Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and SEARHC clinics in Southeast Alaska provide internships and careers in Native health care including pharmacy externships. High school and college students are encouraged to explore SEARHC education opportunities.

Are you interested in starting a career in the health field?  

SEARHC hosts a competitive summer internship program open to high school graduates, college students, and graduate students. Depending upon your prospective or current degree program, college/vocational credit may be applicable.

Apply today at SEARHC Student & Volunteer Opportunities. The number of internships available is limited.

High School


Most students are not aware of how many different kinds of jobs there are in the health care field and aren’t sure where to begin learning about them.


What can I do while I’m still in high school to help prepare for a career in health?

  • Attend the Della Keats Program for Alaska Native high school students interested in health careers or apply for a summer student health internship.
  • Sign up for the weeklong SEARHC Village Health Occupations Program and learn about health careers as part of your high school studies.
  • Take as many science and math classes as you can at your high school.
  • Talk to the SEARHC Tribal Recruitment Coordinator or your high school counselor to get more information on preparing for a career in health.
  • SEARHC Dental Program for high school students – exposes Native students from the rural communities to the dental health careers available.
  • SEARHC Summer Internships – The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Summer Internship Program provides work experience for tribal members attending high school, college, or technical programs who are interested in pursuing a career in health care. How do I apply?



Dental Assistant Training Program

SEARHC is continually looking for dental assistants to meet the needs of our growing dental program. For those interested in starting a career as a dental assistant, check out the SEARHC Dental Assistant Training Program.

The role of a dental assistant is the most varied in the dental office and requires both interpersonal and technical skills. Responsibilities may include assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures, such as taking and developing dental x-rays, asking patients about their medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse, infection control, making patients feel at ease during their appointment, and much more.

This is an excellent opportunity with many job opportunities for those with the proper training. Additionally, health care related careers typically offer good pay and employee benefits, as well as the satisfaction of helping others.

The basic requirements to participate in the SEARHC Dental Assistant Training Program include having a high school diploma or GED and the ability to pass a drug test.

For more information, please call 463-4089.

College/Grad School Students

In addition to Summer Internships SEARHC offers several externships each year for pharmacy students. SEARHC Pharmacy Student Externships at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital focus on inpatient, ambulatory, and clinical pharmacy.

For additional information pharmacy students can contact Kati McAfee, PharmD by email at

Contact / More Information

To request more information about SEARHC education opportunities, please contact:

SEARHC Recruitment
Phone: (907) 966-8311