Kaiser Permanente’s LAUNCH programs offer young adults a variety of paid internship opportunities. Each is designed to provide students with practical experience, and a chance to explore a career in health.
Our vision for LAUNCH is that Kaiser Permanente will:
“Positively impact the lives of underrepresented students, and build a pipeline of diverse talent that will become the workforce of future health care leaders who are poised to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of our increasingly diverse communities.”
Our goals are to:
- Introduce underrepresented and low-income high school and undergraduate students to careers in health professions
- Provide opportunities for students to develop and foster professional and community leadership skills in a supportive environment
- Help students to obtain practical job skills and experiences that will help them be successfully pursue employment in the health professions
- Encourage youth enduring significant academic obstacles to pursue higher education and career development
LAUNCH programs include:
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP): Creating paid summer work experiences for under-served high school students since 1968.
College Internship Program: Providing paid summer employment to college students pursuing careers in health care administration, business and finance since 1987.
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
- Participation in an 8-week paid summer work experience
- Workshops designed to give participants valuable personal and professional skills development
- Mentors provide insight on how to prepare for a career in health care
- Networking opportunities with peers and senior leaders through work-based activities, community service projects, or social events
- Must be between the ages of 16 and 20
- Must be a high school student or recent high school graduate (in the last 6 months)
- Priority is given to Junior or Senior high school students
- Must be available to work full-time during 8-week summer program
- Have permanent residence in a Northern California Kaiser Permanente designated service area
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted in-person at your local Kaiser Permanente facility. Please contact the local SYEP onsite coordinator for a program application and instructions for your local Kaiser Permanente facility. Applications are released in March.
What our SYEP interns have to say about the program:
“I can say that this summer is certainly the highlight of my high school experience because of the great opportunity Kaiser Permanente has given me.”
San Francisco SYEP Intern – Home Health
“[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)
“Each person has a unique point of view, and when you use this mindset, the workplace changes, becomes more motivated, and seeing this was a fantastically eye-opening event!”
Central Valley SYEP Intern
College Internship Program
Program Features (applies to all three college program options)
- 8-10 week paid summer internship
- Mentorship and networking
- Job shadowing opportunities
- Professional and personal development workshops
- Community service experience
- Exposure to senior leaders in their field of interest
- Attend or plan to attend a four-year undergraduate college or university
- Provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
- Demonstrate leadership ability through campus activities, community service or previous employment
- Have permanent residence in a Northern California Kaiser Permanente Designated Service Area
How to Apply & Selection Process
Note: Eligibility Requirements differ across the programs listed below. Please visit each programs website for a full list of program requirements.
- Step 1: Apply for the INROADS program by visiting www.INROADS.org and clicking on the STUDENTS section for instructions and an application.
- Step 2: If you are accepted into INROADS, identify that you are interested in the KP Launch Program with Kaiser Permanente as the organization where you would like to be an intern.
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA required
- Step 1: Apply for Health Career Connection by visiting www.healthcareers.org and clicking on the “Apply Now” section for instructions and an application.
- Step 2: If you are accepted into Health Career Connection, identify that you are a KP Launch Intern and provide which geographic area where you would like to complete your internship.
- Final placement decisions are made by Health Career Connection staff and are based on intern interests, qualifications, and placement site availability at the time of final selection
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 required
SAGE (Students Achievement Guided by Experience):
Applicable only to UC Berkeley Students
- Step 1: Obtain and complete a SAGE Scholars Application by visiting: http://sagescholars.berkeley.edu/apply-sage
- Step 2: After submission of the application, candidates may be invited for an in-person interview.
- Step 3: If you are accepted into SAGE, identify Kaiser Permanente as the organization where you should like to intern.
What our College Intern Experience interns have to say about the program:
“I’ve grown from an inexperienced college student to a mature business professional over the last three summers at Kaiser Permanente. I’ve been given the opportunity to expand my career interests, build networks, collaborate on challenging projects, and develop deep connections. I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that encourages its members to thrive throughout life’s journey.”
Accreditation, Regulation and Licensing, 3rd Year Intern
“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.”
TPMG Monitoring and Recovering, 2nd Year Intern
“I had a wonderful experience this year within my department. Thanks to the diligence and mentoring of my supervisor and the many individuals within and outside my department, I have continued to grow as an individual and a professional. I look forward to one day bridging over from an intern to a Kaiser Permanente employee.”
Compliance Systems and Operations, 3rd Year Intern