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Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. The network has 18 hospitals and more than 500 patient care locations, which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, physical rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, physician practice locations, and a fitness and wellness center. With more than 36,000 team members and 7,000 physicians, Hackensack Meridian Health is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy and committed to the health and well-being of communities throughout New Jersey.

The network’s notable distinctions include having more U.S. News-ranked hospitals than any other health system in New Jersey, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 2022-23. Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four specialties – including Urology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Orthopedics – more than any other hospital in New Jersey. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center are ranked #1 in the state and top 20 in the Mid-Atlantic Region by U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, their combined nephrology program ranks in the top 50 in the United States.

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Our Advantages

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    Gain experiencewithin one of the most reputable health care organizations in the country

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    Make important contributionsto your team’s goals from your first day

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    Work on real projects that will helpbuild valuable skill setsand knowledge for your career

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    Network with leading practitionersin the health care industry


At Hackensack Meridian Health, our team of experienced mentors are ready to provide you with an opportunity to challenge yourself and expand your skills. We take a full-scale approach to early-career development, which combines extensive on-the-job training with professional development workshops. This approach also allows you to gain invaluable insights from a network of talent throughout our organization.

"Being a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health externship program allowed me to advance my nursing skills and gain more confidence in myself as I enter my senior year of nursing school. I cannot say enough how amazing the externship was; this was an experience that I know will help me throughout the rest of my nursing career."
Helene A.
2017 Nurse Extern
"The GIFT program was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to work on a multidisciplinary team, gain experience in the field and has opened many doors for my future in health care. I am grateful to have learned from the various mentors and made many new friends along the way."
Kaci C.
2017 Geriatric Interdisciplinary Fellowship
Training (GIFT) Summer Extern

current opportunities

  • An internship is a work or service experience in which a student participates at a Hackensack Meridian Health location as an active team member contributing to meaningful and substantial projects. Internships can vary in duration, hours worked per week and responsibilities. Some internships can be offered for college credit.

  • Nurse Externship Program

    This 10-week Externship Program offers nursing students an opportunity to earn while learning. Students are oriented and provided training in select skills such as 12 Lead EKG and Venipuncture. Under the direction of a registered nurse preceptor, student nurses practice selected skills and gain confidence in the acute care environment. Students meet with the program coordinator to share experiences. A variety of educational topics are presented by guest speakers at the meetings.

    The application period for the 2024 Nurse Externship Program is now closed.

  • From day one, we are dedicated to supporting the careers of our nurses – especially our newest nurses. To help bridge the gap between classroom and career, we created the New Graduate Nursing Residency Program.

    Open to graduating nursing students of accredited institutions, this 12-month program allows residents to have supplemental learning, interactive chats and increased support to ease the transition into nursing practice. The residency includes:

    • Three 12-hour shifts per week on the unit the nurse is hired to
    • Three experience days to observe other units
    • Frequent communication and support from administration and educators
    • One-on-one meetings with our program director
    • Live journal club
    • Educational modules
    • Peer support for professional growth and promoting self-care
    • Bimonthly case studies to promote critical thinking

    Surrounded by fellow new graduates in an environment that promotes collaboration, growth and development, you’ll make a smooth transition from student to registered nurse. You’ll also gain valuable clinical experience while being supported at every step.

    • Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy
    • Old Bridge Medical Center – Old Bridge
    • Southern Ocean Medical Center – Manahawkin
    • Bayshore Medical Center – Holmdel
    • Hackensack University Medical Center – Hackensack
    • Riverview Medical Center – Red Bank
    • Palisades Medical Center – North Bergen
    • Jersey Shore University Medical Center – Neptune
    • JFK University Medical Center – Edison
    • Ocean University Medical Center – Brick

    This program is open to individuals with a nursing degree (AAS, BS or MS). A valid New Jersey Nursing license and CPR/BLS certification are required before starting the program. New Registered Nurses hired without a BSN will be required to obtain this degree within three years of employment.

