Health Career Immersion Program

Kent Intermediate School District is proud of the opportunities the Health Career Immersion program provides high school seniors. This job shadow experience allows students to explore a wide variety of health careers by observing health professionals while they work.

Students in the Health Career Immersion are placed in sites around Kent County. Following are examples of sites that may be part of this job shadow experience:

  • Mercy Health - St. Mary's Campus
  • Spectrum Health facilities
  • Pennock Health Care
  • Private offices
  • Free standing clinic settings

Each site will provide exposure to a variety of careers available in the health industry.

Immersion Details

  • Students will be able to observe health career professionals in the workplace! This is an excellent career exploration activity and results in students being more informed and confident in their career decisions.
  • This career exploration opportunity is for senior high school students in Kent County.
  • This commitment is approximately 15 weeks for a semester and 11 weeks for a trimester.
  • The typical schedule is 2 days a week for 2.5 hours a day (total of 5 hours a week).
  • Students must arrange their own transportation to and from the placement sites ** Free transportation may be available!   Contact us for details!
  • ​Students may request their preferred health care facility on the application. We make every effort to honor student preferences, but due to availability, not all requests can be guaranteed. More information about placement sites.
  • Some high schools grant classroom credit. Please check with your high school counselor for details.
  •  A Parent/guardian must must attend a mandatory Kent ISD orientation. 
  • FAQ - Frequently asked Questions

Following The Application

Within 2 weeks of the application deadline, students will be contacted on the status of their acceptance into the Health Careers Immersion program.
Please note: Based on the number of applicants, all students may not be admitted into the program. 

If accepted, completion of 3 online training modules will be required prior to the IMMERSION start date. Instructions will be provided via email.

Topics include: Bloodborne Pathogens, HIPAA, Sexual Harrassment and CPR​

A TB test and current Influenza vaccination will also be required to participate.

All students will be expected to attend two mandatory orientations. One will be a hospital based orientation and the second will be at the Kent Intermediate School District. 

Application Information

The application period for Fall 2017 has now closed.
Applications for the Winter/Spring 2018 semester will open on October 15. Deadline will be December 1, 2017.


The Winter/Spring 2015 Health Career Immersion students

Immersion students learning about the use of manikins at the GVSU Simulation Lab


Upcoming Events

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
October 3
Talk & Tour Career Series: Bio Medical Engineering
6:00 PM
MedBio 5346 36th Street Southeast
Talk & Tour Career Series: Bio Medical Engineering
Oct 3
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
MedBio 5346 36th Street Southeast
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
October 10
State of MI Online STEM Network
8:00 PM
State of MI Online STEM Network
Oct 10
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Calling all STEM Teachers - Join Michigan's NEW STEM Teacher Network The STEM Teacher Network is a community-driven PLC that connects STEM instructors across Michigan. Members can interact through our online community or join in on our monthly live online meetings. Each meeting will focus on a specific topic (such as free resources, class routines, or fundraising) and will feature a panel of fellow STEM teachers who are knowledgeable about that particular topic. Our first online meeting will be Tuesday, October 10 @ 8p Live sessions will continue on the second Tuesday of each month. Sign up here to receive the latest updates including an invitation to join our online community. Is this network for me? The STEM Teacher Network is open to any educator or administrator, but our focus is on supporting the work of integrated STEM teachers in grades K-12. You may be especially interested in joining our group if you are: a K-8 STEM “specials” teacher, a high school teacher with a passion for cross-curricular project-based learning, or a CTE instructor in a STEM-related field.
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 21
Girls Rock IT -- Hands on Tech Event
8:30 AM
Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Girls Rock IT -- Hands on Tech Event
Oct 21
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Girls in grades 4-8 will be given opportunities for hands-on experiments led by some of the area's leading computer and information technology experts. Please join us for breakfast and information session about the expanding world of technology careers as students learn a variety of technology skills as they rotate through different sessions. Learn More and sign up at this link.