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Early-Career Opportunities

Build Your Success with an Industry Leader

New perspectives can lead to insightful and powerful solutions. At Kaiser Permanente, you’ll build a dynamic future with an industry leader. As you grow your future with us, you’ll build valuable skills, forge lasting relationships, and contribute to meaningful projects — all while impacting the lives of millions.

Jump start your career at Kaiser Permanente by participating in one of our dynamic early-career programs. Find an opportunity that speaks to you by exploring the options below.

IT Rotation Program

IT Rotation Program: Let Your It Career Soar

Are you ready to build something great with your career? Discover the wide range of possibilities in information technology (IT) at Kaiser Permanente. You'll gain diverse technical skills and experience as you take part in multiple teams across our IT specialties. Join the ranks of the next generation of technology experts at Kaiser Permanente. Highlights of this experience include:

  • Four, six-month rotations in various teams across IT
  • Practical, hands-on experience
  • Coaching and training in a variety of technical specialties
  • Professional development
  • Mentorship and networking
Program Duration

Participants are hired as Technology Associates who progress through four, six-month rotations across Kaiser Permanente's IT organization. The program is full-time — 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week — and lasts 2 years.

Location

Rotations are currently based throughout our Bay Area office locations in Northern California and in our Southern California region.

Areas of Focus

As an associate, you'll get an inside look at the nation's leading nonprofit health plan and integrated care organization. You'll also gain experience in multiple technical disciplines that are foundational to a career in technology:

  • Big Data
  • Full Technology Stack Exposure, from Data Centers to Mobility Applications
  • Integrated Information Technology Governance
  • Solution/Software Development Lifecycle

Some examples of your rotations may include:

  • Advanced Analytics & Data Science
  • Application Management & Improvement
  • Cloud Computing & Mobile Platforms
  • Data Modeling & Database Design
  • Enterprise Systems Architecture
  • Information Security
  • Network Engineering
  • Software Development
  • Technology Vendor Evaluation & Testing
Requirements

The program is designed for professionals who are in the early phase of their career and have up to two years of work experience. You need:

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, or another technical major
  • An eagerness to learn
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • The ability to build effective working relationships
  • An interest in technology and in impacting the future of health technology

We encourage you to join our University Talent Network to learn about additional opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

Marketing & Sales Program

Marketing & Sales Program: Tomorrow's Top Strategists Start Here

Ready to set the stage for long-term career success? As a Marketing & Sales Program participant, you'll gain exposure to the tools and resources you need to excel at Kaiser Permanente. Our robust Week of Welcome (WOW) onboarding programs, offered in February and July, will give you a thorough and exciting introduction to Marketing & Sales business and culture. In addition to the Weeks of Welcome, Marketing & Sales Program participants are enrolled in a full year's worth of ongoing professional development through job shadowing, exposure to leadership and Marketing & Sales strategy, and opportunities to sharpen important skills for success. Through this engaging, educational, and interactive experience, you'll find a deep appreciation of Kaiser Permanente's common vision and shared culture.

What is the Marketing & Sales Program?

The purpose of the Marketing & Sales Program is to acquire, serve, and retain customers and members by developing and utilizing health plan capabilities that allow us to compete in a highly competitive, highly regulated, rapidly evolving health benefits marketplace.

Highlights of this experience include:

  • Marketing & Sales Leadership Welcome
  • Tools to Thrive @ Kaiser Permanente
  • MSSA Organizational Overview
  • Peer Networking
  • Hospital Tour
  • Marketing & Sales Leader Speaker Panel
  • StrengthsFinder Training

Requirements

This program is designed for candidates who possess:

  • An educational background in marketing, business, or health care administration; mathematics, statistics, economics, or finance preferred
  • Interest or experience in business development, marketing, relationship management, analytics, and more
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to solve problems and learn quickly

We encourage you to join our University Talent Network to learn about additional opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

Finance Fellowship Program

Finance Fellowship Program: Build Your Leadership Skills

Ready for an inside look at the nation's leading nonprofit health provider? Kaiser Permanente's Finance Fellowship Program is an exciting opportunity for new master's degree graduates to develop the technical, business, and leadership skills to succeed in a rewarding career with us. As a fellow in this program, you'll benefit from dedicated support, mentorship, and the ability to make meaningful professional contributions to our organization — and your future.

