Clinical/Non-Clinical Placements, Internships, and Externships 


Valley Medical Center’s student program partners with technical schools, 2-year colleges, and universities to provide a meaningful education experience and establish a recruiting network for the organization. The program also strives to support departments throughout the VMC network in order to place students in coordinated standardized fashion that meets the needs of the student, the department, and the organization.

Valley Medical Center offers a variety of student educational experiences with schools that have entered into education affiliation agreements with the organization. We will work with schools to assist the student in gaining the hands-on experience needed to complete the education curriculum, while offering an enjoyable environment in which to learn.

Placement for Observation Experiences is as follows:

***If you are not with a school but interested in observing, please reach out to the HR Training Coordinator   

The VMC Student Placement Process is as follows:

Students must contact their school, college or university’s placement coordinator if there is an interest in completing an externship/internship with Valley Medical Center. *Important note – If the student contacts Valley Medical Center directly, she/he will be directed to contact their school’s placement coordinator.

 Initial Instructions for School Placement Coordinators:

Submit a Student Placement Request to the appropriate individual (see below for contacts).        

  • Please note that we will not continue with the onboarding process until the student placement request has been submitted and approved by our team.

Verify with your contact if you have an established, updated Education Affiliation Agreement with Valley Medical Center. If you do not have an Educational Affiliation Agreement with Valley Medical Center, please complete the following form (without signatures) for preliminary review by your contact: Educational Affiliation Agreement Template (clinical) / Educational Affiliation Agreement Template (non-clinical) 

Click here to view the contact for clinical placement requests.
Click here to view the contact for MA placement requests.
Click here to view the contact for all other placement requests
Click here for Instructions for Establishing Student Placements

Clinical placement requests

 Roles include:

  • RN
  • EMT
  • Paramedic
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology (x-ray, CT, MRI, etc.)
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Sterile Processing
  • Healthcare leadership

Please email Shelly Caldejon, Professional Development Specialist regarding clinical placement requests.

MA placement requests 

Please email Sue Christian, MA Clinic Education regarding MA placement requests.

For all other requests, including placement for the following roles: 

  • Cardiac rehab
  • Fitness Center
  • PT/OT/SLP/rehab aides
  • Security/safety/emergency management
  • Social workers
  • IT
  • HIM 

Please email Ruth Marks, Training and Development Specialist regarding all other placement requests.

Instructions for Establishing Student Placements

Clinical placement requests (as defined by roles above):

  • Clinical Placements Northwest (CPNW)-associated educational organizations
    • Please review the Valley Medical Center Site Requirements for all mandatory documents requiring completion.
  • Non CPNW-associated educational organizations
    • School instructor(s) and students must complete the Student/Instructor Program Checklist and all requirements listed within the form. Completed checklists must be submitted to your VMC contact.
    • E-learning modules will be assigned to students/instructors upon completion of the Student/Instructor Program Checklists. Completed transcripts must be submitted to your VMC contact.
    • All instructors:
      • Please review the entire Student Orientation Manual with your students and have the students sign the last two pages.
      • Copy of signed documents must be submitted to your VMC contact.
    • School instructors/placement coordinators

All other placement requests:

  1. School instructor(s) and students must complete the Student/Instructor Program Checklist and all requirements listed within the form. Completed checklists must be submitted to your VMC contact.
  2. E-learning modules will be assigned to students/instructors upon completion of the Student/Instructor Program Checklists. Completed transcripts must be submitted to your VMC contact.
  3. Please review the entire Student Orientation Manual with your students and have the students sign the last two pages. Copy of signed documents must be submitted to your VMC contact.
  4. Please review pages 3-4 and 8 of the Guidelines for Student Experiences and Observations with your students. Then, please have the students sign page 9. Copy of signed document must be submitted to your VMC contact.