Health Career Internship Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't have transportation?

We know transportation can be a significant barrier for some students. In the past, students have used public transportation and carpooling to address this issue.  Also, we make every effort to minimize travel to multiple locations during the semester.  If transportation will be an issue for you, please contact us as soon as possible.  There is good news! We received a grant to assist students with transportation to health career related programs! Email us for more information.

Do I get to pick my schedule?

You will  asked to provide your availability to us in the forms packet, and we do our best to accommodate schedules of those accepted into the program.  Most placement rotations take place between the hours of 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday - Friday.  Your assignment will be 2.5 hours, 2 times per week.  Evening and weekend placements may be considered, but only if we have available sites. 

Students who request Spectrum Health – Medical Explorers, must commit to a timeframe of 2:30 pm-5:00 pm on Tuesday/Thursday. No exceptions.

Do I get to choose the places where I will be visiting?

You will provide your health career interest area and preferred placement sites in the online application. We do our very best in placing interns in locations/departments that match their interests, however, we can't guarantee it. 

In this program, we intentionally offer a wide variety of experiences to help you learn more about health careers and your own interests. You may be exposed to health careers you haven't considered before, and we encourage you to keep an open mind throughout the semester. 

Again, if you select Spectrum Health - Medical Explorers, you must be available from 2:30 pm - 5:00 PM on Tuesdays/Thursdays.

Why is there so much paperwork?

As patient privacy legislation (HIPAA) has moved forward, more and more health care settings are limiting the number of opportunities for young people to explore health careers in clinical settings.  The Health Career Internship has been able to maintain this wonderful opportunity by ensuring that our students are properly screened and prepared to enter the hospitals and other clinical work sites.  By completing all the required forms, training modules, and immunizations, we are making sure you will be safe and prepared to enter the workplace.

Can I get credit for this internship?

Maybe.  Some schools offer classroom credit for students that complete the requirements of the Health Career Internship.  You will need to speak directly with your guidance counselor to see if your school offers credit.  Even without earning credit, the Health Career Internship is a wonderful career exploration opportunity and will provide you valuable experiences, career knowledge and a chance to meet real professionals in the health care industry!

What happens if I am unable to finish the semester?

Hospitals and clinical settings volunteer significant time and energy into making this a valuable experience for students. We don’t want to jeopardize our relationships with these organizations by placing students who cannot commit to the entire semester. However, we know that sometimes unforeseeable circumstances can impact your commitments. BEFORE YOU APPLY, it is important to carefully consider your career interests, school schedule, and current extracurricular activities (sports, job, clubs, church, etc.) to determine if you actually have time to participate in this program. Please only apply if you can commit to the entire semester/trimester.

If you are taking the internship for credit, and do not complete the requirements, you will forfeit the credits.

Will my child be safe?

The safety of your student is of utmost importance to the KISD's Health Career Internship Program. As a reminder, your student will not have direct contact with patients. This is an observation program.   While healthcare facilities have inherent risks (exposure to bacteria, viruses, blood, etc.) we have taken measures to protect your student and the patients from additional risk by requiring current immunizations, TB tests, and the flu vaccine.  Additional workplace safety will be addressed at the mandatory KISD orientation, in addition to the 4 online training modules that will be required as part of the program requirements. 

Upcoming Events

August 28
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Aug 28
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
September 25
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Sep 25
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
October 12
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Teachers IN Industry
Oct 12
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Teachers in Industry is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about local employers and community organizations through on-site visits and presentations. Call the PD Hub at 365-2235 for questions about registration.
October 23
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Oct 23
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
November 1 - November 2
STEM Network
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
STEM Network
Nov 1 - Nov 2
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Connect. Explore. Achieve. This two-day, interactive experience will give you the opportunity to explore how area businesses use your content areas in industry. Draw connections between what you've seen and how you can teach your standards. Develop relevant, real world lessons you can use with your students to help them achieve success. Use group dynamics with like-minded teachers to build engaging content tied to the world of work. Come see what other districts are doing in STEM and imagine what the future can hold for your students. A portion of each event will involve a trip to a local business to observe and glean inspiration from current business practices. Two meetings are planned for the 17-18 SY with dates to be announced. Outcomes will include: Educators will discover resources that can be used in their classroom(s) Educators are part of a support system that encourages use of discovered resources Educators consistently connect their classroom content to the world of work; answering the question, "When am I ever going to use this?" Sign Up at the Kent ISD PD Hub: https://reg.abcsignup.com/view/cal4a.aspx?ek=&ref=&aa=&sid1=&sid2=&as=1&wp=4&tz=&ms=&nav=&cc=&cat1=&cat2=&cat3=&aid=KISD&rf=