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Why Intern with HCA?

When it comes to gaining real-world experience and developing life skills for the future, HCA Healthcare offers interns a unique opportunity to learn and network with the best. HCA Healthcare facilities provide more than 27 million exceptional patient experiences each year. Our employees provide services and support in a variety of healthcare environments, from hospitals to physician practices to surgery centers all across the United States and beyond.

HCA Healthcare offers outstanding opportunities with both internship programs for undergraduates and full-time employment in a wide range of both clinical and non-clinical roles for post grads.

Take advantage of these opportunities to network, grow personally and professionally and gain real-world, life skills for the future:

IT Pathways Internship

Join our team and learn how technology and healthcare work hand-in-hand. Get hands-on experience with projects improving the experience of patients around the country, plus get exposure to senior leaders within HCA Healthcare.

HCA Healthcare's IT Pathways Internship is a talent pipeline program to recruit outstanding talent for associate positions within our Information Technology & Services (IT&S) department. We identify need within the IT organization and work with colleges and universities to find that talent. Each summer we look for upperclassman or graduate students with top-notch academics for the 12-week internship in the Middle Tennessee area.

Recruit high-potential IT talent at the university level to build a talent pipeline into the organization
Current juniors and first-year Master's-level students
Program size
20 interns
12-week internship in Nashville, TN starting in mid-May
Application process
Online applications available in late November
Why you might be interested
  • Exposure to both IT and healthcare fields
  • Social events
  • Hands-on projects
  • Networking with senior leaders
  • Capstone presentation to IT leadership
  • Mentor element
  • Professional development sessions

World-class IT

For decades, we have been pioneers in the industry, supplying systems and solutions to thousands of healthcare businesses across the US and UK and leading the transformation of healthcare into a new era of quality and connectivity.

With over 4,500 employees, we use the breadth of our organization and depth of our technical expertise to advance and enhance today's healthcare, to enable our physicians and clinicians to provide world-class, innovative care for patients,. It's this noble cause that makes us and keeps us Healthcare Inspired.

For a more in-depth look into IT&S's strategy, structure, accomplishments and solutions, check out and follow what's happening with #healthcareinspired.

Meet Shakoya, an HCA IT Pathways intern

What is your degree? What is your alma mater?
I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems from Tennessee State University.

How do you describe your current role to friends and family?
As an information protection analyst, I describe my current role as a liaison between HCA decision-makers and the HCA workforce. Specifically, my role involves determining who will have access to data in our enterprise data warehouse. To do this, I perform and review various audits to ensure users have correct credentials and are requesting the necessary data required to perform their role.

What about HCA made you want to work here?
I wanted to work at HCA because of the healthy workplace environment! I have the opportunity to work in a team-oriented department with colleagues who are always willing to help one another and treat one another like family. As well, my team has incredibly open-minded leaders. Finally, I wanted to work at HCA because I know the work I do each day is helping not only the company, but the patients we serve.

What was unexpected about being an intern with HCA?
As an intern, I was not expecting to meet vice presidents from across the company. Being exposed to and asking questions of those executives is a very rare experience at any company and one that I'll never forget.

What was the most interesting project you worked on as an intern?
An interesting project I worked on as an intern was creating a training program for other interns on electronic security forms. I built the training based on the steps I took on a daily basis to provide users with access to applications. Not only did I have the opportunity to design the training, but also teach another intern. I spent time with the intern and walked him through the education until he was able to successfully perform the steps on his own.

How has HCA shaped your professional path or helped you grow in your career?
HCA has helped shaped my professional path and career growth in many ways, but most importantly HCA has increased my confidence in written and verbal communication as well as my ability to work independently. In my current role, I must communicate with senior leaders across the organization. From my internship and learning from colleagues, I now have the confidence to communicate appropriately to various audiences on a day-to-day basis. I know that communication is the key to relationship-building and will help my success in my current role and future roles I may perform.

Why should someone apply for an IT Pathways internship?
Someone should apply for an IT Pathways internship if they want an opportunity to be challenged, learn more about themselves, be exposed to technology and the corporate environment, and develop skills learned from hands-on experience.

