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Passion Ignites Success

We’re looking for tomorrow’s leaders. People who are bold, creative, curious, and excited to contribute to the future of health. As an intern at Kaiser Permanente, you’ll develop your skills — and your confidence — as a member of an engaged, innovative, and exciting team.

We offer internships in a variety of settings and locations. Ready to dig in to what you're passionate about? Explore our internship programs below. When you are ready to search for and submit interest for an open position, click here.

KP Launch

KP Launch: Prepare For A Rewarding Corporate Career

Looking to find a successful career in corporate and community leadership? Kaiser Permanente’s KP LAUNCH (Learning About Unlimited New Careers in Healthcare) programs offer young adults a variety of paid internship opportunities in our Oakland headquarters and administrative offices, as well as medical offices across northern California. Our goal is to build and sustain a diverse, culturally competent workforce for the future. To achieve that goal, we reserve our intern positions for young people that would otherwise lack the resources to explore a career in health. By providing these young people a chance to learn from inspiring health care professionals and leaders, they can build a valuable professional network. They also gain practical skills and work experiences by focusing on projects that matter. As part of our team, KP LAUNCH interns are helping Kaiser Permanente shape the future of health care.

Program Features
  • 8–10 Week Paid Summer Internship
  • Mentorship & Networking
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities
  • Professional & Personal Development Workshops
  • Community Service Experience
  • Exposure to Senior Leaders in their Field of Interest
To be eligible, college interns must:
  • Attend or plan to attend a four-year undergraduate college or university
  • Provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Demonstrate leadership ability through campus activities, community service, or previous employment
  • Have permanent residence in a Northern California Kaiser Permanente Designated Service Area
How to Apply & Selection Process

Additional eligibility requirements and selection processes differ for the three options listed below. Please visit each organization’s website for a full list of program requirements and processes.

Click here for more information on how you can prepare for a successful future with the KPLaunch program. You can also email KP.Launch@kp.org.

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

IT Internship Program

IT Internship Program: Prepare To Be Tomorrow’s It Leader

Looking to hone your IT skills? Our IT Internship Program provides an outstanding opportunity for top university talent to support and contribute to the strategic direction and current IT initiatives of one of the nation’s leading health plans. Highlights of this paid experience include:

  • Participation in peer-learning (cohort) sessions led by IT program leaders. These sessions are an opportunity to refine skills and seek guidance in a peer environment
  • A well-rounded opportunity for interns to work on projects within their assigned department
  • Participation in a variety of experiences and events, such as hospital tours, guest lectures, skills workshops, presentations, job-shadowing, and weekly group meetings
  • A curriculum that aligns with our employee development approach — the 3 E’s: experience, exposure, and education
  • A full-day orientation session designed to begin a successful experience
  • An opportunity to be a part of delivering high-quality, affordable health care services to our members and the community
Program Duration & Location

We offer three sessions per year:

  • Spring: February through May
  • Summer: June through August
  • Fall: September through December

The program is offered in multiple locations in California, including:

  • Oakland
  • Pleasanton
  • Pasadena
  • Corona

Locations outside of California include:

  • Portland, Oregon
  • Englewood, Colorado
  • Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Atlanta, Georgia
Areas of Focus

Beyond being exposed to the innovative environment that is Kaiser Permanente’s technology engine, a strong focus is put on building tomorrow’s leaders. Participants cultivate a solid professional network, hone their resume-crafting skills, and partake in workshops and projects, including our group project presentations in which selected teams get to present to our CIO, Dick Daniels. To participate, interns have to go through an audition process on a specified topic. From there, they are placed in groups to create a presentation.

Requirements

There are no requisite majors to participate in this program. Current or recent undergrad or graduate students who are highly motivated, collaborative, and hardworking are invited to consider this opportunity.

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

University Relations Internship Program

University Relations Internship Program: Help Your Corporate Career Take Off

Ready to set yourself up for a successful corporate career? Through this program, students enhance their professional competencies and knowledge in the dynamic world of health care. Working on our corporate team — commonly referred to as program offices — gives students an excellent opportunity to work on “real-world” projects while strengthening their presentation, business, communication, networking, and interviewing skills. Highlights of this paid experience include:

  • Enhanced academic learning through hands-on work experience
  • The opportunity to network and establish relationships within an industry leader
  • The chance to evaluate and determine potential career paths
  • Mentoring and career advice from knowledgeable and experienced professionals
  • Public speaking, project management, time management, and communication skills development
  • Working in a collaborative culture that supports ongoing growth and learning
  • Experiences such as hospital tours, a trip to the Garfield Innovation Center, leadership presentations, networking events, and exposure to internal resource groups
Program Duration & Location

Each Internship lasts 10 to 12 weeks during the summer months (typically June through August). We recruit for these positions from January to April. The majority of internship positions are located in California, but there are opportunities in other regions as well.

Areas of Focus

The majority of our corporate internships include finance, national facilities services, actuarial services, underwriting, human resources, internal audit services, the Care Management Institute, the Institute for Health Policy, and on our Marketing, Sales, Service & Administration (MSSA) team; however, many more opportunities exist.

Program Office Interns

One of the best aspects of the program is that interns work on real-world projects and initiatives. Past examples include:

  • Developing and analyzing financial data
  • Supporting technology initiatives
  • Researching health disparities to identify equitable care outcomes and opportunities
  • Performing technical analyses to identify opportunities for improvement with current and future financial performance
  • Conducting marketing research
  • Enhancing media plans
Requirements

We offer a variety of positions for undergrad and graduate-level students with backgrounds in business, public health, finance, statistics, marketing, communications, and other disciplines. Beyond that, we look for curious, enthusiastic, fast learners who are eager to contribute their skills and ideas to impact the future of health care, today.

