Main Line Health is now offering the unique opportunity to 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 partner with a Registered Nurse and have your own assignment. Typical responsibilities include AM care, PM care, EKGs, blood glucose monitoring and finger sticks, but may vary depending on the unit. Phlebotomy training may be an option for those students working year-round.

Opportunities available

  • System travel and agility team nurse extern—continuous recruitment throughout the year, based on department needs
  • Unit-based nurse extern—Position posted in the beginning of the spring semester (January/February) each year with start dates in May/June


  • Actively enrolled in an accredited RN or BSN program
  • Ability to meet a 16 hour per month commitment once training is completed
    • Unit-based 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.

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the requirements to be eligible to apply?

  • What clinical areas are available?

  • What are the hours/shifts available?

  • When can I start working?

  • What is the orientation like?

  • What Main Line Health hospitals participate in the program?

Thank you for your interest in Main Line Health's Nurse Externship Program!