What should someone know about HCA before joining our team?
Before joining the HCA team you should know that no matter what your job is, do it with passion because the work you do, in some way, will impact HCA patients. We live our mission: "Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life."

Accounting Internship

Join our Physician Services Group to experience the business of healthcare as a financial services intern. Experiences range from accounting and purchasing to financial quality assurance. You'll learn firsthand the intricacies of accounting with a unique perspective from those serving our patients daily.

Partner with Physician Services in general financial reporting and operational tasks
Juniors, seniors, and masters-level students preferred
Program size
4-5 interns
8-12 week internship in Brentwood, TN with option to participate in spring, summer, or fall
Application process
Application to be posted in the fall
Why you might be interested
  • Dynamic work with corporate healthcare
  • Opportunities for professional progression
  • Exposure to accounting, financial quality assurance, purchasing and more
Performance Improvement Engineering Internship

Join our team as a Performance Improvement Intern. We're looking for top engineering talent to work in clinical settings across the country and help shape how our processes operate. Get incredible insight into healthcare while improving patient experiences as you take on leadership roles and projects.

Provide support to HCA's Performance Improvement team in field placements around the country
Juniors, seniors and masters-level engineering students
Program size
15 interns
10 week long internship in various US locations
Application process
Online applications will be available in the fall
Why you might be interested
  • Focus on defining problems, collecting data, analysis and making recommendations
  • Independent work and collaboration with leadership
  • Richmond, VA
  • Austin, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Kansas City, MO
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Charleston, SC
  • Franklin, TN
  • Brentwood, TN
  • St. Petersburg/Tampa, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

Meet Lexie, Performance Improvement Engineering Intern

University: University of Oklahoma

What is your degree?
How do you use it in your role? My degree is a B.S. in chemical engineering. The data analysis, computer simulation experience and Excel experience that I gained while earning that degree were the foundations of my work at HCA.

Why did you choose to work at HCA?
I chose to work at HCA because the internship role of performance improvement engineer intern was a great way to kick off my graduate engineering management education the following semester, and because the internship provided me with a valuable opportunity to work independently and make a meaningful contribution to Oklahoma University Medical Center.

Provide an overview of your internship experience.
I worked on improving patient flow through the adult emergency room (ER) by identifying changes that could be made to patient care processes. I worked very closely with ER administration and staff to understand each step of patient care and ways it could be improved. I also created a computer simulation of the ER using FlexSim Healthcare software to determine whether the software would be a useful tool for HCA.

What is the most interesting project you have had the chance to work on?
The most interesting project I got the chance to work on during my internship was building the computer simulation of the ER. I had to understand each step of patient care for many different types of patients, as well as the number of patients and staff in the ER throughout the day. My work resulted in a broad comprehensive model of the ER that simulated the waiting room queue and average length of stay for patients. I could then vary the number of staff or other resources available to gauge the effect on the ER patients.

What have you learned about HCA from working here?
What have you come to appreciate? I learned about the structure of HCA, as well as the support it provides to the hospitals and the standards it implements to ensure high-quality patient care. I've really come to appreciate how working with the doctors, nurses and administration allowed us to come up with solutions that directly improved patients' experience in the ER by focusing on opportunities that would affect the most people in the most positive manner.

What type of person would you suggest look into applying to this internship in the future?
I think the Performance Improvement engineering internship is great for engineers who want to work with many different types of people. One of my favorite things about the internship is that I was working to directly impact the patients, which gave me a sense of purpose with my work.

Community Partners Internship

If you're a part of a community organization in Nashville, this might be the perfect internship. We're looking for diverse talent from a wide range of backgrounds to be nominated by their community organization. Intern with us for exposure to corporate healthcare and an opportunity to develop your professional path.

Partner with community agencies to offer internships to students from diverse backgrounds
Undergraduate students
Program size
30 interns
  • Application process begins in the fall
  • 8 week program starting in early June
Application process
Must be referred from a participating community agency Partner organizations:
  • TriState Minority Supplier Development Counsel (TMSDC)
  • Tennessee State University
  • Fisk University
  • YMCA Black Achievers
  • YMCA Latino Achievers
  • Urban League
  • In Full Motion
  • KIPP Academy
  • American Baptist College
Why you might be interested
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Mentorship
  • Exposure across the organization based on future goals
  • Social Events
  • Hands-on projects
  • Networking with Senior Leaders

Tax Internship

Join our team as a tax intern! Consider a summer or semester internship with us to learn firsthand about tax code and responsibility, as well as HCA Healthcare's federal income tax return. Plus, develop corporate finance skills to take your career to the next level.

