Professional Nursing Externship Program

Main Line Health is now offering the unique opportunity to current nursing students to gain valuable, hands-on clinical experience while having the flexibility to manage their school and personal life. We are offering part time, year-round paid positions on all shifts in most clinical specialties. This is an exceptional opportunity to prepare for the clinical setting after graduation.

Our Nurse Extern Program is designed for anyone currently enrolled in a nursing program. You will have the opportunity to work as a patient care technician on one of our acute care units and gain hands on experience assisting nurses in patient care. Typical responsibilities include AM care, PM care, EKGs, blood glucose monitoring, finger sticks, phlebotomy and more!

Opportunities available

  • System travel and agility team nurse extern — STAT Nurse Externs are hired into Main Line Health’s internal float pool, allowing nursing students to gain experience on a variety of different units with patient populations. Candidates must be available to travel to all of our award-winning hospitals.
  • Unit-based nurse extern — Nurse externs hired for unit-based positions will work on a specific unit/hospital in a nursing support role. This position allows nursing students to work alongside their unit team members and gain acute care skills, as well as confidence in providing quality patient care.


  • Actively enrolled in an accredited RN diploma, ASN or BSN program
  • Ability to work year round — Hours requirement: 24 hours per week commitment during the summer (June/July/August) and 16 hours per month during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Ability to work evenings, nights and weekend (Saturday and Sunday) shifts

Why choose Main Line Health for your nursing externship?

Main Line Health offers our communities the latest technology in a compassionate environment and gives the people who provide that care the best opportunities to learn, grow and prosper. It takes a team to care. Main Line Health provides the perfect environment for the nursing student who wants to develop and/or strengthen their clinical skills, while acquiring workplace experience.

Consider the benefits of working for a Main Line Health hospital

  • Paid classroom and clinical orientation
  • Available in a variety of clinical settings
  • 1:1 precepting/training
  • Teaching facility with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Flexible scheduling including weekend program
  • Competitive salary
  • Free parking
  • No city wage tax

How to apply

Submit your application for the current nurse externship position listed on our careers page. Included in your application should be your updated resume that reflects your anticipate graduation date from your nursing program. Once you apply, your application will be reviewed by our talent acquisition team. Due to the high volume of applicants, you will only be contacted if you are selected for an interview. Status updates will be provided.

Submit an application

Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements to be eligible to apply?

Enrollment in an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program.

What clinical areas are available?

Externs are hired into various clinical areas depending on open positions and may be able to pick up shifts in other units.

What are the hours/shifts available?

The most common shifts for nurse externs are evening, night, and weekend shifts (Saturday and Sunday).

Hours requirement (minimum): 24 hours per week commitment during the summer (June/July/August) after training/precepting is successfully completed and 16 hours per month during the fall and spring semesters, with the option of picking up additional hours. 

When can I start working?

If offered a position, nurse externs can start their employment either during a standard 1 week, day shift orientation or an accelerated weekend orientation. All onboarding and pre-employment requirements such as a health screen, background check and professional references must be completed before starting employment.

What is the orientation like?

Each extern will complete four days of virtual and classroom training and a day and a half of Main Line Health orientation. Externs will then begin an orientation on the unit with a preceptor. Externs work with their manager, educator and preceptor to determine a clinical orientation schedule.

What Main Line Health hospitals participate in the program?

All five of the Main Line Health entities participate in the nurse extern program: