Iowa Specialty Hospital

Summer Intern Program

Program Details 

Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics (ISH) is proud to offer traditional and post-traditional* students the opportunity to intern at our facilities.  Our intern program focuses on exposing the selected interns to healthcare and helping them to discover their future careers. 

This 6 week program will be held from June 10 - July 19, 2024.

For these paid internships, students must be entering their junior year of high school or above.

Summer interns must complete an application and the application questions. They must also submit a resume, a written reference letter, and a parental consent (if under age 18) to Human Resources.

Individuals who are selected will be required to follow the student expectations, dress code, and facility standards of behavior.

*(Post-traditional students are typically defined as being over the age of 24 when they enter higher education.  They may also have one or more of following characteristics: they delayed enrollment in college after high school, they attend part-time for at least part of an academic year, they work full-time while also enrolled in school, they are financially independent, or they have dependents (spouse and/or children).


Program Goals

The summer internship program provides students with opportunities to: 

  • Expand knowledge about healthcare career options 
  • Provide professional development opportunities
  • Build connections and relationships with ISH team members
  • Consider future careers at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics

Intern Selection Requirements

  • Must be 16 or older to apply
  • Entering junior year of high school or above
  • Available to work Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Hours may vary depending on individual department needs.
  • Complete any required occupational health requirements



Intern Expectations

  • Attend mandatory onsite orientation
  • Attend weekly onsite professional development training
  • Follow proper dress code - see below
  • Follow cell phone policy
  • Follow standards of behavior
  • Travel to locations based on availability of field interest
  • Complete an internship project - see below

Dress Code

  • Provided ISH shirt
  • Dark colored pants or khakis - no jeans or leggings
  • Closed toed shoes
  • ISH name badge 



Application Selection Process 

After the deadline on March 1st, department leaders will select their top candidates to interview. Please note, not all candidates will be interviewed. Once the interns have been selected for the program, all applicants will be notified via email and mailed letter of their status. Selected interns will be contacted by our occupational health staff to complete any work-related health requirements.
The selection process for the program is offered in the following order:

  • First selection - brand new interns
  • Second selection - first year returning interns
  • Third selection - second year returning interns
  • Last selection  - third year and above returning interns

Internship Project

Each intern will be required to create a trifold poster board.  Details on the project will be provided during the first week of the program.  Interns will present their projects at the end of the six weeks.  Poster boards will then be displayed in the hospital for our employees and patients to gain insight on our summer intern program and the interns' experiences.

Next Steps

Summer interns must complete and submit the following items: application and application questions, resume, written reference letter, and parent consent (if under age 18) to Human Resources.

  1. Complete the online application. Deadline is Friday, March 1, 2024.  
  2. Submit your resume.
  3. Download the letter template and give it to the person who will be providing your reference. Reference Letter Template
  4. If under age 18, download the consent form for your parent to complete. Parental Consent

Use the links below or at left to submit your application and required documentation.

Online Application                                               Resume, Reference Letter, & Parental Consent Upload

Resume, reference letter, and parental consent may also be: 

  • Emailed to:
  • Mailed to:
    Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics
    Attn: Reba Zeller
    1316 South Main Street
    Clarion, IA 50525

For more information, please contact Reba Zeller at 515-532-9303 or at the email provided above.

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