Summer Internships for High School Students Interested in Health

Project H.O.P.E. offers paid summer internships for high school students interested in exploring a variety of careers in the health care field. The internships are up to six weeks in length for 20 hours per week.

How Students Can Become an Intern

  • Students can complete an online application available through Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, (See website for official details.)
  • The application process is all electronic. Your information will be entered into the website, and all other materials will be submitted via upload. Due to limited positions, the application process is very competitive. Applications will be available in January of each year.
  • Students must be at least 16 years old, have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0, comply with state workplace requirements, and undergo a Washington State Patrol background check.
  • Interns are paid $1,150 for successful completion of the entire internship. Efforts are made to identify health care facilities within easy commute distance from the intern’s home.

For more information, contact Robyn Takamine at or (509) 828-1368.

How Organizations Can Host Interns

  • The health care facility agrees to host the student for 20 hours per week for the 4-6 week internship timeframe. Students observe procedures, round with doctors and nurses, and experience what it is like to work in a health care facility. Liability insurance for the student is provided by the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center. Project H.O.P.E. interns receive a stipend from AHEC for successful completion of the program.
  • Internship sites in your community provide the opportunity to expose high school students to a broad array of health care careers. Sites will receive information about a student’s career interest areas and will be asked to provide as much experience in those areas as possible.
  • A site coordinator will work with the student intern. Your facility is encouraged to provide as much opportunity as possible for observation of diagnostic and clinical areas of care. Coordinators will participate in an orientation and will receive a manual, which includes evaluation forms and copies of student materials.

For more information, visit or contact Krista Loney at (509) 828-1381 or

About Project H.O.P.E.

Health Occupation Preparatory Experience (H.O.P.E.) is part of the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center (EWAHEC), which promotes health and wellness for underserved and at-risk population through research, education and community development.