the clinical setting and the practice of health care administration
Sponsored by Independence, student nurse interns get a behind-the-scenes look at how managed health care works in a business setting. They will gain a new perspective on the multitude of roles that nurses play in health care administration, including case management, medical policy, quality management, health and wellness, and health informatics, and they will acquire an in-depth understanding of the policies and practices of a health insurance company.
- Nursing internships at community health center clinics — Exploring the challenges and rewards of public health and providing care to underserved populations
Sponsored by the IBC Foundation, student nurse interns assigned to a community health center clinic gain practical clinical experience at area nonprofit, privately funded, community health clinics. These clinics provide free or low-cost care to medically underserved communities throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and have received support through the IBC Foundation Blue Safety Net initiative. Student nurse interns must assist under the direct supervision of nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs), nurse practitioners, or physicians on site at the clinic.
This is a ten-week summer program that begins on Monday, June 6, and concludes on Friday, August 12, 2016. Selected interns are required to attend a full day orientation on Monday, June 6, 2016. All internships are paid, temporary positions — Monday through Friday. 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.
If extended an offer to be a student nurse intern, students must follow the Independence hiring process, which includes a criminal background check. Offers may be withdrawn for any candidate who fails to successfully complete all aspects of the screening process.
In order to be eligible to participate in the Nursing Internship Program, applicants must be in good academic standing during this period and currently enrolled in one of the accredited undergraduate nursing programs located in southeastern Pennsylvania supported by the IBC Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow initiative. The student must be available to attend orientation and work the entire ten-week timeframe (June 6, 2016 – August 12, 2016) and cannot be enrolled in any summer day classes or have a week(s) vacation scheduled during this timeframe.