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Internships and Volunteer Opportunities for High School and Pre-Nursing Students

Updated August 29, 2022 · 6 Min Read

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities for High School and Pre-Nursing Students
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This guide provides information and state-by-state listings of healthcare and nursing programs for high school and pre-nursing students. For students interested in learning about healthcare careers and work environments, these programs offer an inside look at health professional jobs, including nurses.

Through these opportunities, teens can gain valuable information prior to applying to nursing school, along with work experience that enhances their college applications. Most positions take place in nonclinical settings, as clinical rotations do not happen until nursing school. Prior to that time, students must adhere to limitations imposed by their unlicensed status. Regardless, students still experience ample opportunities to observe what nurses and other practitioners do in the workforce.

While not all of the listings specify high school nursing programs, volunteers, interns, and fellows typically interact with nurses. Even general healthcare volunteer positions offer explorations of nursing and other professions.

Popular Types of Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteering

    The largest number of opportunities for high school students involve volunteer positions, either as part of a summer program or as year-round community volunteers. Most hospitals welcome teen volunteers to perform duties that tend to be nonclinical in nature, such as assisting staff, visiting patients, and providing information to visitors.

  • Internships

    Nursing internships for high school students typically require junior or senior status. Internships can involve more patient care and responsibility under supervision of a nurse or other practitioner. Some hospitals and medical centers offer summer residential internships and college scholarships.

  • Shadowing

    Job shadowing programs offer students the chance to follow a nurse or other health professional on their regular shift for a set time period (e.g., half day, full day, or 24 hours). These opportunities are generally "hands-off" while students just observe.

  • Summer Camps

    Camps may involve volunteering, group activities, and presentations. They take place over 1-2 weeks and focus on letting students explore different career options in healthcare.

  • Research Internships

    Students with an interest in nursing or health research pair with a researcher on a project, attend classroom or informational sessions, and learn about specific research areas, such as cancer, diabetes, and other diseases and conditions.

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities Near Me


*Please note that some opportunities may be temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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