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High School Career Explorer Program at Hackensack Meridian Health

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Information Session and Registration

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about our High School Career Explorer Program.

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High School Explorers

eligibility & program description

eligibility requirements

Student must be a high school Junior to register for the Virtual Information Session held in May and must be entering their Senior year of high school in the fall.

program description

The program kicks off with a virtual onboarding information session in May and will resume at the start of the student’s senior year. The student will be matched with a coach in their preferred area or a similar field, who will support the student throughout the remainder of the program. The coach and the student will meet to establish a schedule. The student will need to complete a minimum of 32 hours for the duration of the program. The program will conclude with a Project Presentation & Certificate Ceremony at the end of their senior year.

Application Process

The student will be notified of selection to participate in the program based on eligibility requirements. If selected, an application and document due dates will be provided. All documents and attestations must be submitted no later than the due date provided in the “accepting applications” letter. The student is expected to partner with their parent/guardian and their school’s guidance counselor to ensure all forms/documents are completed and submitted to the appropriate Hackensack Meridian Health Volunteer Services Department:

  • Student Application
  • Parent/Guardian Permission Form
  • Provider Health Care Questionnaire Form
  • Guidance Counselor Attestation Form

asked questions

  • Students ending their Junior year are eligible to explore the program by attending the virtual session.

  • Yes, in order to be considered for the program and submit an application all students must attend the virtual information session.

  • Your guidance counselor will need to submit the attestation section of the application via email to the local volunteer office for the site you have been matched with.

  • Yes, all students enrolled in the program must comply with the organization's policy on COVID and Flu vaccination.

  • Yes, you will be asked to let us know your preference during the application process.

  • There are a variety of options available which can be explored further based on your areas of interest.

  • The coaching sessions are in person. However, a hybrid model can be discussed between you and your coach.

  • There is no limit to the number of hours you can contribute to the program. However, the minimum number of hours expected to complete the program is 32 hours.

  • This will be decided between you and your coach.

  • The local volunteer office is available to answer any questions you may have.

HEAR FROM past students

“Besides learning how to be diligent, through this experience I was able to understand the importance of the biomedical team to the hospital. Also, I discovered that the actual work environment can be very fun and exciting when you get to know the people there.”
Justin Ryu
“During this program, I have come to see health care in a more universal way and understand how doctors do so much more than just treat a patient’s physical ailments. At one point, I was able to witness a doctor discussing life and death issues with a patient’s family. He responded to the questions of the family with empathy and kindness, taking time to make sure the family understood what was happening with their relative. This experience showed me the emotional side of patient-doctor relationships.”
Nicole Rabinowitz
“During my time with the H.S. Academy for Career Exploration, I have been interning within two roles: pharmacy technician and pharmacist. This experience has actually been incredibly eye-opening and helpful for me. I have learned that working in the pharmacy is not for me. I would recommend this program to other students because it shows you that medical careers are not just about the money you could make but the passion you have for the role.”
David Kwak


There are multiple advantages to beginning your career exploration with us. At Hackensack Meridian Health, you will be growing and exploring in a supportive and truly exceptional environment.

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