Prisma Health is committed to igniting students’ interests in health careers through exploratory opportunities. As opportunities develop, please check this page for a list of current programs.
Speaker & Career Fair Requests
If your class, school or organization is looking for an in-class speaker or career fair participant, please complete our K-12 Request Form with all event details. Based on the form information provided, we will reach out to various contacts to work to fulfill your request. For more information, contact Susan Orr.
Health Careers Club (9th-12th grade)
Prisma Health’s Health Careers Club gives high school students the opportunity to learn more about health careers through activities, simulations and projects led by medical professionals. Students accepted into the program meet one Thursday each month during the school year from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. Dues are $15 per year.
Registration for the 2020-2021 club is now open, contact Student Affairs for the application. Club for the 2020-2021 school year will being in September 2020.
Volunteering (Ages 15+)Prisma Health–Upstate offers a summer teen volunteer program to high school students ages 15-17. Students who are willing to commit to volunteer at least 40 hours during the summer are placed in various clinical and non-clinical areas across Prisma Health–Upstate. Individuals may request specific areas, but these requests are not guaranteed. Students 18 and older can complete the Adult Volunteer Application online.
Note: Volunteer opportunities do not provide direct patient care. Applications for the summer are due each year by May 1. For more information, please contact email@example.com, or visit Prisma Health Volunteer Services.
Health Science Career Center at Carolina High School (11th and 12th grade)
The Health Science Career Center (HSCC) seeks to provide robust hands-on, health career focused curriculum for 11th and 12th grade students at Carolina High School. Students in this program explore a wide range of health science vocational opportunities, research questions, and volunteering experiences while focusing on issues of population health and community engagement. The HSCC is about empowering youth to be the change they want to see in the future healthcare workforce.
MedEx Academy (Rising 12th grade for Tier I)
MedEx Academy is a full immersive summer experience designed for students interested in the health sciences. MedEx provides students with various enriching opportunities from simulation to debates and interview preparation to hospital observation.
High school students interested in pursuing a therapy degree program are welcome to apply to a Pre-Therapy Experience. Prisma Health–Upstate’s Pre-Therapy Experiences will immerse students in a variety of clinical rehabilitation settings where they will obtain valuable insight from skilled professionals, acquire an understanding of the therapist’s role and explore evaluations, treatments and modalities within rehabilitation therapy.
Apply here: https://hsc.ghs.org/education/pre-therapy/. Spots are VERY limited. Please note: While the application says that the preferred degree program is “students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program,” high school students can still apply.
Speaker, Career Fair & Tour Requests
Speaker & Career Fair Requests
The Prisma Health–Midlands Community Relations department is pleased to offer the Speakers Bureau, a network of healthcare professionals and medical experts employed by and/or associated with Prisma Health who volunteer to address local clubs, churches, organizations and school groups on a variety of health related topics.
Organizations are limited to reserving two speakers from Prisma Health per year. Requests will not be assigned to groups outside a 25-mile radius of Columbia. The request for a speaker must be received no later than four weeks before the scheduled program date.
The Community Relations department coordinates hospital tours for groups of no more than 15 individuals, including chaperones, who are high school age and older. Students should have declared “health sciences” within their individual graduation plan (IGP) or be currently enrolled in health science courses. In most cases, clinical areas will be not be available for tours.
For more information, contact Regina Brown or 803-296-2961.
Students considering a health care profession who would like to volunteer should apply for the Junior Volunteer summer program. Junior Volunteers support our team members, patients and visitors in a variety of places and ways to serve. For more information visit: https://www.palmettohealth.org/giving/volunteer-programs
To view all volunteering opportunities in the Midlands, visit: https://www.palmettohealth.org/giving/volunteer-programs
Update: Prisma Health recognizes the dedication, compassion and selfless commitment to service of its volunteers to patients, guests and team members. Out of an abundance of caution for their well-being due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are temporarily pausing our volunteer services, including the Junior Volunteer program, until further notice.
Project READY (Realistic Education about Dying Young) is a reality-based trauma education program that exposes teens to the consequences of risky behaviors at the Prisma Health Richland Level I Trauma Center. For more information, visit: Project READY.
Session dates for the 2020-21 school year will be posted in July 2020 on the Project READY website.
High School Shadowing
Specific dates have been assigned during the school year to local Midlands high schools for their health science major students. During this one-time educational experience, 10th-12th grade students observe a health professional while he/she performs normal work activities.
Once the clinical learning environment reopens, Tina McCaw will be in touch with school contacts with additional details for the 2020-2021 school year.