Published: 06/22/2015

Evangelical Community Hospital Hosts High School Internship Program

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the healthcare industry is projected to add more jobs—over 4 million—than any other industry between 2012 and 2022. Heathcare is also one of the fastest-growing industries in the economy.

Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg is taking proactive steps to prepare individuals interested in healthcare to fill those available positions through a unique program that allows them to experience many aspects of care. 

Each year, the Hospital’s High School Summer Internship Program continues to grow in interest and participation. This year, the class includes 29 individuals, made up of students having completed their junior or senior years at schools throughout the surrounding school districts. The students must have a grade point average of 3.3 (88%) or better and the willingness to experience different areas of the healthcare environment.

The 72-hour internship program provides 32 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of one-on-one interaction with nurses and patients. Hospital nurse educators teach the students a variety of skills including CPR certification, lifting and transfer techniques, and personal care skills. The classroom training includes a fully recreated patient stay where students learn how to care for a patient from feeding, bathing, and oral hygiene to making the bed and completing paperwork.

This year’s students are from surrounding schools including East Juniata, Lewisburg, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Milton, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, Line Mountain, and Warrior Run.

The students began classroom training on June 15 and will be placed in five-day rotations in varying departments including obstetrics, emergency, intensive care, and one-day surgery following their classroom instruction. On August 4th, there will be a closing ceremony reception where the students are congratulated on their achievements and parents and supporters will get an overview of what they‘ve experienced during their internship.

Students can use their summer experiences at the Hospital to meet job shadowing requirements while experiencing first-hand a career path they might wish to pursue. For more information on the High School Summer Healthcare Careers Internship program, call 570-522-2727 or visit

Evangelical employs over 1,600 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties.

2015 High School Interns

Evangelical Community Hospital’s 2015 High School Summer Healthcare Careers Internship Students

Front Row, left to right: Cameron Shay, Selinsgrove; Arden Benner, Thompsontown; Makayla Lorenz, Trevorton; Cameron Buoy, Mifflinburg; Michael Conrad, Mifflinburg; Quinn Black, Lewisburg; Janelle Peachy, Middleburg.

Middle Row, left to right: Bayli Derr, Milton; Kalista Swartz, Richfield; Tricia Lloyd, Mifflinburg; Sydney McGlaughlin, Mifflinburg; Jade Hollenbach, Northumberland; Chelcea Buck, Milton; Gage Cooper, Selinsgrove; Kristin Oliver, Mifflinburg; Jena Jordon, Middleburg; Olivia Hauger, Lewisburg.

Back Row, left to right: Emilia Johns, Line Mountain, Lauren Scheib, Line Mountain; Cassie Oldt, McClure; Andrew Reigle, Paxtonville; Benjamin Lapp, Warrior Run; Kierra Smith, Sunbury; Benjamin Greb, Mifflinburg; Nick Swineford, Selinsgrove; Andrew Hayes, Selinsgrove; Jace Kreamer, Middleburg; Madison Snyder, Warrior Run; Cassy Brungard, Warrior Run.