Student Nurse Extern Program

Student Nurse Extern Program

Monument Health’s Student Nurse Extern Program gives nursing students the opportunity to provide direct patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse preceptor during their last summer as a student. With support from the South Dakota Board of Nursing, Monument Health has designed this unique program for senior nursing students to:

  • Gain experience in clinical nursing skills through a mentorship program with an RN.
  • Increase critical thinking and organizational skills by providing nursing care to patients in departments such as: Ortho/Neuro/ Surgical, Medical, Oncology, Adult Intensive Care, Progressive Care Unit (PCU), Heart and Vascular Unit (HVU), Inpatient Rehab, Pediatrics, Maternal Child, Neonatal Intensive Care and the Emergency Department.
  • Gain valuable experience in any one of our system hospitals: Custer, Lead-Deadwood, Spearfish, Sturgis or Rapid City.

This 10-week, 240-hour, paid clinical experience allows for further development in the art of nursing practice and promotes additional interaction with interdisciplinary health care professionals. This program typically begins June 1 through early August; unique to Monument Health is the opportunity to work during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Student Nurse Externs must make their own housing arrangements.

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More About the Program


To be eligible for Monument Health’s Student Nurse Extern Program, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in and have completed all but the last semester or year of formal academic nursing program.
  • Pass a criminal background check and meet Monument Health’s caregiver health requirements, including a drug screen.

Application Process

Upload the following documents in Workday:

1. A professional resume containing complete contact information

2. An unofficial nursing transcript, including GPA

3. Two letters of reference, including at least one from nursing instructors Note: All submissions should be online.

4. A statement of personal expectations for the summer, including expected graduation date and a ranked list of the following areas:

  • Med-Surg
  • Intermediate Care (PCU, HVU)
  • Critical Care (ED, ICU)
  • Women’s and Children’s
  • Surgical Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Float Pool
  • Ambulatory Care/Clinic-Outpatient
  • Long-Term Care/Rehab

If you are interested in any department that isn’t listed, please include your desired area of interest in your statement letter. An explanation of preference is encouraged.

After all required documents are uploaded, click “Next” and continue to fill out all information until the application process is complete. The application closes on December 1.

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Externship Timeline
  • Post Date: October 1
  • Close Date: December 1
  • Selection Notification: February 1
  • Start Date: Last Week of May


For assistance, please call the Site Coordinator, Nursing Development Department.