Kaiser Permanente’s KP LAUNCH programs offer young adults a variety of paid internship opportunities in our Oakland headquarters and administrative offices, as well as medical offices across northern California. Our goal is to build and sustain a diverse, culturally competent workforce for the future. To achieve that goal we reserve our intern positions for young people that would otherwise lack the resources to explore career in health.* By providing these young people a chance to learn from inspiring health care professionals and leaders, they can build a valuable professional network. They also gain practical skills and work experiences by focusing on projects that matter. As part of our team, KP LAUNCH interns are helping Kaiser Permanente shape the future of health care.
*Because KP LAUNCH programs are funded through our community investment portfolio, our internship positions are not available to relatives of Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians.
As part of our team, interns help us shape the future while gaining practical experience and building a valuable professional network. Our interns work have the opportunity to work for an industry leader on projects that matter.
Our vision for KP LAUNCH is to positively impact the lives of young adults from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in health care careers, and build a pipeline of diverse talent that will become future leaders in health care. This is all part of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to high quality care, and being able to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of northern California’s increasingly diverse communities.
More specifically, our goals are to:
“[I] have learned so much from everyone, from doctors explaining procedures, to my co-workers teaching me how to handle situations.”
--Central Valley SYEP Intern – Optometry Unit-Based Team (UBT)
The 2017 high school application is available with different application deadlines and drop-off locations. Applicants can only apply to one local program that is closest to their permanent residence.
“My internship experience at Kaiser has challenged me to use my technical skills as an entirely new approach to problem solving, which enabled me to thrive in a corporate environment.”
--The Permanente Medical Group, Monitoring and Recovering department, 2nd Year Intern
The 2018 application process is pending. Please sign up for updates below to receive updated information as it becomes available..
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