Student Internship Spotlight

Anna Mitroszewska poses in scrubs, a face mask, and PPE at her internshipAnna Mitroszewska '21

An academic internship allows students to bring their entire skill set of classroom knowledge and clinical patient care to a semester-long experience in a specific area such as pediatrics or critical care. Anna Mitroszewska '21 interned in three units at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab: Nerve, Muscle, & Bone (1 week), Stroke (3 weeks), and the COVID 19 Recovery Care Unit (6 weeks). 

I have seen people coming in at their worst— trached, unable to walk, speak, or eat — while leaving on their two feet with a smile on their face knowing that they beat COVID. This experience has deepened my love for healthcare and allowed me to grow in confidence, skills, and advocacy. 
– Anna Mitroszewska '21

Nicole Lapapa '21

Nicole Lapapa '21 interned on the Traumatic Brain Injury floor at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. She was able to take care of patients through their rehabilitation journey after suffering traumatic brain injuries from things such as motor vehicle accidents, gun shot wounds, strokes, and more.

I worked hand in hand with a fantastic nursing team, physicians, as well as physical, speech, and occupational therapists. I learned so much, and grew so much as a future nurse. I am so excited to continue my career as a nurse at Shirley Ryan after graduation.
Nicole Lapapa '21

Internships for Academic Credit

Illinois Wesleyan University internships in nursing and in health are creative works of our students. With support from nursing faculty advisors and the School of Nursing director, students explore topics and objectives that reflect individual interests in:

  • specialty areas in nursing/healthcare
  • geographic areas of the U.S.
  • ethnic/cultural interests
  • advanced practice or expanded roles
  • language study

Internships in the following healthcare areas completed by IWU students:

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Ann and Robert H. Lurie's Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL
  • OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
  • Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL
  • The Pavillion:  Behavioral Health, Champaign, IL
  • McLean County Health Department, Bloomington, IL
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL
  • Unity Point-Methodist, Peoria, IL
  • Children's Hospital of Illinois, Peoria, IL
  • Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI

Areas of interest for internships:  OB, Critical Care/ICU, Pediatrics, NICU, Cardiovascular, Palliative Care, Medical/Surgical, Neuro/Critical Care, Diabetes, Community Health.

Presently, over 50% of the senior class have internships for academic credit while they are completing their final semester in the nursing program.

Prospective Students

Have you ever wondered what internships you can do with a specific major? Are you curious about where IWU students intern?

The Hart Career Center has compiled IWU student internships at over 600 organizations in over 200 cities and paired them with the student's major (or majors) at Illinois Wesleyan. Have fun exploring internship options!

Recent internships held by IWU Nursing majors.

Current Students

The Hart Career Center assists students with attaining their future career goals - supporting students while they are in school and after they graduate! Some of the Career Center services include:

  • Career guidance and exploration
  • Internship planning and search support
  • Resume development and practice interviews
  • Graduate and professional school preparation
  • Job search and recruiting assistance

The Career Center coordinates the centralized campus internship program and maintains Handshake, an updated online database of internships and post-graduate job opportunities. Visit the Hart Career Center early and often to keep your career plans on a successful path.