LifeNet’s EMT Internship is designed to equip students currently enrolled in an EMT program with the hands-on skills they need to work for LifeNet prior to finishing EMT school.
LifeNet offers the EMT program currently in Texarkana, Texas and Hot Springs, Arkansas.
EMT Interns work approximately 16-24 hours per week at LifeNet while going to school. Hours vary by division and assignments.
Interns receive hands-on experience and on-the-job training by assisting medical crews in:
• Preparing the ambulance
• Putting away equipment
• Cleaning the stations
• Cleaning ambulances
• Behavioral transports (Texarkana only)
• 3rd riding with crews (observation only, no skills)
Additional experience is gained by:
• Assisting in the supply room
• Observing in dispatch
EMT Interns who successfully graduate from their EMT program are eligible to receive a 75% reimbursement on their EMT school expenses, up to $1,000.
Additionally, because interns have already gone through the application process, once you have received your EMT license, you are eligible to be promoted to a full time EMT and can start our field training process. This, in essence, fast-tracks your opportunity to work for LifeNet as an EMT.
In order to be considered for the EMT Internship, you must complete LifeNet’s online job application. Applicants selected for a job interview will be required to pass a background check, drug test, and a physical agility test. You must also have a clean driving record.
LifeNet’s EMT Internship is a highly coveted position, and not all applicants will receive a job offer. Those who do receive a job offer are required to maintain passing grades, graduate from their EMT course, and receive EMT certification within 45 days of completing their EMT course in order to receive tuition reimbursement and a job offer for employment as an EMT.
• High school diploma/GED
• Minimum age of 18
• Current state driver’s license with acceptable
• driving record
• Negative drug screen
• Ability to pass Physical Agility Test (PAT)
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Effective interpersonal skills
• Must enroll in EMT certification program within 45
• days of hire, if not already enrolled
• Must receive EMT certification within 45 days of
• completing EMT course
When Candice Tongson decided to go to EMT school in 2017, she learned about the EMT Internship program at LifeNet and decided to apply.
“I went to EMT school because I have always been interested in the medical field, and I wanted to help others, whether it be medically, physically, or emotionally,” she said. “The intern program gave me a firsthand look at how the EMS system actually works. It is not just ambulances. There are so many other aspects that I knew nothing about. If you are interested in a career in EMS, the internship is a great stepping stone and learning experience for possibly the best career of your life.”
The EMT internship gave Candice access to the EMTs and paramedics at LifeNet, who answered questions and explained things to her when she needed help in EMT school.
“The internship helped me realize that EMS was definitely my calling. It also gave me the opportunity to get my foot in the door of this amazing company,” she said. “From day one working here, it felt like home. I know that no matter what, there is always someone to listen, guide, and teach me as I further my EMS career. The people I work with are like my second family. I can always depend on them.”
Six months after starting her EMT internship, Candice was hired on full-time in LifeNet’s communications center as a Systems Status Controller (SSC). In January of 2020, she was named a department lead a training officer for the comm-center.
“Being a SSC allowed me to become a fulltime employee with this wonderful company and use my training to help people before the first responders and medics arrive on scene,” she said. “I love being able to help people and know I made a difference. I am the calming voice a frantic 9-1-1 caller hears. Having the ability to calm them until our ambulance arrives is so humbling. It makes me truly thankful to work here.”