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Summer Youth Employment Program

Programs Overview

Welcome to the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), an internship opportunity specifically designed for high school and college students. Our program aims to provide underserved, underrepresented, and low-income students with valuable employment experiences in the healthcare field.

Through the support of our Community Benefit fund, we offer young individuals the chance to work within various departments of our organization during the summer months. This provides interns a supportive environment to learn and grow; as well as allows them the opportunity to contribute to KP's meaningful mission of providing high-quality, affordable health care to all the communities that we are privileged to serve.

We offer 3 unique programs:

High School Internship

College Internship

Apothecary Circle Program (pharmacy internship)


High School Internship

High School Interns work during the summer months at one of the participating medical centers or medical office buildings. You will gain exposure to administrative and supporting careers within the healthcare environments.

You will also engage in educational sessions known as "Educational Fridays." These sessions are tailored to introduce students to various career paths within Kaiser Permanente and further enhance their marketable job skills and work performance.

We take great pride in the success stories of our former Summer Youth interns who have progressed to become nurses, lab technicians, opticians, accountants, project managers, engineers, directors, department administrators, and leaders within our organization and beyond.

It's important to note that interns will not be involved in medical treatment or clinical procedures for patients during their internship.

Here are some key features of our Summer Youth Employment Program:

  1. 6-8 week paid summer work experience: You will have the opportunity to work with us for a duration of up to eight (8) weeks during the summer and receive compensation. (length of program depends on medical center)
  2. Weekly workshops: We have carefully designed workshops to provide you with personal and professional skills development. These sessions aim to equip you with valuable tools that will benefit you throughout your career.
  3. Mentorship and guidance: You will have a unique opportunity to form relationships with experienced supervisors and mentors who will provide insights and advice on how to prepare for a successful career in the healthcare industry or other industries.
  4. Networking opportunities: Through work-based activities, projects, and meetings, you will have the chance to interact with peers and senior leaders. These opportunities will help you build a strong professional network that can support your future endeavors.


High School Internship Locations

If you live near one of the following locations, you are eligible to apply and participate in our community-based program. Click on each site to view a one-page PDF with more details.

Baldwin Park Medical Center

Downey Medical Center

Hawaii: Oahu and Maui (More info to come)

Los Angeles Medical Center 

Orange County

Panorama Center Medical Center 

Regional Labs: Chino Hills

Riverside Medical Center

San Bernardino County 

South Bay Medical Center 

West Los Angeles Medical Center 

Woodland Hills Medical Center 

Applications Close: 3/18

Important Note: Your application will not be considered if you don't meet the criteria, requirements, or live near the participating medical centers you are applying for. See below for details.


College Internship Program

The Kaiser Permanente College Internship Program offers up to an 8-week paid internship for undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university. This program presents a range of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in the field of healthcare. Additionally, it aims to provide underrepresented and diverse undergraduates with the chance to participate in a multiyear internship.

Interns gain exposure to a diverse range of non-clinical professions. This experience allows them to broaden their understanding of various roles within the healthcare industry. By actively participating in projects that have a substantial impact on the success of Kaiser Permanente, interns not only make meaningful contributions to the organization but also cultivate practical skills crucial for the professional realm. Networking plays a pivotal role in this experience, with interns engaging with a diverse array of professionals, establishing connections that hold significant value for their future career pursuits.

The program places a strong emphasis on the development and practice of a spectrum of social, technical, and employability skills. This includes cultivating traits such as timeliness and professionalism. Interns are encouraged to express their ideas and ask questions, creating an environment conducive to learning and growth.

Moreover, collaborative experiences are gained through teamwork with other professionals. Interns may also be assigned research tasks to deepen their understanding of specific topics relevant to the healthcare industry or the organization.

College Internship Locations

Southern California: Interns must reside near the location site they are interviewing for during the duration of the internship program.

Hawaii: Oahu and Maui (More info to come)

College and High School Application and Hiring Overview

Submit the MS FORMs application by clicking on the site link above for High School. For College click on the “College Internship Program” link above to be directed on how to apply.

Select Candidates will be interviewed virtually or in person. Some may undergo a second interview due to the program's competitiveness.

High School Applicants:  Apply to the medical center in your community only.

Due to high volume of applicants, you may not receive any communication if not selected for an interview.

Applications Close: 3/18

Criteria and Requirements


Live near the participating medical center you are applying for (High School program).

            College interns must live in Southern California and near the location they will be hired at

16 years or older, between 11th and 12th grade (High school program)

Lower income, underserved, and/or underrepresented.

Not a dependent of a Kaiser Permanente employee (High School Program)


Under 18 requires a valid work permit.

Eligible to work in the United States.

Accepted applicants must complete health screenings (TB test, COVID vaccine).

All interns must begin work on the first day of the program and adhere to the agreed-upon schedule.

Reliable transportation (M-F).

Available to work 6-8 weeks in Summer 2024 (June – August).

Selection Process

High School candidates will be interviewed by Medical Center coordinators, either virtually or in person.

College candidates will be interviewed by the manager/department they will be interning with.

Candidates with a stronger desire to have a career in health care or learn more of the health care field will be given priority.

If you are selected to participate in the program, you will be given an offer by Kaiser Permanente. Then you will be contacted by Talent Acquisition to start the screening and onboarding process.

Screening and Onboarding

The onboarding process, managed by Kaiser Permanente’s Talent Acquisition team, includes:

Filling out the official Kaiser Permanente application.

Background check (if over 18).

Drug test (failure results in offer rescindment).

Completing IRS W-9 form.

Health screening with Employee Health Services (TB test required).