By program completion, you'll have attained valuable on-the-job experience through a wide variety of projects and work assignments that might include consulting with and presenting recommendations to senior leaders, implementing process improvements, and more. Highlights of this experience include:

  • The ability to make contributions to Kaiser Permanente
  • Dedicated program manager support
  • Training and other opportunities to build technical skills
  • Hands-on experience to prepare you for future leadership roles
  • Mentorship throughout each rotation
  • Networking events and ongoing exposure to experienced professionals and leaders
Program Duration & Location

Based in our offices in Oakland, CA, this two-year fellowship consists of three rotation assignments, each lasting eight months. Fellows should be willing to relocate upon program completion.

Areas of Focus

In addition to gaining an inside look into the nation's leading not-for-profit health plan, you'll participate in rotations that will give you in-depth exposure to three departments that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting
  • Controller's Team
  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Internal Audit Services
  • IT Finance
  • Medical Center Finance
  • National Facilities Services
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Regional Finance
  • SOX Program Management Office
  • Treasury
Requirements

To be eligible for the program, candidates must have:

  • Bachelor's degree in business/health care administration or related discipline OR four years of experience in a directly related field
  • Three years of prior work experience, including a minimum of two years in a consulting role
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and an interest in future leadership roles
  • Strong learning agility, flexibility, and adaptability
  • Exceptional presentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • The ability to build strong working relationships
  • A willingness to relocate upon completion of the program
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with senior leaders
Preferred Qualifications
  • Candidates in their second year of a master's degree program and expecting to graduate at the end of the spring semester
  • Health care experience or a strong interest in the health care industry
  • Three to five years of prior work experience in finance, economics, mathematics, or health care

We encourage you to join our University Talent Network to learn about additional opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

Start It Program

Start IT Program: Your It Career Is About To Take Off

Do you want to excel in your IT career? The Start IT Program provides employees with the information they need to accelerate along their career paths within Kaiser Permanente IT. The journey begins with a unique orientation experience, which helps build strong professional networks with peers and leaders. Under the guidance of an Integration Leader, employees assimilate quickly into Kaiser Permanente's unique culture and receive valuable exposure through mentoring, coaching, and development opportunities. Highlights of this experience include:

  • An engaging orientation session that provides pertinent information about working at Kaiser Permanente IT and equips employees with the resources to succeed
  • Development workshops led by HR professionals
  • Networking opportunities throughout the different IT regions
  • Exposure to IT-focused training
  • Opportunities to tour medical facilities and innovation centers
Program Duration & Location

The program is continuous, and employees are enrolled on a rolling basis when they are hired. Employees are hired in all regions throughout the year based on the department's workforce needs.

Areas of Focus

A main goal of the program is to foster relationships, inspire networking, and build a strong internal community among individuals within the IT organization.

Requirements

The program is aimed at new employees who typically fill associate to intermediate roles and/or have up to five years of full-time work experience prior to joining Kaiser Permanente.

Depending on the positions posted and manager needs, new employees may come from majors including computer science, communications, graphic design, and many more.

Please NOTE: This program has tailored materials that may not be relevant to an experienced professional or employee who has significant experience at Kaiser Permanente (typically 5+ years).

We encourage you to join our University Talent Network to learn about additional opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

Northwest Fellowship Program

Northwest Fellowship Program: Calling All Future Leaders

Ready to pursue a path toward becoming a future health care leader? Focusing on Health Care Operations, in this program you'll develop your professional skills and leadership potential by contributing directly to our mission. Structured to maximize learning opportunities, the Northwest Fellowship Program presents a unique chance to accelerate professional development.

