Health career scholarships and learning

Health career scholarships and learning

Investing in the academic success of students, particularly those from diverse and low-income backgrounds, is an investment in the future health of communities.

Through Kaiser Permanente’s work in schools and our support for college and career readiness, we are supporting economic opportunity in our communities by giving people the skills, knowledge, and access to higher education that will sustain them throughout their lives.

Community Health Careers

Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Careers initiative aims to improve career paths for underrepresented individuals and to help diversify the health care workforce. We work with local schools and nonprofits to provide programs that expose diverse and disadvantaged students to a broad array of health care professions.

We collaborate with both internal and external partners to create and/or support programs focused on helping individuals to aspire to attend college, persist to degree completion, and join the health care workforce. We are committed to positively impacting community health and promoting socioeconomic mobility by addressing education gaps and diversifying the health care workforce.

Ignite Scholarship Program

The Ignite Scholarship Program is a partnership between Kaiser Permanente, Portland State University, and Portland Leadership Foundation that provides scholarships and social, career, and academic support to service-minded, pre-health student leaders who want to make a difference on campus and in their communities to help them succeed as future health care leaders. After completion of an extensive leadership training program, Ignite Scholarship recipients serve as mentors to incoming pre-health students.

By providing social, career, and academic-oriented supports while reducing financial barriers and increasing the time students have available for activities to support their success, we aim to increase the success of students in their pursuit of health care careers.

Health Care Career Scholarship Program

The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program is the flagship program of the Community Health Careers initiative. Since 2008, Kaiser Permanente Northwest has provided millions of dollars in scholarship funding to help students achieve their dreams of becoming health care professionals.

Scholarships in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 are awarded to select seniors who attend one of 140 approved high schools in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area, which spans from north of Longview, Washington, to Eugene, Oregon.

Students who receive the scholarship as high school seniors are eligible in their second year of college to apply for an additional scholarship to be applied toward their third year of college.

Paid Summer Internships

Recipients of the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship, known as Kaiser Scholars, are strongly encouraged to apply for positions offered through the Kaiser Permanente Paid Summer Internship Program. These 10-week internships may take place in clinical settings, though intern duties are nonclinical in nature.

Many of the internships are for undergraduates, some are for graduate students, and a few are for high school students. Students interested in the undergraduate internships must have college sophomore status or higher (have earned 31 or more semester credits or equivalent).

Kaiser Scholars are considered a key talent pool for summer internship positions and are encouraged to apply for all positions that they find interesting and for which they are eligible. When departments select a Kaiser Scholar to fill their undergraduate internship position, a portion of the cost of the internship is paid by Community Health through the Community Health Careers initiative. The goal is to support Kaiser Scholars’ access to relevant social connections and experiences that are critical to their college and career success.

The internship program is open to all students — not just Kaiser Scholars — and the application process is competitive; not all applicants will secure positions.

For questions about the Kaiser Permanente Paid Summer Internship Program, please contact Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Integrated Talent Planning.

Recipients of the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship who are pre-medical students (planning to become physicians) are also eligible to apply for a small group of paid summer internships offered by Northwest Permanente, Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s physician group. These internships are available exclusively to premed Kaiser Scholars and include clinically relevant administrative work and one day per week of shadowing with a physician. For more information on the Kaiser Permanente Scholars Pre-Med Internships, please contact Jelena Vidovic, project coordinator, Northwest Permanente.

Educational outreach

In recognition of the role that K-12 experiences play in the development of academic and career aspirations, Kaiser Permanente works with local schools and nonprofits to provide programs that expose diverse and disadvantaged students to a broad array of health care professions.

Students learn about various roles in the field and the educational pathways and skills required to succeed in each.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s career learning programs.