Nursing Internship Program
The Nursing Internship Program is an initiative sponsored by Independence and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation).
The Nursing Internship Program is a paid internship designed for undergraduate nursing students who seek to understand non-traditional roles in nursing. By placing undergraduate nursing students in community health centers or in a health care administration setting, coupled with enriching leadership-building, the Nursing Internship Program provides a unique experiential learning opportunity and a path forward for the next generation of public health nurses.
Two unique student Nursing Internship Program opportunities are offered through this program.
Nursing internships at Independence
Bridging the gap between the clinical setting and the practice of health care administration
Student nurse interns placed at Independence get a behind-the-scenes look at how managed health care works in a business setting. They 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 well-being, and health informatics, and they acquire an in-depth understanding of the policies and practices of a health insurance company.
Nursing internships at community health centers
Exploring the challenges and rewards of public health and providing care to underserved populations
Student nurse interns are assigned to area nonprofit, privately funded, community health centers to gain practical clinical experience. These health centers 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 health center.
The 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 Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.
Key program details
All internships are paid, temporary positions and selected interns must be available to work the entire ten-week timeframe, up to 37.5 hours per week. All nurse interns will also attend professional development Leadership Labs and complete a research project throughout the ten-week summer program to build core competencies such as leadership, public speaking, critical thinking, and networking.
2020 program dates
- Application period for 2020: November 18, 2019 – January 10, 2020
- Program start date: June 15, 2020
- Program end date: August 7, 2020
How to apply
Nursing internships at Independence:
Applications for nursing internship positions at Independence are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on next year’s program.
Nursing internships at community health centers:
Applications for nursing internship positions at community health centers are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on next year’s program.
For more information, please contact Zaynah.Henry@ibx.com.