Student Internships

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital has a limited number of summer intern opportunities available for students entering or completing their senior year of high school or currently enrolled in college. 

Paid Internship Experiences Offered:

Student Intern

The Student Intern performs copying, filing, receptionist and other duties to support work production in various departments as assigned. The intern assists staff by performing non-patient care related functions. Student interns must be at least 16 years of age or older, and must be a current high school or college student.

CNA Student Intern

The CNA Student intern will be assigned to and will assist a Nursing Technician with tasks which may involve a group of patients. The purpose of the internship is to allow students in a high school level Health Professionals program to practice basic Nursing techniques under the supervision and direction of a licensed professional. 

CNA Student Interns must be at least 16 years of age, have completed at least the tenth grade of High School, and must be currently enrolled in the Academy of Health Professions program at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center or equivalent program.

How To Apply

The following documents must be submitted through the web application in order to be considered for the program. Please note that all applications MUST be submitted by April 17, 2020. 

  • Employment Application
  • Cover LetterPlease indicate first, second, and third position choices by area of interest.
    This should be a brief typed summary outlining your reason for the selection(s) and why you are interested in employment at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.
  • Resume

Applicants selected to interview will be notified via phone and scheduled to meet with the interview team. Applicants scheduled to interview should arrive at their scheduled times, dressed appropriately to interview. They are asked to bring the following items with them to the interview:

  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Letters of Recommendation should be from non-family sources that have observed the applicant’s performance. Some persons from whom you may get a recommendation include teachers, religious leaders, coaches, and volunteer coordinators.

Final selections will be made by the middle of May 2020 and selected applicants will be contacted via phone by an HR team member. All other candidates will be notified of their status via an application update through the website.

A pre-employment screening will be held between mid-May and mid-June for students who have been offered and accepted an intern position to complete necessary employment-related paperwork. A health assessment, including urine drug screen, tuberculin skin test, and blood draw to determine immunities, will also be performed on these dates.

All students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during this meeting. It will be necessary for students 18 years of age and/or currently in high school to provide a work permit prior to the start of their internship.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact our Human Resources Department at 301-475-6018. We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with students interested in healthcare careers and hope you will consider employment with MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital as you plan your future employment goals.

Additional Opportunities

Volunteer: For those not selected for a paid internship, we encourage you to apply for one of our junior volunteer opportunities. For summer placement, candidates are required to attend an open house/information session. For more information, contact our Volunteer and Student Services office at 301-475-6453.

Unpaid Internships: MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital offers unpaid learning internships for high school and college students and prospective students who are considering careers in healthcare and/or require mentoring opportunities to qualify for academic programs. These internships provide an opportunity to observe a variety of healthcare professionals and career-related experiences. As a result of the experience, students may be able to complete course requirements, if provided at the beginning of the experience.

Shadowing: Direct shadowing of departments and clinical professionals is also available. Please contact Mary B. Cheseldine at 301-475-6453 for more information.