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Sanford Health offers both clinical and non-clinical internships throughout the year, providing mentoring, professional development and growth opportunities to students interested in a variety of health care careers. As the largest employer in the Dakotas, and one of the largest health care systems in the nation, we offer exciting opportunities to gain real world experience and build useful skills to prepare you for the future.

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    Nursing students who have completed their third year of a baccalaureate nursing program and a minimum of two semesters of clinical experience are encouraged to consider the Summer Nurse Internship Program. Summer nurse interns gain hands-on experience, expanding their clinical skills and knowledge in a variety of care settings.

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    Art encourages wellness through creativity, the arts and art activities. This internship opportunity teaches students what it means to work in a health care setting, as well as how artistic talents can impact patient and family experiences in a clinical environment.

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    Child life internships are designed to introduce students to the role of a child life specialist in a variety of pediatric health care settings. Experiences can include inpatient and outpatient settings with the opportunity for students to apply knowledge and techniques when working alongside certified child life specialists as a part of the care team.

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    The medical laboratory science programs provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to pursue a career as a clinical laboratory scientist. Each program consists of a combination of didactic classroom instruction and hands-on clinical laboratory training using the latest technologies.

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    The pharmacy residency programs offer residents the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills while serving as part of an interdisciplinary team. Residents work with a variety of patient populations and have the ability to gain valuable leadership and training experience.

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    Sanford Health offers a variety of training options in radiologic technology. Students gain experience through didactic classroom instruction and clinical training in all areas of diagnostic radiology. A variety of professional positions await students upon completion of the programs in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

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    Through extensive didactic and clinical instruction, Sanford Health sonography program students develop the skills necessary to become successful registered sonographers. Students engage in pediatric and adult echocardiography, as well as general and vascular sonography coursework. They can also explore other areas of interest.

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    All non-clinical internships are 12-week paid programs that are open to current undergraduate college juniors, seniors and recent graduates with a record of outstanding academic achievement and leadership abilities. Each intern works 20-32 hours a week during the fall and spring session or 32-40 hours a week during the summer session. Sessions follow the fall, spring and summer academic semesters with a maximum of 400 hours per session. All non-clinical internships offer flexible scheduling, which will be agreed on by the intern and mentor they are paired with.

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    Administrative interns assist in the completion of projects and administrative duties and gain exposure to the responsibilities of a health care administrator. Here, you will work collaboratively with organization leadership, enhancing knowledge and skills and improving the delivery of quality healthcare.

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    Finance supports the operational and strategic plans driving Sanford Health’s performance through financial planning, budgeting, accounting, audit, tax, treasury, accounts payable and more. Finance internships provide hands-on experiences with these services within a large integrated health system.

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    The marketing department works to elevate the Sanford Health brand and drive business outcomes in coordination with enterprise and regional objectives. There are a variety of disciplines for interns to experience, ranging from strategy and events to research, writing and graphic design.

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    In the human resources department, interns have the opportunity to practice a variety of responsibilities including completing pre- and post-offer administrative tasks, preparing job postings and conducting intake sessions. Engaging with each area provides interns with a well-rounded, holistic experience.

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    IT interns collaborate with IT departmental associates and management to gain exposure to the many roles and responsibilities of Sanford’s IT department. Interns work with application project management and systems support to contribute to Sanford operations and processes while obtaining first hand experiences that align with the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

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    Supply chain management supports the operational and strategic plans driving Sanford Health’s performance through sourcing, coordinating, transporting and delivering supplies across the enterprise. Interns advance their understanding of opportunities in the supply chain management profession and grow their skills and abilities.

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    Interns work with teams to ensure organizational compliance and analysis of risk and emergency management programs. Interns also gain experience with the legal and policy management aspects of healthcare. This is a well-rounded internship experience where interns work closely with others and experience high caliber partnerships at work.

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    Sanford Health offers a variety of wellness internship opportunities. Power program interns work closely with strength and conditioning coaches to develop all types of programming from exercise progressions and lifting techniques to agility drills, while learning from physical therapists, athletic trainers, sports nutritionists and biomechanists. Wellness Center and Pentagon interns are invited to learn various aspects of the business in a hands-on role, including operations, programs, events, and more.

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    Sanford Health has partnered with many schools across the Midwest to financially support students in achieving their career goals. For select, high-demand health care professions, financial assistance will be available at participating schools to support tuition and other expenses in exchange for a specified work commitment at Sanford Health.

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    If you are looking to pursue your post-secondary education in health care or are a family member of a Sanford employee, then Sanford Health offers several scholarship opportunities. After you’ve applied, if chosen you’ll be provided financial aid to put toward your college education.

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    Sanford Health supports lifelong learning and will provide financial support for continuing education that will develop or increase our employee’s competence in their current positions or enhance their career pathway at Sanford Health.

Internship Experiences

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Haley Pollock

Sanford Health Foundation Intern

“I would absolutely recommend an internship at Sanford Health. My internship was about helping others, not about being a corporation.”

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Chad Curry

Marketing Intern

"I felt lucky to be paired with 2 great mentors during my internship that came from various backgrounds and experiences."

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Hannah Schnepf

Office of Continuous Improvement Intern

"I always felt like I was interested, involved, and left feeling very confident in the major I was going into knowing this could be a future path for me."

Sanford Health News

Health care contest draws hundreds of students to Pentagon

More than 750 aspiring health care workers from across South Dakota gathered.

LPN sponsorships cover tuition and help workforce

Sanford Health program pays for students' LPN degree in exchange for a two-year work commitment.

Sanford Health’s internship program reaches record numbers

While Sanford Health's internship program started with a focus on nurses, it has since expanded to include nonclinical areas.

ND’s only sonography training program receives accreditation

The job market for sonographers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.