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Opportunities for Nursing Students

Apply your classroom learning to a hands-on clinical setting with Cone Health’s Nurse Extern Program. You’ll benefit from the knowledge and guidance of experienced registered nurses as you work together to care for patients.

Student Nurse Summer Externship

Spend seven weeks during the summer working as an extern a Cone Health hospital. During your externship, you’ll:

  • Work side-by-side with an experienced registered nurse (RN) to care for a specific patient population
  • Shadow RNs in other areas, if desired
  • Take advantage of staff education opportunities

At the end of the program, you may apply for relief positions at Cone Health.

Extern at a Magnet® Designated Hospital

You’ll be assigned to Annie Penn Hospital, Behavioral Health Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital or Women’s Hospital. All five facilities hold Magnet® designation, which means you can expect a collaborative workplace that provides high-quality patient care and supports your education, professional growth and leadership development.

Externships are also available at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, NC which has the same focus on high-quality care and educational support as the other Cone Health facilities. 

Clinical Specialties We Offer

Indicate your clinical preferences when you apply to the program. You may request placement in:

  • Behavioral health
  • Critical care (intensive care unit, or ICU)
  • Emergency department
  • Intermediate care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Medical-surgical (neurosciences, orthopedics, renal, telemetry, etc.)
  • Mother/baby
  • Neonatal intensive care (NICU)
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s unit

Who Can Be a Nurse Extern?

You may apply for the Nurse Extern Program you are:

  • Must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Associates Degree in Nursing program
  • Listed as a Nurse Aide I and II with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry and North Carolina Board of Nursing before the program begins (You may apply while waiting for Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, listings.)
  • Available to work 36 to 40 hours per week throughout the program; you may be asked to work evening, night or rotating shifts

Learn More

For more information about the program, contact Cassandra Galloway, RN (336-832-4369) or Lobel Lurie, RN (336-832-2401)

Apply to the Nurse Extern Program

To apply for Cone Health’s Nurse Extern Program, follow these steps:

Applications are accepted Oct. 31 to Nov. 23. For information about the application process and status, email our talent acquisition manager or call 866-266-3767.