Student Programs

Study at Sanford Health

If you're enjoying STEM classes or exploring medical careers, search student programs at Sanford Health.

K-12 and college students learn from health care professionals at our hospitals, clinics and research centers. Opportunities for students include:

  • Taking a hospital tour
  • Shadowing a research scientist
  • Completing an internship in child life or healing arts
  • Studying radiology, respiratory therapy or sonography
  • Finding a scholarship

We'll prepare you for your health care career.

For K-12 Students

Elementary Inquiries

Elementary students are invited to engage with research scientists and learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through The Sanford PROMISE programs and the It's All About Science Festival. The Sanford PROMISE also works with elementary educators through summer workshops for teachers.


Available in Fargo – Health Occupations & Professions Exploration (HOPE) Camp provides health career exploration to high school students in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. In partnership with NDSU, students stay on campus and learn from NDSU and Sanford professionals. See our flyer or email us to learn more.

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Medical Center Tours

High school students can tour Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, and meet health care professionals in various departments.

In addition to being the largest hospital in South Dakota, the medical center is a teaching hospital for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. Our comprehensive care includes emergency air transport, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, transplant services, and specialty centers in children’s, heart, cancer, neuroscience, sports medicine and women’s health. With 545 beds, 4,000 employees and a Level II Trauma Emergency Care center, we meet the needs of patients from across the Midwest.

Contact us to learn more and schedule a tour.

Sanford HOPE

Available in Sioux Falls – Health Occupations & Professions Exploration (HOPE) gives high school students opportunities to learn about various health care professions. Email us to learn about eligibility, schedules, registration and more.

Science Research Experiences

The Sanford Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration (PROMISE) works to inspire the next generation of scientists by offering middle school and high school students and teachers to a variety of events and programs throughout the school year and summer. These experiences include classroom visits to the PROMISE Community Lab engaging with active research scientists, hands-on lab technique training, shadowing, internships, and community lectures.

Youth Medical Explorers

Sioux Falls

The Sanford Youth Medical Explorers program is open to high school students. It’s a chance to explore the medical field through after-hours tours, hands-on activities and conversations with health care providers at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. As Sanford YME members, students also can participate in the Sanford Health Occupations Student Association chapter for HOSA activities, conferences and scholarships. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. 


Sanford Youth Medical Explorers is an 11 week program for juniors and seniors in high school. Applications are available each April and participants are selected in May for the following school year program. To learn more, see our program description, sample schedule and application below. Or email us.

For Undergraduates & Graduates

Sanford Research Programs

Sanford Research offers a number of educational opportunities for undergraduate students interested in medical research careers. Graduate student training opportunities include a PhD program in basic biomedical sciences (USD), MD/PhD physician scientist program (USD), and PhD program in biochemistry (SDSU).

Undergraduate Research

Graduate Research

Youth Medical Explorers

Still undecided? Explore health careers with Youth Medical Explorers for College. Applicants are students enrolled in college and wish to explore careers in health care. Session dates in June. To apply, complete the college YME application and email us the attachment.