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

Northwest Region Internship Program

Northwest Region Internship Program: Get Real-world Experience And Prepare For A Successful Career

Looking to bolster your skills for a career in administration? This program offers qualified students rewarding, paid high school, undergraduate, and graduate-level internships in business administration and management, pharmacy, dental administration, research, and hospital operations throughout Oregon and the Southwest Washington area. Highlights of this paid experience include:

  • The ability to apply classroom knowledge to real-world career development goals
  • Participation in multiple executive speaker series to learn about other areas of the organization, ranging from diversity and inclusion to compliance, community benefit, and finance
  • The chance to develop relationships with mentors and hiring managers
  • Unique opportunities to tour Kaiser Permanente facilities
  • High visibility among regional leadership
  • Participation in informational interviews
  • The power to cultivate a solid professional network
Program Duration & Location

Summer internships begin in June and conclude in August for a total of about 10 weeks. The program begins with a customized intern orientation, enabling participants to learn about Kaiser Permanente while laying the foundation for a successful experience.

Interns may be hired to work in any facility within the Northwest Region, spanning from Longview, WA to Salem, OR.

Areas of Focus

Main areas of focus in this program include business administration, pharmacy and pharmacy administration, research and development, hospital operations, and dental administration. During the internships, students grow their written and verbal communication skills, sharpen their time and project management capabilities, and hone presentation and networking skills. Sample assignments include conducting research, data analysis and reporting, community outreach, web design, project management, and implementation of healthy workforce programs.

Requirements

Preferred qualifications and requisite majors vary depending on the project, but most are geared toward business administration, human resources, dental administration, public health, finance, and information analytics/IT.

Undergraduate Interns Must
  • Have completed 31 credits to qualify
  • Be current students or have graduated within the past six months
Graduate Students Must
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and be pursuing additional education, or have graduated within the past six months
Next Steps

If you're interested in participating in our Northwest Region Internship or have questions about the program, please contact us at kpnwcareers@kp.org.

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

Colorado Undergraduate Pre-health Program

Colorado Undergraduate Pre-health Program: Introducing The Benefits Of Health

Want to gain exposure to a wide variety of health care careers? The University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Inclusion and Outreach partners with Kaiser Permanente Colorado Diversity & Inclusion to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers within health care. Both organizations are committed to helping increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals within health care for the purpose of reducing health disparities among various population groups in Colorado. Highlights of the 13-month experience include:

  • Exposure to various facets of health care
  • Development of skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive, marketable candidates for professional schools (medicine, pharmacy, nursing, etc.)
  • Lectures, demonstration, laboratory research, and professional development courses led by distinguished professionals
  • Possible opportunities to conduct research and visit simulation labs
  • Saturday Academies throughout the school year that include an array of topics such as cultural awareness, health disparities in underserved communities, access to health care, etc.
  • Leadership training through teamwork and collaborative projects
  • Coaching and year-round assistance with school application letters and writing personal statements
  • Mock interviews and exam reviews, such as MCAT, PCAT, and GRE
  • The chance to intern alongside health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, and pharmacists
Program Duration & Location

Opportunities are located in Denver, CO, and consist of 10–12 weeks over the summer and year-round Saturday workshops for a total of 13 months.

Areas of Focus

Participants are exposed to a variety of career areas including nursing, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistance, public health, dentistry, and more!

Requirements

Selections are based on academic and professional achievement and an interest in health care professions. Additional requirements include:

  • A minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average
  • Completion of at least one year of college (24 or more credits)
  • Attending an accredited Colorado institution
  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident status
  • A background in biology, chemistry, physics, science, or math is encouraged

The Colorado undergraduate pre-health program highly encourages all qualified students to apply, including students from underrepresented groups such as first-generation college attendees, low-income, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, U.S. Veterans, and ethnic minorities.

Click here for more information on this undergraduate pre-health program.

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

Mid-Atlantic Region Internship Program

Mid-Atlantic Region Internship Program: Lay The Foundation For A Successful Career

Are you looking to sharpen your communication skills, boost your networking savvy, and solidify your project management abilities? Then the Mid-Atlantic Region Internship program is for you.

Summer Internship Program

Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Atlantic Region Summer Internship program supports the region’s growth strategy by increasing brand recognition, attracting millennial talent, and enhancing our workforce to reflect the communities we serve. The internship experience was based on three critical components: education, exposure, and experience. Highlights of this paid experience include:

  • The ability to apply classroom knowledge to real-world career development goals
  • Participation in multiple Friday Forums series to learn about other areas of the organization ranging from Diversity and Inclusion to Compliance, Community Benefit, and Finance
  • The chance to develop relationships with mentors and hiring managers
  • Unique opportunities to tour Kaiser Permanente’s facilities
  • High visibility among regional leadership
  • Participation in informational interviews
  • The power to cultivate a solid professional network
Program Duration & Location

Summer internships begin in June and conclude in August for a total of about 10 weeks. The program begins with a New Employee Orientation — a customized intern orientation — enabling participants to learn about Kaiser Permanente while laying the foundation for a successful experience. Interns may be hired to work in any facility within the Baltimore area, Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia areas.

Areas of Focus

Main areas of focus in this program include business administration, health administration, communications and marketing, finance, human biology, and others. During the internships, students grow their verbal communication skills, time and project management capabilities, and hone presentation and networking skills. Sample assignments include conducting research, data analysis and reporting, community outreach, web design, project management, and implementation of healthy workforce programs.

Requirements

Preferred qualifications and requisite majors vary depending on the project, but most are geared toward business administration, human resources, finance, and public health.

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

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