Careers at Lifespan Health System

Summer Youth Employment Program

Lifespan's Summer Youth Employment (SYE) Program is designed to promote career exploration, professionalism, and essential skills development for young people. The program offers a paid summer employment experience at a Lifespan hospital or Lifespan Corporate Services to teens 16 to 19 years old.

Teens are placed in a wide variety of departments throughout Lifespan, including:

  • Radiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiology
  • Nursing
  • Transport
  • Central Processing
  • Human Resources
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Respiratory Care
  • Child Psychology
  • Community Health 
  • Information Systems (IT)
Participants of the Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Youth Employment

The Lifespan Summer Youth Employment program is providing opportunities to youth in our community and benefiting Lifespan's workforce.

Upon graduation in August, our summer employees take with them a wealth of personal and professional experience, with some youth even gaining permanent employment. Lifespan also stays in contact with the teens beyond the summer to continue career counseling and support.

More About the Summer Youth Employment Program Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program offers youth an opportunity to:

  • Join Lifespan, Rhode Island's largest private employer.
  • Have a 40 hours/week paid job from June to August.
  • Explore exciting career options in healthcare.
  • Join a team of more than 80 other Lifespan youth employees.
  • Make friends and network to prepare for a successful future.
  • Get career building help from professional career experts.  
  • Possibly gain employment beyond the summer.

Job Responsibilities 

Job responsibilities will differ based on the Lifespan department where the youth is placed.

Program Completion Requirements      

Students should note that:

  • Attendance is mandatory. Any missed time will need to be made up before certificate is awarded.
  • A certificate will be awarded to those candidates who have successfully completed the program.

Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Attend two pre-summer trainings.
  • Be 16 to 19 years old (must be age 16 before April of the year in which summer employment will take place.)
  • Reside in an area with a high rate of unemployment or possess a valid CNA license.
  • Have a willingness to learn.
  • Have interest in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Lifespan's Youth Employment Program

Do you have a question about our youth employment program?

For more information, please contact Chelsea Garcia-Baez at