Program Description

Learn more about our internship program and work sites

The Fairview Summer Nursing Internship Program is an educational opportunity for baccalaureate nursing students at the end of their junior year.

Each student is paired with preceptors for delivery of nursing care on a patient care unit. The program provides opportunities to enhance your technical skills, critical thinking and interpersonal skills in an acute care environment.

The 2014 Internship Program starts Monday, June 2 and ends Friday, Aug. 8.

Frequently asked questions

When is my application due?
The application period begins Nov. 1 and you will have approximately one month to apply. The application is an e-form, so gather all of your information before starting.

Where is the internship located?
Internships may be offered at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota, Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota, and University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. The available patient care units will not be known until later.

How are interns selected?
Student intern applications are screened in early December. A number of the applicants are selected for a telephone interview. A smaller number is selected to attend a panel interview comprised of nurse managers in January. The nurse managers make final decisions on offers.

When will I be notified if I've been accepted into the program?
You will be notified at each decision point. Applicants invited for a panel interview will receive notification of decisions in mid February. Please call if you receive other offers prior to that time and would like to discuss your status with our program. Once you have accepted the internship, you are committed to Fairview.

Is the internship paid?
Each year, the internship site leadership determines whether the internship will be paid. For 2014, the internship is paid.

Where and what shift will I be working?
If you are selected to participate in the program, you will be expected to work the same shift schedules and rotation as your mentors. This will include shift work and weekends. Day, evening and night shifts are all possibilities.

Students participate in designated seminars examining various clinical practices and professional nursing issues.

What is my role as a Fairview student nurse intern?
Student interns perform direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse. Minnesota State Nurse Practice Act regulations contain a list of tasks/procedures you will not be permitted to do during the student intern experience.

Orientation and education
The orientation and educational programs are mandatory parts of your experience. These programs require attendance and participation for the entire schedule, except for emergencies and illness. Any exceptions or special circumstances must be discussed in the interview process.

Employee benefits
As a temporary employee of Fairview, there are no benefits earned. Students work 24-32 hours per week. A total of 240 to 320 hours must be reached by the end of the program.

Hours are scheduled as dictated by your preceptor’s schedule. Some units have eight-hour shifts; others have 12-hour shifts or combinations. Weekends are scheduled as every other or every third, based on your preceptor’s schedule. Overtime during the internship is not allowed.

About Fairview Health Services
Learn more about our hospitals, clinics and services at Fairview.

There are opportunities in many areas including:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Ortho/Neuro
  • Heart Center
  • Oncology
  • ICU
  • Float Pool
  • Emergency Department
  • Birthplace (Postpartum/Labor and Delivery)
  • Operating Room

What past interns say
  • “Staff is very welcoming and enjoyed teaching!”
  • “Very good program. The classes kept all of the interns connected and my experiences were amazing.”
  • “The mentors were very helpful and the program is organized. They are respectful of intern concerns and it was a great place to have the experience.”
  • “It was great to see what it’s like in the real world and work with extremely helpful nursing staff.”
  • “Staff helped in building my confidence and wanted me to succeed.”
  • "I had an amazing internship experience, and I am so grateful for the time I got to spend at Fairview."

Bill Johnson, RN
Nursing Workforce Development Consultant
Fairview Health Services
2344 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108


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