  • Florence M. Cook School of Medical Laboratory Science


    Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to offer the Earn While You Learn program to students who are looking to build their on-the-job skills while acquiring a nursing degree. Offering paid positions early in their education, our program provides many benefits for students, including:

    • Opportunities to earn wages while building valuable experience
    • Flexible job options with manageable schedules
    • Working within a leading health care network

    If you are a nursing student, apply below!

    Nursing Students: Apply Here

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Can you describe your academic background?

I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

What are some of your job responsibilities?

My job responsibilities include beginning the hiring process for candidates, handling team member transfer requests, setting up new team member orientations and making the initial job offer.

How has your experience at Hackensack Meridian Health been?

So far my experience at Hackensack Meridian Health has been great. I've noticed everyone is really willing to help you in any way they can, and that's something I think is really important when onboarding new graduates.

How has working at Hackensack Meridian Health helped advance your career so far?

Working at Hackensack Meridian Health has given me more experience working in the HR field. Working here has also allowed me the opportunity to apply what I learned in class to the real world.

Where do you see your career going in the future?

My goal is to continue working for Hackensack Meridian Health and hopefully move up within the company into another HR role. In the future my goal is to become an HR director or business partner.

Can you describe your academic background?

As a nursing student, I started my higher education journey to capitalize on my passion for helping people and bettering my community. Clinical work did not fit me, and in my last year, I switched to a degree in Social Sciences/Administration and graduated with my B.A. in this field in 2022. Since then I have been pursuing my Master’s in Health Administration and completed this degree in May 2024.

How has your experience at Hackensack Meridian Health been?

My experience at Hackensack Meridian Health has been transformative, exciting, and validating. Within the first month of my tenure, I felt I had learned more than anything I could have learned in a classroom because of my exposure to real healthcare experiences and challenges I was trusted to handle. It has also allowed me to take the skills and theory I learned in the classroom, and apply them to real-world scenarios. Every day I get to use my experience from my time working clinically, and experience to forward the network's goals and contribute to providing quality and equitable healthcare to patients. My time at HMH has made me proud of my work, reassuring me that I chose the right path for myself.

What are some of your job responsibilities?

I currently work as an Associate Business Analyst. This role allows me to collaborate with healthcare's business and clinical sides while using data to improve processes. I currently work on projects in Data and Analytics using agile methodologies and managing the project’s scope, needs, and timeline. I use my background to translate clinical and business needs to a more technical team. I also facilitate a structure for data discovery and conceptualization meetings to support the development of data models, reporting approaches, dashboards, and performance. Bridging this gap is key to connecting information technology with the network's mission as we support HMH.

You were a summer intern in our Digital Technology Services team before joining Hackensack Meridian as a full-time team member. How did your internship prepare you for your current role?

My internship was my first introduction to information technology. Even though I had years of healthcare experience at this point I still needed to fully grasp how crucial and integrated information technology is to the functioning of healthcare delivery. Due to the nature of the internship program, I was able to connect 1:1 with senior leadership, ask them about their career paths, and gain some meaningful insights about the industry, and where healthcare is going. It also allowed me the chance to learn more about all aspects of the organization and how they relate to DTS. The structure of the internship program helped me to formulate a plan for my career and helped guide me toward the right people and the right place to position myself for success in my career. As an intern I was trusted to act independently and think critically and taught skills in project management, stakeholder management, running a meeting, public speaking, and corporate communication which are skills I use every day in my current role. By no means was it easy, but being given the space to make mistakes, and the support of the DTS staff, fostered growth and exponential improvement in my professional toolkit.

How has working at Hackensack Meridian Health helped advance your career so far?

As I’ve previously mentioned, leadership at HMH cares about improvement in ways I have never seen previously. I have access to learning modules which has allowed me to gain a Google certification in project management, and a professional coach to help refine my professional development. HMH has a culture that encourages learning and growth, and it is because of this that I feel comfortable taking on new challenges and developing new skills to continually improve myself and the network. While working for HMH the “story” of my career path has become clearer and clearer, as my passion for my work breaks through in everything I accomplish.

