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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 or diagnostic imaging 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 or diagnostic imaging student, apply below!

    Nursing Students: Apply Here

    Diagnostic Imaging 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?

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a dual minor in Media & Society and the Writing Colleague’s Program.

What are some of your job responsibilities?

I am an executive assistant in the Corporate Government Relations and Human Resources Departments. I assist the Senior Vice President of Government Relations and several Vice Presidents in Human Resources. My role includes many different tasks including assisting with scheduling, meetings, conference calls and projects. In my position I engage with many people internally, but also externally working with government officials and senior executives at health systems similar to Hackensack Meridian Health.

How has your experience at Hackensack Meridian Health been?

My experience thus far at Hackensack Meridian Health has been great. As a young professional, it is an incredible opportunity to learn from leaders who have been in this industry for a long time. Many of the leaders I work for have spent several years with Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health prior to their merger. It is a testament to both systems that their team members want to continue to support the new network.

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

Hackensack Meridian Health has helped advance my career so far by giving me the opportunity to learn, grow and hone my professional skills. There is a lot of diversity within the network which allows team members to grow as well as change professions within the system. Being a young professional, it is great to have the ability to move within the company in case you are not sure of exactly which area is a perfect match for you.

Where do you see your career going in the future?

In the future I plan to stay in the corporate industry. I hope to continue to work in a system like Hackensack Meridian Health that interacts so closely with the people it serves.

Can you describe your academic background?

I attended Rutgers University to obtain my Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. After graduating, I decided to pursue my Masters in Health Administration at Seton Hall University.

What are some of your job responsibilities?

My current role at Hackensack Meridian Health is as an administrative intern. I have gained exposure to numerous departments such as Human Resources, Compliance, Quality & Performance Improvement, Population Health and Nursing. I have also had the privilege of working on projects such as charge nurse development, creating a Joint Commission readiness packet, CJR performance data analysis and a cost/volume/profit project.

How has your experience at Hackensack Meridian Health been?

My experience at Hackensack Meridian Health has been extremely valuable. Through working on projects, I have gained practical field work experience and learned useful management concepts. I have also had multiple opportunities to attend leadership meetings in which I observed leaders present and deliver.

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

Interning at Hackensack Meridian Health has helped me grow both professionally and personally. I have been given many opportunities to learn and expand on skills needed to become a successful health care administrator. This multifaceted experience has given me knowledge about how a medical center operates.

Where do you see your career going in the future?

My future career goals include becoming a health care administrator in a hospital setting. My experience at Hackensack Meridian Health has confirmed my passion for health care.

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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