Careers at East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Careers at East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Children's Hospital offers a variety of exciting job opportunities in many different areas throughout our pediatric medical center. Our employment opportunities include a wide range of jobs in clinical areas such as nursing, rehabilitation therapy, pharmacy, social work, laboratory services, and respiratory care, as well as support roles in food and nutrition, environmental services and clerical positions.

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In addition to our main hospital location in Knoxville, we also offer employment at Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Children's Home Health Care facilities and our many primary care clinics throughout the 16 counties in East Tennessee.

Employee Benefits

Employees of Children's Hospital enjoy a variety of outstanding benefits, including competitive salary and wages, health and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement and many other benefits. Learn more about our employee benefits.

For more information about career opportunities at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, contact a recruiter at (865) 541-8294, or email an Employment Specialist in our Human Resources Department at

Internships and Training at Children's Hospital

Internships, Training and Professional Education

Children's Hospital supports health care education by offering student internships, externships, nursing scholarships and training programs for student nurses, pre-med students, social work students, child development specialists and others pursuing health care as a career. Children's works jointly with the UT Medical Center and UT Medical School to provide medical school rotations in family practice, surgery and other specialties at our facility. Children's Hospital also provides the clinical rotation in pediatrics for third-year residents of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee.

The hospital is also the pediatric clinical training site for student nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology students and students in other health care disciplines from colleges throughout the area. Furthermore, Children's Hospital is an accredited Continuing Medical Education provider in Tennessee. As a CME provider, Children's Hospital conducts and sponsors relevant CME programs for physicians and nurse practitioners who treat children.

"Everyone knows when they say they work at Children's Hospital, somebody will likely share a story of how we impacted their family. This gives me great strength to endure, as a nurse, even during the greatest of challenges." - Josh Picquet, B.S.N., R.N., C.P.N.

Child Life Internship Program

East Tennessee Children's Hospital offers Child Life internships, where college students can work beside child life specialists in the hospital setting. If you would like information about our internship, including requirements, or if you would like to apply for an internship at Children's Hospital, please download and complete our Child Life internship application form. The Child Life internship position at Children's Hospital is unpaid.

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Nursing Externship Program

Children's Hospital has been named an "Outstanding Employer for Nurses" by the Tennessee Nurses Association and is committed to helping students make a successful transition into a career as a professional nurse. Nursing students in our Extern Program receive encouragement and support from experienced nurses while having the opportunity to observe this region's finest pediatric health care firsthand on a daily basis. Children's Hospital offers you this opportunity in an environment where you can also have a positive impact on the lives and health of children. If you are entering your senior year of nursing school and seeking a clinical experience, applications are accepted for the Nurse Externship Program. The program runs annually from May through August.

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Employee Spotlight

Find out what it's like to work at Children's Hospital by reading testimonials and stories from the people who work here.

Casey Owens

Inspired by the care and support the nurses showed her and her family during the many days and nights she spent in Children's Hospital battling cancer in 2003, Casey wanted to help children just like her one day. Today, her dream is a reality, as each day she embodies that same passion for her patients that was shown to her as a child.

Casey Owens, Staff Nurse

Equal Opportunity Employer

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, genetic information or disability and strives to establish a workforce that is representative of the community, patients, and families that we serve. At Children's Hospital, we honor the American heroes who bravely protect and serve our nation. Veterans, reservists, and members of the military, along with their spouses, are encouraged to apply for employment.