Fellows are full-time, contributing participants in the operational activities for Health Plan, Care Delivery, Research, Policy/Community Benefit, and Dental Administration. Highlights of this experience include:

Administrative Fellowship (Two Positions)

  • Engaging in exciting assignments in project development, strategic implementation, and operations management — all designed to build leadership effectiveness and hone leadership, analytic, and communication skills
  • Invaluable hands-on experience that will build a deep understanding of Kaiser Permanente while accelerating professional development
  • Gaining experience in hospital and outpatient operations, strategic planning, facilities planning, and more
  • Exposure to leaders at all levels of the organization
  • Project plans with key issues, barriers, approaches, performance metrics, and evaluation
  • Ensure implementation by developing and overseeing project management and tracking tools to track action items, issues, risks, and decisions, status reports, and timelines
  • Ongoing mentoring from experienced Kaiser Permanente professionals
  • Opportunities to build relationships and form a strong professional network
  • Provide other technical and project support duties as assigned
  • Support, insight, and guidance from successful Fellowship alumni
  • A competitive salary and benefits package, according to company policy

Mitch Greenlick Administrative Fellowship (One Position) in Dental Research and Public Policy

  • Assist in staffing and preparation for select committees and meetings
  • Meet with key leaders and frontline clinical staff
  • Participate in community engagement events and legislative activities
  • Lead coordination effort for design and planning activities, including help with strategy development
  • Project plans with key issues, barriers, approaches, performance metrics, and evaluation
  • Agenda creation, meeting facilitation, issues tracking, status reporting, documentation, management, and event planning
  • Ensure implementation by developing and overseeing project management and tracking tools to track action items, issues, risks and decisions, status reports, and timelines
  • Coordinate necessary communications, help identify stakeholder audiences, and ensure those stakeholders are informed
  • Complete a written final project
  • Present final project to program leadership and staff
  • Provide other technical and project support duties as assigned
Program Duration & Location

Three candidates are selected for this 12-month program each year, and it takes place at our medical centers and regional offices. The program begins in June, and the application deadline ends the last week of September.

Areas of Focus

The Fellowship Program allows for a balance between project and operational work that guides ongoing development. Learning opportunities include:

  • Hospital & Outpatient Operations
  • Strategic & Market Planning
  • Facility Planning
  • Financial & Analytical Performance
  • Leadership Skills
  • Analytic Skills
  • Communication Skills
Requirements

Candidates must be graduating seniors pursuing MHA, MPH, MBA, or dentistry degrees related to health care administration. A minimum of one year of experience in a clinical setting is required. Fellows typically have varying degrees of experience ranging from summer internships to a few years of full-time work experience prior to graduate school.

If you're interested in participating in our Northwest Fellowship Program or Mitch Greenlick Administrative Fellowship Program or have questions about the programs, please contact us at KPNWCareers@kp.org.

We encourage you to join our University Talent Network to learn about additional opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

California Administrative Fellowship Program

California Administrative Fellowship Program: Accelerate Your Career

Are you ready for hands-on experience and professional development? The Postgraduate Fellowship in Health Care Administration recognizes talented professionals early in their careers who are looking to develop their leadership potential in a dynamic and unique environment. This program maximizes learning opportunities for fellows as well as supports the operational needs of the organization. Highlights of this experience include:

  • Practical hands-on experience that will contribute to the fellows' professional development, as well as to their understanding of Kaiser Permanente
  • Exposure to leaders at all levels of the organization
  • Building and enhancing skills in project development, strategic implementation, and operations management
  • Mentorship in both project and operational work
  • Introduction to a strong professional network including an outstanding community of fellowship alumni who provide excellent support, insight, and guidance
  • A competitive salary and benefits package, according to company policy
Program Duration & Location
Northern California:

12-month fellowship focused on health care operations with 2, 6-month rotations at a medical center. There is also an optional corporate rotation at the end of the 12-month period that is held at the regional offices.

Southern California:

24-month fellowship that includes 3, 8-month rotations: two at a medical center and/or medical office, and 1 at the regional office. Fellows are placed in their first rotation by the organization, but generally choose their location for the second and third rotations.

Areas of Focus

The fellowship program allows for a balance between project and operational work that guides ongoing development. Learning opportunities include:

  • Hospital & Outpatient Operations
  • Strategic & Market Planning
  • Facility Planning
  • Financial & Analytical Performance
  • Leadership Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication Skills
Requirements

Candidates must be in the graduating year of a master's or doctorate program related to health care administration to be eligible.

Fellows typically have varying degrees of work experience ranging from summer internships to a few years of full-time work experience prior to graduate school.

Please visit our Administrative Fellowship website for additional program and application details.

