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Technical School Paid Co-Op Experiences

Connect your students with real health care experiences.

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Enhance your students’ career readiness with hands-on training.

At St. Luke’s, our paid co-op initiative seamlessly connects classroom education with hands-on health care experiences. Here, your students can apply their technical school insights across various adapted roles. More than just a job, this training opportunity guides students toward a promising career in health care, with the chance for permanent placement after completing the program.

Available roles

  • Patient care assistant: Help with vitals and personal care; high-paced environment.
  • Medical assistant: Manage vitals, prepare exam rooms, detail patient visits, learn about insurance referrals, and assist with various tests.
  • Lab aide: Handle specimen receipt, equipment operation, and sample labeling; explore various Clinical Lab sections.
  • Facilities: Support in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and introductory HVAC tasks alongside zone technicians.
  • Culinary: Aid in meal preparation and menu design, and learn essential culinary tasks.
  • Radiology: Prepare rooms, escort patients, and gain exposure to departments like sonography, CT, and MRI.

Student experience

Note: All volunteers must receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Establish a school partnership.

St. Luke’s and your school will establish a formal relationship, mutually agreeing on the number and type of students accepted into the program. Schools should only select students who are highly recommended and have had the COVID-19 vaccine.

Note: All volunteers must receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Start the pre-employment process.

Help your students start their official journey with St. Luke’s by guiding them through through the following steps:

  • Identify what role fits them best
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Undergo pre-employment physical assessments
  • Fill out necessary onboarding paperwork

Note: Candidates under 18 will need a work permit.

Note: All volunteers must receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Complete your training.

Encourage your students to participate in our immersive training week, so they can seamlessly integrate into the St. Luke’s system. Here is an overview of what their week will look like:

  • 5-6 business days
  • 4 hours dedicated each day
  • Meet with an assigned department manager to learn about departmental and hospital protocols
  • Attend quarterly educational sessions to evaluate the experience and plan potential post-graduation steps
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Find the right opportunity for your students.

Students interested in trades or health care training can greatly benefit from this program—especially those who have good attendance, strong career-related skills, and are eager to learn. They can explore career paths at our network hospitals and select outpatient areas across the greater Lehigh Valley region.

Understand the program schedule.

  • Work days: 4-5 days a week (Monday through Friday).
  • Shift start: Released from technical school (during the academic school day) to begin working.
  • Shift duration: Students under 18 will work 4-hour shifts, while those over 18 may work extended hours as mutually agreed upon.
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Set your students up for success.

  • Apply classroom skills in a real-world setting.
  • Explore diverse opportunities in the healthcare sector.
  • Witness new skills, procedures, and tests not covered in school.
  • Provide support for our staff.
  • Develop professional soft skills.
  • Learn about the benefits offered by St. Luke’s.