What are your career goals, or where do you see your career going in the future?

Over the last year, a professional skill I’ve been continually developing is strategic thinking. Understanding where the industry is going in the short and long term, and translating those trends into goals for the network. It is because of this that the field of change management is a place where I see myself providing value. Change is scary, and in a place that values innovation as much as HMH, it can happen quickly. Good change managers can foster buy-in, assuage anxiety, and help people get to a place where they feel comfortable providing the highest standard of care. I want to be in a place where I can help implement change, and analyze its impact. I’m thankful that I work in a place where my strengths align greatly with the mission of the network, allowing me to be my best and do my best.

Can you describe your academic background?

I graduated from Rutgers University and received my Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

What was your professional experience before joining Hackensack Meridian Health?

Prior to joining HMH I worked at a Podiatrist's Office. I was on their administrative staff while completing my degree. My role provided me with transferable skills and an introduction to real-life experiences in healthcare administration which I’ve been able to apply to my current position.

What are some of your current job responsibilities?

Currently, I am an Administrative Fellow at Hackensack Meridian Health. As a fellow I have the opportunity to rotate through healthcare sectors of my choice. I dove into Ambulatory and Joint Ventures, Hospital Operations, and Patient Safety & Quality. A few of my responsibilities include being able to collaborate with senior leadership and coordinate with various departments to ensure smooth optimization of daily functions, conduct a variety of analyses on industry trends, workflows, identify areas for improvements, and recommend strategic enhancements. I also work on several projects to enhance patient care, satisfaction, quality of care and overall operational effectiveness.

How has your experience at Hackensack Meridian Health been?

My experience so far at Hackensack Meridian Health has been phenomenal. HMH has given me an incredible opportunity to learn from dynamic leaders in a supportive environment. The collaborative culture at HMH fosters teamwork and innovation, allowing me to grow professionally and personally. My experience overall has been fulfilling and rewarding.

How has working at Hackensack Meridian Health helped advance your career so far?

Working as an administrative fellow at HMH has been invaluable for advancing my career. It has provided me with hands-on experience in healthcare administration,opportunities to network with industry professionals and exposure to strategic initiatives within the organization. My experiences at HMH have helped me develop key skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to my future career goals in healthcare administration.

What are your career goals, or where do you see your career going in the future?

In the future I hope to become a successful and influential healthcare leader focusing on bridging the gaps in our healthcare system. I aspire to be a catalyst for change by implementing strategies and initiatives promoting collaboration, efficiency, and accessibility in healthcare delivery.

asked questions

  • There could be different steps during the application and interview process depending on a particular position, but the process is typically as follows:

    Step 1:

    Browse through our Current Opportunities tab, apply for a position that is best suited for your qualifications and submit your resume.

    Step 2:

    If your academic and/or professional background matches the qualifications for a position, you will be contacted to participate in the interviewing process, which is usually a phone interview followed by an in-person interview with the hiring manager.

  • Hackensack Meridian Health offers both internship and externship positions for undergraduate and graduate students. We also offer nurse residency opportunities for nursing students who recently graduated and received their New Jersey nursing license.

  • Hackensack Meridian Health looks for the following characteristics in our candidates:

    Take Initiative:

    Try to be proactive in what your team needs and deliver.

    Commitment & Dedication:

    Go in with the mentality that you’re going to give 100 percent effort in all that you do.

    Well-Spoken & Actively Listen:

    Practice effective communication and listen attentively in all team settings.

  • We attend many career and internship fairs throughout the year. Please refer to our Events Calendar for upcoming fairs we're attending.

  • Stay Connected and you'll receive information about future internships, externships and other positions based on your interest.

  • You can email with any additional questions.


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