Project H.O.P.E. (Health Occupations Preparatory Experience) is a four-week, paid summer internship program offered to high school students at health care facilities within the student’s local community. Students who are first-generation college bound, from rural areas, or from populations that are under-represented in the health professions are encouraged to apply. Student interns rotate through several settings within one facility to gain maximum exposure to a variety of health professions.
Project H.O.P.E. interns receive a stipend for participating in the program. The stipend is paid at the end of the internship and upon receipt of a journal documenting the student’s activities in the health care setting.
- Be a current high school junior or senior
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
- Comply with state workplace requirements
- Undergo a Washington State Patrol background check
- Have or obtain a social security number by the application deadline
- Be a resident of Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, or Yakima counties.
Space is extremely limited, and the selection process is competitive.
Read former participant journals here to learn more about life as a Project HOPE intern