HELP Program Open to College Students Interested In Healthcare Careers

Published February 10, 2017

If you’re a college student—or know one—who is interested in a career in the healthcare field, Burke's summer HELP program might be the perfect fit. 

Burke’s Health Experience Learning Program (HELP) is designed to provide student- interns with an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of a patient care delivery system using the team approach. HELP has been offered at Burke since 1976 and is geared towards students interested in a career in medicine, nursing, physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Today, the program welcomes about 20 students for 12 weeks each summer.

The goals of HELP are two-fold:

  • To provide students with exposure to various careers within the health care profession through hands-on experienced
  • To provide students with the background to make a realistic career choice.

These goals are met by requiring each student to attend a comprehensive nursing attendant orientation, composed of classroom and clinical learning experience. Following orientation, each student is assigned to one of five specialty units, including:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cardio/Pulmonary
  • Orthopedic/Amputee

During the internship, students can gain first-hand experience in caring for patients and their families, as they deal with a life-changing illness, injury or surgery. The student can be involved in health teaching as well as learning, thanks to lectures provided by speakers who are specialists in different health care professions. Students will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with nursing staff and physicians. Students have gone on to become physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants and therapists working in a variety of health care settings.

Some other important details about the program:

Housing: There are a limited number of dormitory facilities available to students, free of charge. The dorms are furnished and have laundry facilities located in the building. Students supply their own linens and towels.

Meals: Students are encouraged to eat in the staff cafeteria, where meals are sold at a reduced price.

Recreation: There are a track and gym located on Burke’s 61-acre campus. There are also a number of stores, restaurants and recreational activities located within walking distance to the hospital and in the city of White Plains. 

Salary: Students are paid a competitive wage for a 35-hour work week. Uniform jackets are also provided.

To learn more about the program, call (914) 597-2383 or visit

To apply, visit Burke’s career page at Space is limited so be sure to apply early. 


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