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Our Commitment to Education

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is committed to the growth and development of our future healthcare workers.  We strive to provide a variety of educational opportunities for students to explore the world of healthcare.  Please read below for further details on these opportunities.  

Job Shadowing

If you have a healthcare career interest and would like to spend time with professionals within the industry, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge offers shadowing experiences (for a limited amount of time).  Job shadowing provides you with an opportunity to observe and learn more about your career interest.

Please submit this observation request form if interested in shadowing. 

Student Observations and Internships 

At Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, we offer a variety of educational opportunities for students who are currently in a program of study and need hands-on experience.  

If you are interested participating in a clinical rotation/internship or student observation at a Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge facility, please check with your program coordinator to ensure your educational institution has an affiliation agreement with Blue Ridge.

Students currently enrolled in a program of study and who are interested in completing your program required hours at Blue Ridge should submit this internship request form.

Mid-level Provider Internship

Students in a master’s Nursing Practitioner or Physician Assistant programs who have an interest in a clinical rotation within our organization should submit this internship request form.

High School Students

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge offers various learning programs throughout the school year and summer months for high school students.  We encourage students to explore healthcare as a field of study to hopefully bring them back to our community to work.

Blue Ridge Scholar Program

The Scholar program is open to juniors and seniors enrolled in the Burke County Public School System who are interested in a semester long unpaid internship in healthcare to assist in determining if this is a field of study that he/she would like to explore.  The goal of the program is to provide a path for students to have an intimate view of the industry.  Throughout the program, students will gain not only an understanding of the various occupations associated with healthcare but will continue to develop their professional and leadership abilities.

If you are interested in this learning experience, please contact the career development coordinator or guidance counselor for your school.

Blue Ridge Junior Scholar Program

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Junior Scholar is open to students ages 14-17 who have not graduated from high school. The goal of this program is to provide an outlet for students to volunteer and learn about healthcare. 

Throughout this six-week summer program, students will have an opportunity to provide their time, energy, and skills to departments or facilities in various ways which may include project work, clerical support, and job shadowing.  Students participating in this program will also participate in learning sessions to gain a deeper understanding of health care.  

Applications will be available on our Facebook page each Spring.

Camp Med

Camp Med is a week-long program offered during the summer and is co-sponsored by Northwest Area Health Education Center of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Burke County Public School System and Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. The program is designed to educate and prepare high school students for careers within the healthcare industry. 

During the program, students have the opportunity to observe healthcare professionals in action as well as develop an understanding of the health care delivery system.  Students will also discuss the educational preparation and best practices for planning for a future within healthcare.

If you are interested in this learning experience, please contact the career development coordinator or guidance counselor for your school.

Medical Explorers

In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge offers high school students the opportunity to explore different areas of the healthcare industry with hands-on learning experiences.  Medial Explorers is a year-round program that meets once a month. There is no attendance requirement, and a student can join at any time. There is a minimal annual fee for the program. 

If you are interested in this learning experience, please contact Traci Jacobs, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Director of Pharmacy,  traci.jacobs@blueridgehealth.org .

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