Partners in Career and Workforce Development

We are now accepting applications into our cycle that begins on August 31.
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Partners in Career and Workforce Development (PCWD) Health Care Training and Employment Program is designed for individuals interested in entry-level employment within one of the Partners HealthCare member institutions.  Our program is internal, run by Partners HealthCare Workforce Development, and is focused on bringing new, qualified, and eager individuals into our organization.  Our goal is to give our participants the tools they need to succeed as a member of the Partners HealthCare workforce, and the internal assistance to get them there!  

PCWD is an 8-week long unpaid training program that is free of charge.  The 8 weeks consist of 4 weeks of classroom instruction, and 4 weeks of internship in a basic clerical or support staff position within one of our member institutions.  Because our program is not focused on training one specific skillset within health care, our program has successfully helped hundreds of graduates secure various positions such as Administrtive Assistant, Unit Coordinator, Operations Associate, Patient Service Coordinator, Practice Assistant, Laboratory Aide/Assistant, Operating Room Assistant, and many other entry and mid-level positions!

Our training consists of:

  • Introduction to the health care environment
  • Introduction to Partners HealthCare-based policies and procedure
  • Resume preparation
  • Interviewing skills and mock interview days
  • Medical terminology
  • Customer service skills
  • Office computer skills
  • Internship within a Partners HealthCare member institution
  • Post-graduation job placement assistance
  • Career counseling and development
  • Post-placement support and follow-up
  • Financial literacy education
  • Supportive services 
  • Professional image development

Eligibility Requirements - all applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and have a professional attitude
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (will be verified)
  • Pass assessments in reading, writing, computer literacy, typing, and Microsoft Word skills
  • Successfully complete our reference checking process, providing 4 references (including 2 former/current managers)
  • Successfully complete CORI screening (Criminal Offender Record Investigation)
  • Provide verification of at least 12 consecutive months of work experience
  • Have strong communication skills including the ability to speak, write, and understand English
  • Be able to work full-time and complete a 90 day probationary period
  • Be able to attend training: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm (includes a four week internship which is 8.5 hours/day)
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Not be a current employee of Partners HealthCare or any of our affiliates
  • Apply online with a resume and letter of interest OR attend an Open House at Project Hope

Program Schedule


2016 (not yet accepting applications):
  • Cycle 13-1:  January 4 - February 26
  • Cycle 13-2:  May 2 - June 24

Interested in Applying for PCWD?
Please choose one of two ways to apply:

Internal Managers
If you are interested in the program or hosting an intern, please contact us!
Partners HealthCare Workforce Development, Telephone: 617-643-6651

For program referrals, please contact Project Hope, Telephone: 617-442-1880
Our PCWD program is Section 30 Approved: Course ID# 1067203

Partners HealthCare Member Institutions

Find out more about PCWD at one of our open houses.

Interested in attending one of our open houses? You can find the registration form here.


Find out more about the PCWD-affiliated internship program.

Interested in hosting an intern in your department? Fill out this internship form.


Read more about PCWD program details.  


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Better Living: Internship and Job Training

The Partners Career and Workforce Development (PCWD) program offers job training and internships for local residents who are interested in having careers in health care.
Here, Rhonda Maloney describes how PCWD has helped her to reach her goals. Rhonda works as a practice secretary at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is currently working towards a degree and a career as an occupational therapist.

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