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Student Intern

Jaelyn Rumback, Nex-Generation Youth Services Intern, Lenora, KS

“If someone were to ask me if they should do a Nex-Gen internship, I would say, ‘Just go for it!’ It’s going to be one of the best summer experiences that you will ever have. You will meet so many new people and learn so many new lessons that will last a lifetime. You will not regret becoming a Nex-Gen intern. I’m very proud to be a part of my rural community and I’m even more proud to be a part of the Nex-Generation that will help make my community better in the future.”


High school and college students are matched with local businesses throughout northwest and north central Kansas for both work study opportunities during the school year and paid, summer internships.


Students gain professional skills and broaden their perspectives on career options. Local businesses benefit by networking with youth, bringing fresh ideas to the workplace, and “interviewing” students for potential future jobs – all of which contribute to youth retention to our small, rural communities.


This is a great opportunity for students and businesses, alike.

Student Intern

Tinley Rentschler, Smith County Memorial Hospital Intern, Smith Center, KS

“Through this internship, I gained real-life experience that has helped me decide on a career path. This internship prepared me for the workforce, allowed me to meet so many new people, and helped me improve my professionalism. During my internship, I created educational videos for the public, marketed information, held interviews, took pictures, filmed videos, and, best of all, watched many people excel in their fields. This internship was so much more than just a summer job. It was a place where I could learn so much while having so much fun.  The Nex-Gen Internship Program is one students don't want to miss out on. Not only is it a great opportunity to grow and learn, but it is also an amazing networking opportunity."

2024 Summer Internships

Open to NW/NC Kansas
College & High School Students

Student Applications open now!

ELIGIBILITY:  Students age 16+ living in or going to school in NW/NC Kansas:


Work Study Program
Apply at Any Time - Application Below!


Emily Jensik and Paiton Nash interned at Republic County Hospital in Belleville. Both interns shared that working in a rural hospital allowed them to connect with their community in new and beneficial ways. They also remarked that this experience has increased their desire to return to and work for a rural hospital in the future. 

Madi Hicks was an intern at Theraplay Learning Center in Hays. Throughout the summer, she worked alongside an Occupational Therapist to provide children with activities, track their progress, and provide evaluations. She shares that her greatest reward was watching the children progress and grow over time. 

Kirsten Marcotte was a second-year intern at the Graham County Hospital in Hill City. She worked in the Physical Therapy and Nursing Department. Her biggest project of the summer was updating the hospital's policy and procedure handbook, which was a big undertaking, but she handled it with ease.

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