The Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Nursing Internship Program is a paid internship designed for undergraduate nursing students who seek to understand non-traditional roles in nursing. Undergraduate nursing students are placed in regional health centers or in a health care administration setting learning how to provide care in the community. The Nursing Internship Program provides a unique experiential learning opportunity and a path forward for the next generation of public health nurses.
In addition to day-to-day work at their placements, nurse interns participate in enriching leadership-building activities facilitated by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation team. Leadership Labs are designed to complement traditional nursing curriculum and topics include cultural competence, health equity, the business of healthcare, health policy, etc. Nurse interns also participate in group volunteer projects, have the opportunity to connect with a mentor, and complete research poster projects.
Nurse interns are temporary full-time employees of the organization in which they are placed.
Below is a Brief Description of the Departments Goals and How it Fits into the Organization:
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) is the private, corporate, charitable foundation of Independence with a mission to lead sustainable solutions that improve the health and well-being of the community. The Foundation was founded in 2011 and builds upon Independence’s social mission. The Foundation focuses on areas of impact including access to care, the healthcare workforce, and nonprofit sustainability. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded nearly $45 million in grants to community-based nonprofit organizations, privately funded health centers, and accredited nursing programs serving more than 300,000 residents in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Nursing Student Job Description:
The nurse intern will support the Foundation’s work to advance the education, professional development, and cultural competence of the healthcare workforce. The nurse intern will assist with review of nursing-focused proposals and conduct nursing-related and policy-related research to inform programmatic strategy. The Nurse intern will have the opportunity to learn about nursing roles in the community and in healthcare administration, and the nurse’s role in transforming the delivery of healthcare.
Nurse Intern Qualifications:
- Strong attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently and with a team.
- Interest in health policy preferred.