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Health care provides career opportunities in nearly every field, whether you’re working in a hospital or clinic directly with patients, or behind the scenes in a medical or operational role.  Essentia Health prides itself in developing the next generation of health care workers. We are committed to offering a personalized work experience like nowhere else, encouraging and supporting all employees to meet their individual and career goals while living their calling.

Heath Care Career Paths

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Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is a great way to see a day in the life of a career you’re interested in.

Essentia offers job shadowing opportunities to those interested in exploring a career in health care. Job shadowing is observation-only experiences and are typically up to 16 hours. If you are looking for a longer experience, please consider volunteering or employment. We offer many opportunities that are part-time, flexible, and great for exploring health care careers.

The first step to request a job shadow experience is to set up a free account in Clinician Nexus.

Once your account is created, you can apply for a job shadow using the following links:

Once your application and all required documents are submitted, we will reach out to confirm next steps.

High School Student Programs

Whether you are an educator helping guide students into future careers, or a student wanting to explore different fields, we invite you to Explore Essentia!

Essentia Health partners with local schools in our communities to connect students to health care careers by providing:

  • Speakers
  • Presentations
  • Mock interviews
  • Career fairs
  • Lunch and learns
  • Scrubs Camps
  • Support to academy-model schools

We invite you to connect with us at WorkforceDevelopment@EssentiaHealth.org to begin collaborating.

Continuing Education

Experience professional growth and development as an Essentia employee. Essentia offers opportunities to expand your skills and abilities, allowing you to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. Create your own career path through specialization and advancement within Essentia for long-term career fulfillment. Access education and training opportunities at Essentia, including:

  • Computer skills learning labs
  • Clinical skill-building simulation lab
  • Continuing Education Units
  • E-learning, classroom, and multimedia resources
  • Leadership skill-building and toolkits
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Grant Tuition Opportunities
  • Quality and service improvement tools
  • Mentoring

Candidates with Post-Secondary Education 

Essentia Health partners with post-secondary schools throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. We connect with students through lunch and learns, speakers, advisory board members, instructors, and career fairs. In addition, we provide a variety of job-based opportunities, including Clinical Rotations and Internships.

We strongly encourage students who are interested in health care careers to learn more by considering volunteering or employment. We offer many opportunities that are part-time, flexible, and great for exploring health care careers.

Essentia Institute of Rural Health

As Essentia’s research and education center, the Essentia Institute of Rural Health (EIRH) is focused on anticipating, guiding, and preparing for the future of health care; particularly in the largely rural communities it serves. The team at EIRH facilitates the training of the future health care workforce, delivers evidence-based education and resources to inform clinical and business decisions, and engages in research that advances scientific knowledge, improves patient outcomes, and helps improve the health and vitality of our communities.

Essentia is committed to educating our future health care colleagues. Each year Essentia provides over 480,000 hours of training to thousands of medical, nursing, therapy, health sciences, and health care business students and professionals. Learn more about clinical placements, internships, residencies, and fellowships at Education & Research | Essentia Institute of Rural Health | Essentia Health.

Student Placements & Internships

If you’re a student or resident, looking for a clinical placement or internship, Essentia Health can help you. To be eligible for a clinical placement or internship at Essentia, you must be a student enrolled at an accredited academic program that requires the placement or internship experience.

Preferred Educational Partners​

Essentia has designated a number of colleges and universities as preferred partners for internships and clinical rotations. These schools were chosen based on the quality of academic programs, geographic location and the institution's working relationship with Essentia.

If you are interested in doing your internship or clinical rotation with Essentia, keep in mind students from these schools are given priority over students from other schools.

Clinical Placement Process

All clinical placements at Essentia Health are coordinated through our health science and medical education office. Do not directly contact our physicians or staff to request a placement or internship.

Ask your program’s placement coordinator to email StudentPlacement@EssentiaHealth.org to explore opportunities that may be right for you. 

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