Internship Overview

Palomar Health's Pathmaker Internship provides pre-health students with the opportunity to explore diverse career paths within our organization through a competency-based approach to learning. In a matter of months, our interns gain hands-on experience, connect with peers, network with professionals, and foster personal development, as they prepare to enter the healthcare workforce. 

Clinical Opportunities

The Pathmaker Internship provides opportunities for students interested in experiencing the clinical environment in one of our three hospital campuses (Palomar Medical Center Escondido, Palomar Medical Center Poway, or one of our many outpatient facilities). 

Level I (High School)

  • Current HS students, ages 16-18

  • 96 hour (6-month) commitment

  • Available at Palomar Medical Center Escondido 

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Level II (College/Adult)

  • Ages 18 and up

  • 240 (15-month) commitment

  • Available at Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway

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Medical Interpreting Program

The Pathmaker Internship also offers our Medical Interpreting program (Level III) for fluent Spanish-language speakers who are interested in acting as the bridge to provide safe communication between patients, visitors and staff.

Level III (Medical Interpreting)

  • Ages 18 and up

  • Fluent in Spanish

  • Language Proficiency Exam and 32-hour Interpreting training provided

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“This experience changed my life. It really solidified my career path. I participated in this program my senior year of high school and I feel that it really prepared me for nursing school, which I am in now. The nurses, patients, families, other interns, and medical staff were all so helpful and made this experience more than just an internship but really an educational opportunity. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to work on different floors in the hospital during the nine months I was in the program...I had some trying experiences in this internship as well, but I feel like they helped me grow and mature (even just as a 17 year old senior in high school) and looking back I think they helped shaped me to becoming the nursing student I am, and eventual RN I will be.” — College Graduate, Future Nursing Student

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