Placement Locations

You May Request Placement Preferences On The Application.  We Make Every Effort To Place You In Your First Choice, However, We Cannot Guarantee It.

Mercy Health - St.Mary's

Students are assigned to three clinical areas for their internship experience, based on career interest, as much as possible. Areas utilized include cardiac intermediate, emergency medicine, family medicine/outpatient, physical therapy, neurological science, oncology, orthopedics, postpartum / newborn nursery, primary care clinics, respiratory and urgent care.

Mercy Health's off-site placement locations are also available, but not limited to: 

  • Browning Claytor Clinic - 1246 Madison SE, Grand Rapids, 49507
  • Clinica Santa Maria - 730 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, 49503 (bilingual)
  • Sparta Family Health Center - 475 South State Street, Sparta, 49345
  • Urgent Care East Beltline - 1471 East Beltline, Grand Rapids, 49525

Spectrum Health - Medical Explorers

Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
**(request only if you are able to get an early release from your high school. You must be on-site by 2:25 PM)

Students rotate through a variety of departments within Spectrum Health. Departments/areas utilized include acute care of the elderly, care management, medsurg, internal medicine, neuroscience, pediatrics, pharmacy, radiology, respiratory care, and urgent care. Medical Explorers also participate in 4-5 tours, including AeroMed, Blodgett Morgue, GVSU Simulation Lab and more.

Although most experiences take place at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, some occur at other locations.

Spectrum off-site campus locations are also available, but not limited to:

  • Blodgett Hospital / Acute Care of Elderly: 1840 Wealthy SE, GR, 49506
  • Continuing Care facility: 4118 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, 49508
  • Urgent Care: 5378 Plainfield Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, 49525

Other Placements

Meadowlark - Sparta 
Meadowlark Retirement Village offers an environment where residents can chose a variety of options from Residential Living to Assisted Living services. Students will have the opportunity to interact in activities that will promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual support for the residents.

Porter Hills - Grand Rapids
Porter Hills serves the aging population and offers a variety of choices that include residential living, assisted living, or a full continuum of care with Alzheimer / dementia care and skilled nursing. Students will have the opportunity to rotate through a wide variety of these service areas.

Spectrum Health Pennock - Hastings 
Pennock Hospital is a short term acute care hospital.  Student observations are coordinated by the Education Development Coordinator and may consist of rotations through Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory, Laboratory, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Radiology (Imaging), and Rehabilitation. Nursing observations will also be available. 

Dental / Orthodontic Offices and Rehabilitation Services (Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/ Speech) are available upon request.

Reminder: Transportation to and from placement sites is the responsibility of the student. 
FREE transportation may be available if needed.  Please contact Krista Harmon @ 616-365-2369 or for details.
If you have a connection at a medical site, or have a special interest, please communicate this with the Career Exploration Consultant . We try to develop new placement sites as requested.

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.