Job Shadowing and Internships

Job Shadowing (observorship) at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides unpaid learning opportunities to help individuals learn about health care career options and skills required in specific occupations. Participants have the opportunity to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by the health care professional they are shadowing.

Internships provide eligible college students with unpaid practical hands-on work experience in a professional health care setting in order to enhance learning. Internships provide career awareness, experience that helps secure future employment, professional networking contacts, makes classroom learning more interesting and helps the student develop self-confidence as they identify skills, abilities, and talents.

Learn more about job shadowing and internship opportunities for high school and college students.

High School and College Opportunities

High School Students

Job Shadowing (observorship) at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides unpaid learning opportunities to help individuals learn about healthcare career options and skills required in specific occupations.

Participants have the opportunity to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by the healthcare professional they are shadowing; participants are not permitted to perform work of any kind, including patient care. Shadowing experience is usually one half day to two days in length due to the high number of students.

General Criteria

  • Students must attend a school (college/university or school district) covered by an affiliation agreement. We can check this for you.
  • High school: Students must be at least 14 years of age and a current high school student to participate in an observation. Students age 14 or older and in high school may shadow in outpatient clinics and office settings. Student age 16 or older may job shadow in some inpatient areas. Select areas only allow college students.
  • Requests must be submitted a minimum of four weeks before the requested date of observation.
  • All Nationwide Children’s paperwork must be completed in full before a student can shadow or intern.
  • Professional appearance: business casual, no jeans, hats, T-shirts or open-toe shoes. School uniforms permitted.
  • Follow all Nationwide Children’s Hospital policies.
  • No photography or social media permitted.
  • Follow all security rules.

Parking

Parking is free in our student parking lot located at 430 E. Mound Street and shuttle service is provided to the hospital.

The Process

All shadow and internships for high school students must be coordinated by the school. We do not accept individual student requests. Shadowing and internships must be school directed/requirements.
 
Shadow and internship coordinators can request opportunities for their students by calling (614) 355-0678 or emailing StudentShadowing@NationwideChildrens.org. Email correspondence is highly encouraged.
College Students

Job Shadowing (observorship) at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides unpaid learning opportunities to help individuals learn about healthcare career options and skills required in specific occupations.

Participants have the opportunity to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by the healthcare professional they are shadowing; participants are not permitted to perform work of any kind, including patient care. Shadowing experience is usually one half day to two days in length due to the high number of students.

College internships provide eligible students with unpaid practical hands-on work experience in a professional health care setting in order to enhance learning. Internships provide career awareness, experience that helps secure future employment, professional networking contacts, makes classroom learning more interesting and helps the student develop self-confidence as they identify skills, abilities, and talents. Students may apply for paid internship positions posted on the Nationwide Children's career website.

Learn more about career exploration opportunities at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

General Criteria

  • Students must attend a school (college/university or school district) covered by an affiliation agreement. We can check this for you.
  • Requests must be submitted a minimum of four weeks before the requested date of observation.
  • Internship applicants must apply a minimum of six weeks before the requested start date.
  • All Nationwide Children’s paperwork must be completed in full before a student can shadow or intern.
  • Professional appearance: business casual, no jeans, hats, T-shirts or open-toe shoes. School uniforms permitted.
  • Follow all Nationwide Children’s Hospital policies.
  • No photography or social media permitted.
  • Follow all security rules.

Parking

Parking is free in our student parking lot located at 430 E. Mound Street and shuttle service is provided to the hospital.

The Process

  • Priority is given to students who need experiences to graduate (as part of their curriculum), those who require experience to apply for professional school and areas of priority set by individual hospital departments.
  • College students can apply online using the form below. Check with your program. Some programs work through an instructor for placements.
  • Internships MUST be a school requirement (class or requirement for graduation).

College students only: Please fill out the student shadowing application form linked below. 

For more information, call: (614) 355-0678 or email StudentShadowing@NationwideChildrens.org.

Access the Student Shadowing Application