Nuka Improvement Intern

Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka Improvement Internship is an 11-month program that offers students a unique opportunity to work with improvement teams and integrated care teams on various improvement projects in both rural and urban health care settings. Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care is a relationship-based, customer-owned approach to transforming health care, improving outcomes and reducing costs. It is recognized as one of the world’s leading examples of health care redesign.

Through mentored experiences and process improvement projects, the intern will have an opportunity to directly impact how care is delivered at Southcentral Foundation. The area of focus for this internship is health care improvement with a goal of developing an upcoming generation of physician-leaders in primary care.

“The Nuka Primary Care Fellowship [Nuka Improvement Intern] is an exciting opportunity to deeply engage with Southcentral Foundation, a global leader in primary care transformation. This immersive experience is an opportunity to jump-start your career as an innovator in primary care and to learn from leaders.”

Russell Phillips
Director of the Harvard Center for Primary Care

Out of care for the safety and well-being of customer-owners, visitors, and employees, effective immediately Southcentral Foundation requires all students, residents, externs and Learning Institute visitors to have completed COVID-19 vaccination prior to arriving on campus.


We appreciate your understanding and willingness to help keep the community safe!

  • Explore another side of health care in SCF’s Nuka System of Care, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
  • Participate in SCF’s unique Core Concepts Workshop, a relationship-based communications training
  • Gain direct experience in health care improvement
  • Attend five days of SCF’s Quality Management Courses taught by improvement leaders
  • Lead health care innovation initiatives with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of experts
  • Student in good standing with their college and who has at least completed their second year OR Medical resident in good standing
  • Demonstrate an interest in health care innovation and pursuing a health care career in primary care

Applications are available here.

Panel interviews will be scheduled with eligible applicants in March. The internship begins in August and ends June.