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GROWTH Internship Program

Guided Real World Orientation and Work Training at the Hospital Program

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The internship program began in 2020 as a response to provide more access and opportunities in clinical and other hospital positions for youth, in order to increase diversity across our organization. The program objective is to work toward building a healthcare career pipeline with the communities of Benton Harbor and Niles, while helping students develop a diverse set of skills for the healthcare workforce. The seven-week program includes a combination of guided real-world experience and work training at the hospital.

Students should be dependable, punctual, enthusiastic to learn, willing to collaborate, and have a positive attitude. The program runs Monday through Friday. Students will be paid $15 per hour during internship hours.




  • Must be 16 to 19 years old
  • Reside in Benton Harbor or Niles, attend a Benton Harbor or Niles area high school, or attend a school of choice while living in Benton Harbor or Niles
  • Verify and provide a copy of the following documents:
    • Driver's license, state identification card, or school identification card
    • Social Security card (unrestricted)
    • U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, or permanent resident card
    • COVID-19 vaccine card

Three internship types

  • Clinical: examples include nursing, respiratory, physical, speech and occupational therapy, clinical education, radiology and diagnostic imaging, Lakeland University, outpatient physical therapy, Lakeland rehabilitation, pediatrics, orthopedic and neurological care, St. Joseph Birthplace, emergency department, cardiac telemetry, medical surgical and medical oncology, Caring Circle, postsurgical, behavioral health, Watervliet rehabilitation
  • Non-clinical professional: examples include human resources, diversity equity inclusion, population health, evaluation
  • Non-clinical service spaces: examples include safety and security, nutrition services, call care: answering service, call center: hospital operator, patient transport 

Desired outcomes for participants

  • Identify and work toward personal goals with the support
  • Have a plan before graduating high school
  • Gain teamwork skills and emotional intelligence
  • Improved presentation and communication skills
  • Exposure to careers within the healthcare industry
  • Continue to be curious about various roles within healthcare

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