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Student Learning Programs

Mary Washington Healthcare's (MWHC) experiential learning programs are designed to attract, retain and continuously grow our workforce.

Our learning programs run year-round and give students real work experience in clinical departments and non-clinical functional areas of MWHC. They are a great way to develop specific skills and knowledge, become comfortable with the professional work environment, expand on your classroom learning as well as make contacts to network, build confidence and enhance your resume.

We offer clinical rotations, shadowing/observations and internships. Depending on the business need and performance, interns may have the opportunity to possibly convert into a full-time employee.

Clinical Preceptorship Experience

An experience in which a student participating in a healthcare-related program of study at an accredited educational institution wishes to complete a required hands-on clinical rotation.

Things to keep in mind:

  • An affiliation agreement between MWHC and the school must be in place prior to the student starting the learning experience.
  • There is an extensive onboarding process to include health screenings, a background check, and several HR compliance forms.
  • Submitting a request does not guarantee placement for a clinical rotation.
  • Our department supervisors decide if they can host a student based on several factors such as staffing and census.

For additional information, please reach out to careerdevelopment@mwhc.com.
Please include:

  • the name of your school
  • your major/school program
  • the department you would like to host you
  • start and end dates for the rotation
Observation Experience (Shadowing)

An experience in which a student, or other person interested in the field of healthcare, wishes to shadow an experienced employee or professional for a brief period of time. Observations are up to 20 hours.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Participants need to be at least 18 years old.
  • Requesting an observation does not guarantee an observation.
  • Our department supervisors decide if they can host a student based on several factors such as staffing and census.
  • Participants cannot observe a MWHC employee who is a family member.

For additional information, please reach out to careerdevelopment@mwhc.com and request an application.

College Internships

An experience in which a student is participating in a program of study at an accredited educational institution and wishes to complete a hands-on internship for either academic credit or an hourly rate. At the present time, we do not have any paid college internships.

Academic Credit

Our credit internships are unpaid, experiential learning opportunities providing practical work experience and the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional setting. These internships are part-time or full-time and are typically offered year-round and last an entire semester.

Internship Benefits:

  • Gain valuable resume-worthy work experience
  • Flexible schedules – part-time or full-time hours for the summer or during the school year
  • Opportunity to explore career avenues at Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Earn academic credit
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Enhance conventional classroom learning methods
  • Obtain references from co-workers

Department managers are seeking bright minds to assist in projects related to:

Accounting/Finance • Marketing • Business Administration
Supply Chain/Operations • Healthcare • Technology

There will need to be an affiliation agreement between MWHC and the college before the internship can begin.

High School Programs

Current Internship: Clerical Office Coordinator Internship - Provide administrative support to department staff to achieve department initiatives and goals.

Apply here


MWHC participates in selected work-based learning programs with local high schools. Students involved in CTE classes have an opportunity to earn school credit while rotating throughout our healthcare system.

Currently this program is on hold, but look for additional information in 2023.

School liaisons:

If you have students looking to build both professional and academic skills in a dynamic healthcare environment, contact Career Development (careerdevelopment@mwhc.com) for additional information.

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