Northern California Operations Fellowship Program

Northern California Operations Fellowship Program: Launch Your Operations Success

The post-graduate fellowship program launches recent master's-level graduates toward an exciting career in Hospital Operations. Providing opportunities for critical learning and experience through involvement in some of the organization's key operational priorities, this program consists of both a Regional Office rotation and a Medical Center rotation. Designed to maximize exposure to operational initiatives and foster experience in the day-to-day execution of those priorities, participants will gain deep comprehension around regional and local operations, and exit the program with the knowledge and confidence to make sound decisions affecting thousands of employees and patients. Upon completion, fellows will step into an operations role at one of our 21 medical centers. Highlights of this paid experience include:

  • Exposure to senior leadership, including the executive team and key strategic partners
  • The opportunity to apply comprehensive operational experience in a practical manner to prepare the fellow for a future in medical center operations
  • Professional and leadership development with weekly check-in with regional executive leaders
  • A competitive salary and benefits package, according to company policy
  • Participation in internal Kaiser Permanente high-potential growth programs, including assessments, health care leadership conferences, and specialized training activities
  • In-person, virtual and remote classes that improve business skills as well as Kaiser Permanente history and knowledge
  • Multiple KP management trainings, providing skills and knowledge needed to lead a team post fellowship
  • Mentorship from a key leader within the region, guiding the fellow through the challenges of continuing KP's leadership position in the industry
  • A multi-business unit view of the organization, from strategic decisions made at regional offices to seeing the impact those decisions have on the operations of a medical center
  • Opportunity to attend statewide and national conferences to speak to industry leaders and gain insight into the future of health care
Program Duration & Location

The 12-month fellowship begins in September. The first six months will be located at the Northern California Regional Offices in Oakland, CA while the second six months will take place in a medical center. The program begins with a customized onboarding program, enabling participants to learn about Kaiser Permanente while laying the foundation for a successful experience.

Areas of Focus

The fellowship program focuses on three pillars of learning for the participants. Throughout the year, the program will ensure the fellows will be educated about Kaiser Permanente strategy and operations, exposed to key leaders and processes that make us a leader within the industry, and gain hands-on experience to potentially transition into a key role within the organization after the year is over.

Requirements

To be eligible for the program, candidates must:

  • Be a post-graduate student
  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Be pursuing additional education, or have graduated within the past six months

We encourage you to join our University Talent Network to learn about additional opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

Clinical Programs

Clinical Programs: Learn To Provide The Best Care

Are you interested in health care, science, or technology? With so many levels of education, a broad range of specialties, and numerous management and leadership opportunities, the future is wide open for those who pursue clinical careers.

In our clinical student rotations and externships, participants gain exposure to some of the skills and knowledge necessary to build a promising future. In our collegial environment of collaboration, teamwork, and support, we allow participants to expand their knowledge and get a head start on reaching their career potential.

Highlights of this experience include:

  • Hands-on clinical experience that will contribute to ongoing professional growth
  • Enrichment, education, and growth opportunities
  • Skill development and leadership training in a dynamic and unique environment
  • Exposure to industry-leading technologies
  • Training in care delivery that is respectful and sensitive to unique values, ideals, and traditions represented by our diverse populations
  • The ability to achieve licensure and/or certification upon completion of educational programs
  • A look inside one of the nation's leading not-for-profit health plans
Program Duration & Location

Opportunities are offered in numerous locations within most regions and occur over various lengths of time.

Areas of Focus

Students will receive exposure to Kaiser Permanente's highly integrated, multidisciplinary health care system. There are a wide variety of departments, service areas, and regions that sponsor clinical student rotations and hire students or early-career individuals. Some of these areas include:

  • Behavioral Health, Social Services & Spiritual Care
  • Imaging & Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Nursing
  • Dietitians & Nutrition Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehab Services
Requirements

Ideal candidates are interested in health care, science, and/or technology, and have strong communication skills, compassion, and problem-solving skills. Top-tier students who are eager learners and ready to work in a fast-paced environment are encouraged to follow their passion by joining us at Kaiser Permanente. Requisite majors vary, but are mostly related to roles in nursing, allied health, or pharmacy. Additionally, we encourage you to work with your educational program leaders to inquire about clinical rotation opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

We encourage you to join our University Talent Network to learn about additional opportunities at Kaiser Permanente.

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