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SEARHC hosts summer internship program for Natives

SITKA, Feb. 27, 2012 — Applications are available for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Summer Internship Program, which provides work experience for Alaska Native/American Indian students pursuing careers in health care.

The SEARHC Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for six Alaska Native/American Indian students who are studying at the high school, bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree/clinical level. The program allows participants to explore career options in health care, and the interns receive valuable on-the-job training in their health care career of interest and an hourly stipend. At the end of the program, interns will receive a performance evaluation with valuable feedback from their mentor(s).

“The internships provide hands-on, real-world experience in a work setting,” SEARHC Tribal Recruitment Coordinator Jessika Beam said. “Ideally, the experience should enable participants to use their current knowledge and skills or to become better acquainted with their field of interest. SEARHC is investing in its  future workforce by providing these kinds of opportunities to students.”

To qualify for this program, students must be enrolled tribal members or descendants as certified through a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB); they must currently be enrolled in high school, college or vocational school and attending full time; and they must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

In order to apply, students must complete a SEARHC Summer Internship Application, a SEARHC job application, provide two letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, employers, tribal leaders, etc.), a copy of the student’s current resume and a copy of the student’s current college transcripts. The application deadline is Friday, May 11 (the application must be received or postmarked by this date), and the final selection of interns takes place on May 21. The internship program runs from June through September 2012.

During the program, the interns will work a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week under the supervision of a manager at a SEARHC facility. All interns will be required to submit fingerprints for a background check once selected. Although an hourly stipend is provided, interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation during the internship program. SEARHC will not provide housing and/or transportation.

Completed applications may be mailed to Jessika Beam (966-8903) at SEARHC, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 966-8527, or scanned and e-mailed to jessika.beam@searhc.org. Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at Southeast Alaska high school offices, through local tribal organizations or by going to http://searhc.org/students/college_interns.php.

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