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Summer Intern Program

The summer intern program at Gillette offers a unique experience for students entering their final year of nursing studies. Candidates interested in summer research internships, please see the Summer Research Internship page for information on that program.

Participants integrate nursing theory and enhance their decision-making skills while working alongside one of our exceptional registered nurses in a hospital recognized for excellence in specialty care for people who have short-term and long-term disabilities that begin during childhood.

Internships are available in the following hospital unit areas:

Orientation and Continuing Education

The program begins with orientation the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Orientation acclimates participants to Gillette and to their individual units. It includes a variety of hands-on training opportunities in addition to structured classroom time. Participants learn about our organization, essential policies and procedures, pain management techniques, safety guidelines and electronic medical records. The Summer Intern Program runs through the first week of August.

Employment and Scheduling

Summer interns work 32 to 40 hours per week. This is a paid internship and summer interns are eligible to receive additional pay for evening, night and weekend shifts. They are not eligible for benefits. Summer interns might be expected to rotate shifts.

Opportunities for continued employment as a casual/on-call nursing assistant, patient care technician, or nursing assistant/health unit coordinator might be available to those who can continue to meet the minimum work requirements.


Summer interns are expected to work weekends and holidays as their schedule requires.

Performance Appraisals

Summer interns will submit a self-evaluation and a brief essay (150 words or fewer) to the Education and Professional Development Specialist at the end of the internship. The essay should be a reflective journal describing a nurse role model and/or a high point of their internship that will affect their future nursing practice. Preceptors will provide feedback on the summer intern’s performance.


Participants must:

  • Be entering their final year of an associates degree in nursing, bachelor of science in nursing, or master's registered nursing program and have no previous registered nursing experience.
  • Have current certification in basic life support for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association.
  • Submit their resume, official school transcript and recommendation letters from two nursing faculty members (one must be from a clinical instructor). If currently employed in a direct patient care job, one recommendation letter can be from a registered nurse familiar with the applicant’s clinical skills.

Participants should mail the items above to:

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Attn: Human Resources, Internal: 183205
200 University Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55101

  • Be able to attend and fully participate in the entire length of the internship.
  • Provide a list of personal goals for their intern experience on the first day of the program.​

How to Apply

Internships are posted on our candidate portal by December 1. Candidates must apply no later than December 15 to be considered. Do not delay submitting the initial online application while awaiting final transcripts or letters of recommendation.  Candidates should submit their initial online application, even if they’re waiting to receive transcripts or letters of recommendation. Applications won’t be accepted after December 15. We post internships in several departments, so candidates should apply to each internship they’re interested in pursuing.  Interviews will be scheduled for the end of December and early January. Offers should be made by February 1. Due to the volume of applications we receive, only the candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please contact Human Resources at 651-229-1724 or with additional questions.