Student Nurse Externships

Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in the CHKD Nursing Student Summer Externship Program. We at CHKD are very excited about this program and look forward to a summer of exploration, learning and professional growth for all involved.

These instructions provide the information you need to complete the application process. Please read them carefully. If you have any questions or concerns not covered in these instructions, you can call Linda Grasmick (Extern Program Coordinator) at 757-668-8463. After receiving your application, we will contact you to arrange a telephone interview.

Applications received by February 15th will be processed first and a decision reached by March 31st. Applications received after February 15th will be given full consideration based on the remaining spaces available. However, please note that in past years, candidates meeting the February 15th deadline have filled all available positions.

All application materials should be sent to CHKD at the following address:

Nurse Recruitment Department (Nursing Student Extern Program)
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
601 Children’s Lane
Norfolk, VA 23507
  1. CHKD Application Form
    Please apply online for the externship position. The position that you are looking for is titled “Nurse Extern”. Other forms necessary for your application can be printed, completed and mailed to the address given above.
  2. Resume
    The official employment application form does not provide much room for you to list student activities, honors, previous employment, etc. that you might like to include. We therefore ask that you submit a resume to help us get to know you a little better. It can be in whatever format you choose, but should include all of your contact information as well as your basic educational and employment information.
  3. Two References
    Please ask two people to submit letters of recommendation in support of your application. One of these recommendations must come from a nursing clinical instructor. If your school uses a standard form or if your references prefer to write free-form letters, that is fine with us. You may use whatever form or format you and your references prefer. If your references have no established preferences, we have provided a standard form that may help simplify the process for you.
  4. Official Transcript
    Arrange for your school to send us a copy of your official transcript. This will serve to verify for us that you are a nursing student in good standing at your school and that you are making satisfactory progress toward graduation. Because we understand that your transcript may take a while to arrive, we will not delay the processing of your application while we wait.
  5. Clinical Nursing Course Summary Form
    Because we know that transcripts may arrive late and because they may contain little detail about the courses taken, we ask you to complete the “Clinical Nursing Course Summary” form. Simply list and briefly describe the nursing courses you will have completed that included a clinical practice component prior to the start of the Summer Extern Program. Include only those courses that included a patient care clinical rotation. It is not necessary to include other types of courses.
  6. Statement of Student Objectives
    We would like to know what you hope to learn from your participation in the Summer Extern Program. This information will help us assure a “good fit” between what we can provide and the expectations of the participants. Please submit a brief essay (1 page) on why you are applying to the program and what you hope to gain from the experience.