March 14 2011Applications are available for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Summer Internship Program, which provides work experience for Alaska Native/American Indian students pursuing careers in health care. The SEARHC Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for six Native students — two high school, two bachelor’s degree and two master’s degree/clinical level. The program allows participants to explore career options in health care, and the interns receive valuable on-the-job training in their health care career of interest and a minimal hourly stipend. At the end of the program, interns will receive a performance evaluation with valuable feedback from their mentor(s). “The internships will provide an opportunity for individuals to more deeply explore their health care field of interest,” SEARHC Tribal Recruitment Coordinator Romee McAdams said. “The key to building a workforce is to provide opportunity and experience to help Native students make an informed decision about their career of choice.” To qualify for this program, students must be enrolled tribal members or descendants as certified through a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB). They must currently be enrolled in high school, college or vocational school and attending full time. And they must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. In order to apply, students must complete a SEARHC Summer Internship Application, a SEARHC job application, provide two letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, employers, tribal leaders, etc.), a copy of the student’s current resume and a copy of the student’s current college transcripts. The application deadline is Friday, April 15 (the application must be received or postmarked by this date), and the final selection of interns takes place on April 30. The internship program runs from June 20 through Aug. 15. During the program, the interns will work a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week under the supervision of a manager at a SEARHC facility. All interns will be required to submit fingerprints for a background check once selected. Even though a minimal hourly stipend is provided, interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation during the internship program. SEARHC will not provide housing and/or transportation. Completed applications may be mailed to Romee McAdams at SEARHC, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 966-8404, or scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at Southeast Alaska high school offices, through local tribal organizations or by going to http://www.searhc.org/common/pages/studentinfo/internships/index.php.