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Frequently Asked Questions 

Activating positions
How long do positions stay active?
What do the positions look like?
A position was posted but is no longer online. Can I still apply?
I am interested in more than one position. Can I apply to all of them through one link?

Application/Hiring Process
What do I need to apply?
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Where do I attach or send my letters of recommendation?
What does the hiring process look like?
Where am I in the hiring process?
How long do background checks take?
I was hired into a position, but applied for others. What should I do about my other applications?

About Internships
How long are internships?
Are positions paid?
What is the difference between an internship and an externship?

ACTIVATING POSITIONS

How long do positions stay active?

Positions are posted on a rolling basis for a minimum of 7 days, as per Equal Opportunity Employment regulations. Once 7 days hits, if a hiring manager has found a great candidate he/she can start the hiring process.
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What do the positions look like?

All positions are different. However, they will all have a Title, Location, Job Summary, Major Duties/Responsibilities, Education/Skills and an active link to apply to that specific position.
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A position was posted, but is no longer online. Can I still apply?

No. Most likely this means the hiring managers have made a decision about the candidates and have requested a position be taken down. Please keep an eye on the website for other positions to which you may be interested in applying.
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I am interested in more than one position. Can I apply to all of them through one link?

No. You have to individually apply to each position. The reason is that they are all overseen by different managers. Please apply to any, and all, in which you are qualified and interested.
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APPLICATION/HIRING PROCESS

What do I need to apply?

Resume & Cover letter are required.

If you are hired you will need 2-3 letters of recommendation. We recommend getting letters of recommendation ahead of time that are generalizable and can be used for ANY job you apply at ANY company. It will make your application stronger as well!
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Who should write my letters of recommendation?

Anyone who is a professional reference. Some examples: professors, teachers, guidance counselors, employers, coaches, etc. Anyone that you have done work for and can attest to you being a good student/employee. Do not provide family members or friends. They are not "professional." Also, be sure to ask if they will provide you with a "positive" recommendation.
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Where do I attach or send my letters of recommendation?

Letters can be attached to your application under the "references" attachment box. Some references also prefer to send the letters directly to the organization. Please contact the University Relations coordinator at internships@geisinger.edu

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What does the hiring process look like?

You have to apply to the position first. Managers will then review applicants and identify students to bring in for an interview.

If you are the chosen one (or few), you will receive a verbal acceptance from the hiring manager. You will then receive an official offer letter from an HR representative with information for your background checks; drug, tobacco and health screening; and your mandatory system wide orientation date.
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Where am I in the hiring process?You can check the status of your application by logging into the Geisinger Career Portal. Once there, you will log in and click on the "My Application" link on the Blue Ribbon at the top of the page. From there you will see all positions to which you have applied and the status of your applications.
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How long do background checks take?

We supply them for students who are hired and you will receive directions for getting them.

Basic background check:2-3 weeks

Drug, Tobacco & Health Screening: a few days, depending on availability

FBI (if needed): 4-6 weeks

Child Abuse (if needed): 4-6 weeks

Interns can technically start an internship with just the basic background, drug, tobacco, and health screening. If the others are required due to location, they can be "in process."
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I was hired into a position, but applied for others. What should I do about my other applications?Congratulations! Please log in to your account and withdrawal your application for the other positions to which you applied. This will ensure the hiring managers know you have already been hired into another position and they can focus their efforts on finding other awesome candidates.
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ABOUT INTERNSHIPS

How long are internships?

A normal summer internship is between 10-12 weeks. Most positions are full time 40 hours per week. If they are not, it will be listed with the description. Many times the hiring manager will work with students to determine start and end dates.
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Are positions paid?

All positions posted on the "internship" website are paid. Any unpaid opportunities for course credit will be on the "externship" website. Due to federal regulations, we will not be hosting unpaid interns, unless they are receiving course credits.
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What is the difference between an internship and an externship?

Terminologies for positions are going to be different for every organization. At Geisinger an internship is identified as a learning experience for a student that is paid. An externship is identified as a learning experience for a student, required for course credit, and is unpaid.
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