Student Nurse Externships

Transitioning from the classroom to a career can be challenging. You can get a head start on your nursing career by taking advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the rewarding world of pediatric nursing.


The Program's Features

Earn as you learn during your summer break while working in our caring environment under the guidance of a nurse preceptor. Our nurse externs are placed on one of our many unique units that may include: general medical and surgical nursing, NICU, PICU, ED, rehab, or perioperative. Key program features include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Clinical practice plus classroom experiences
  • Optional observational opportunities on all CHKD units
  • A combination of 8- or 12-hour shifts, with day-night rotation and occasional weekend shifts
  • Open to BSN nursing students who have completed at least 2 semesters of clinicals and are in good standing at an accredited school of nursing
  • Program dates: mid-May through mid-August (10 weeks)

Application Process

The Nursing Student Extern II job application will be posted on the CHKD website (under “Careers”) in November with an application deadline of February 15. All of the documents required must be mailed together in one packet (incomplete or separate packages will not be considered with exception of transcripts and CHKDHS’ online reference assessment):

  • Resume – A formal resume listing job experience, student activities, and any honors received.
  • Two references – If you are selected to proceed further in our process, an e-mail from our on-line reference company will be sent to you. In addition, if you wish to submit written letter of recommendations, please do so in whatever format you and your reference prefer. We ask that you include at least one nursing clinical instructor reference.
  • Official transcript – Please arrange for your school to prepare and send you a copy of your official transcript. This will serve to verify that you are a nursing student in good standing and that you are making satisfactory progress toward graduation.
  • Nursing course summary form – Because we know that transcripts may contain little detail about the courses taken, we ask you to complete our nursing course summary form. List and briefly describe the nursing courses you will have completed by May.
  • Statement of student objectives – We would like to know what you hope to gain from your participation in this program. This information will help us assure a good fit between what we can provide and the expectations of the participants. Your statement can be very brief, and can be included in a common cover letter to your resume.

Except for the on-line application, which goes directly to the CHKD recruiter, all of these five documents must be mailed together in one packet. Your transcripts should be sealed and tamper-free.


Application packets should be sent to:

Nursing Talent Acquisition Specialist

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

601 Children’s Lane

Norfolk, VA 23507