Train interns for staff responsibility in HCA's consolidated federal income tax return
Juniors, seniors and masters level students with accounting major
Program size
6 interns
12-week program at the corporate office in Nashville, TN with mid-May start date
Application process
Online applications available in the fall
Why you might be interested
  • Real-life, hands-on tax experience in a large corporate department
  • Same level of training as full time staff
  • Exposure to corporate and partnership tax returns
  • Experience working for multiple reviewers
Internal Audit Internship

Many financial professionals today begin their career by obtaining audit experience. As an Internal Audit Intern, you will learn many aspects of our company and see first hand how effective a team approach can be in today's business world.

pplication process
Candidates can submit resumes at Meet the Firm events attended by department
  • Accounting major with completion of intermediate accounting coursework
  • Minimum GPA 3.3
  • Eligible to sit for the CPA exam upon graduation
  • Proficient with spreadsheet and word processing software
  • Good communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to work well with deadlines and related time pressure
  • Ability to travel up to 25 percent
Spring, summer and fall start dates available
Team environment
As a way of encouraging staff member involvement at all levels, we take a team approach to our auditing. You will see firsthand how effective this approach can be in today's business world.
Many financial professionals today begin their career by obtaining audit experience. Our department offers tremendous opportunity in a number of areas. An Internal Audit professional will learn many aspects of the company. Depending on the audit team and assignments, an internal auditor can gain experience in the areas of finance, operations, information systems, regulatory compliance and much more.
Internal Audit recognizes the importance and value of mentoring. All department employees are assigned an experienced staff member as a mentor. Mentors are a combination teacher/coach/ confidant/counselor.
You will work on a variety of assignments with a number of different supervisors and staff. This will provide you exposure to varying experience levels and leadership styles. Also, rest assured, not every audit assignment will be the same. You will learn and grow as you are exposed to different hospitals, projects and audit teams.
As with all of our professionals, you will be given the tools and training you need to do your job. This includes utilizing one of the latest applications in automated work paper technology.
Upon completion of each audit assignment, you will receive valuable feedback from your supervisor. Performance evaluations are designed to help you develop and grow as a professional.
Most of your audit experience will take place in Nashville. When you do travel, the majority of our hospitals are located in or near major U.S. cities. Our travel schedules are structured to have you and your teammates leave on Monday morning and return by Friday afternoon. We get you home in time to enjoy your weekends as you wish. However, if you enjoyed your audit destination, you may wish to take advantage of cost-savings opportunities to stay the weekend.
Professional certification exam prep
Approximately 65-70 percent of our professionals are certified in various financial, audit and information system areas. To help you meet your professional goals, CPA and other certification exam review materials will be made available to you for self-study.
Your first week will consist of classroom training and self-study. This training will include an overview of upcoming job responsibilities, as well as software applications. As you begin to work on audit assignments, one-on-one training from our experienced staff will get you well on your way.
The Sarah Cannon Internship Program Internship

The Sarah Cannon Internship Program was created to identify and develop high quality students who are entering their final year of study, whether it be an undergraduate or graduate degree. We want these individuals to join us for a minimum of 12 weeks by participating in a summer, co-op, part-time, or full-time capacity based on their availability. With a successful internship, we have high hopes of converting students into colleagues upon graduation.

This intern program is being developed. Once available, the position will be posted on

We Care for Our Communities.

In addition to the valuable work experience interns gain during the internship program, interns are also encouraged to take part in the many ways HCA gives back to the communities we serve. Take a moment to learn more about how we care for our communities.

HCA has a long and rich history of caring for our communities through contributions, HCA Foundation investments and employee participation in locally focused giving campaigns. Each year, our employees generously give their time and money to help friends and neighbors in need.

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