Education & Training

Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center and SEARHC clinics in Southeast Alaska provide internships and careers in 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 planned or current degree program, college/vocational credit may be applicable.

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


  • Hands-on experience
  • Continued learning
  • Ongoing support and evaluation

For more information on all education and training programs email

Student Nursing Assistant Training Program

Get Free Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training in Wrangell Apply to Wrangell Medical Center’s CNA training program today!

Classes begin July 15.

If you would like to contribute to the greater health of our community and get paid while receiving free nursing assistant training, we would love to hear from you.

Pre-register online or visit the Wrangell Medical Center and ask for Tammy White at the front desk. Questions? Contact 907.874.7101

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Dental Assistant Training Program

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Dental Assistant Training Program prepares individuals for professional career placement in dentistry. Within a few months, you will develop the skills and knowledge for new career opportunities through this paid training program.


  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be 18 years or age or older

Course Components

The two to four month course combines academic and hands on clinical training on the SEARHC campus.

Your paid training will include:

  • Academic classroom instruction
  • Learning materials (including textbooks)
  • Training in a state-of-the-art dental clinic
  • Knowledge of dental disease and prevention
  • Professional customer service skills
  • Four-handed dental assistant skills
  • Proper infection control practices
  • Dental radiology
  • Computerized dental charting
  • Delivering oral hygiene instructions to patients

Core Competencies Gained:

Upon completion of the program you will receive:

  • Indian Health Service certificate in radiology
  • Introduction to Dental Assistant certificate
  • Eligibility for continued employment at SEARHC
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High School Internship

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 Talent Acquisition Partner or your high school counselor to get more information on preparing for a career in health.
  • Ethel Lund VHOP– The Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP) is to expose Native students from the rural communities to as many different health careers as possible.  Submit a VHOP online application plus VHOP online recommendations.
  • 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?

Core Competencies Gained:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Explore a career path
  • Give yourself an edge in the job market
  • Develop and refine skills
  • Network with professionals in the field
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College/Grad School Student Opportunity

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

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

Core Competencies Gained:

  • Inpatient pharmacy experience
  • Ambulatory pharmacy experience
  • Clinical pharmacy experience
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