Nurse Extern Program

A paid opportunity to increase your skills and gain experience before you graduate.

As a Summer Nurse Extern at Centra you will partner with an experienced nurse preceptor and work as a contributing staff member of the patient care team. You will gain a wealth of skills and experiences that will help you prepare for your future career in nursing.

Centra’s Summer Nurse Externship program is an 8-week paid program. Summer Nurse Externs will attend orientation during the first week. Externs will be assigned a preceptor and will follow the preceptor’s schedule for 7 weeks, working up to 40 hours per week.

  • Centra’s Nurse Extern Program is offered annually during the summer.
  • Applicants into the Summer Nurse Extern Program must be within one year of their anticipated graduation date at the start of the program.
  • ADN and BSN students are invited to apply.

For more information about the program including the program start date, application deadline and decision/offer dates, email

Positions are available at Centra’s hospitals and outpatient facilities which include:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Intermediate Care/Critical Care
  • Maternal-Child Areas
  • Procedural Areas
  • BehavioralHealth
  • Emergency Department
  • Outpatient Facilities

Why Students Choose Centra’s Nurse Externship Program

  • Develop/enhance technical and critical thinking skills in delivering patient care
  • Reduce“reality shock”in the student’s first career role as a Registered Nurse
  • Provide externs with the opportunity to become part of a team before graduation
  • Increase the number of new graduate applicants with more experience
  • Provide the student and clinical team the opportunity to partner together to provide excellent care to our patients and community.

How to Apply