High school students who are interested in learning more about healthcare careers can scratch their itch this summer and get paid for it, too.
Kaiser Permanente invites students to explore their interests during a four-week KP YEAH! program that will include meetings with doctors, nurses and other professionals, and opportunities to experience a high-tech “Sim Lab” and simulations in Kaiser’s operating rooms. Other activities include community service, resume building, mock interviews and group presentations.
The Kaiser Permanente Youth Exploration Academy in Healthcare (KP YEAH!) Program is set for July 2 through July 27. Students will receive an $800 stipend for attending the program, which runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Students who will be juniors or seniors in Fall 2018 and current graduating seniors in the Class of 2018 are eligible to apply. Those who are first-generation college-bound, come from low-income households, or are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations will receive additional consideration.
The KP YEAH! program was started last summer as a one-week exploration camp that was offered twice to 15 students at a time. This year, Kaiser is extending the length of the program and focusing on a single cohort of 30 students.
“Students should apply to this program if they are interested in exploring the healthcare field and learning more about both clinical and administrative roles in an integrated healthcare system,” said Breanna L. Jackson, a human resources specialist with Kaiser. “This program is a great way to learn more about professions that have always been of interest and new careers that one has never considered.”
Jackson said students will explore the roles of doctors, nurses and dentists, but also lawyers, data analysts, researchers and others.
The Simulation Lab in particular is always a hit with students who attend Kaiser’s Career Days. The lab is used for training by real medical professionals but also as a way for students to learn how to assist a pregnant woman during delivery, help a premature baby, and respond during cardiac arrest.