Frontier Nursing University’s Summer Courier Internship Program

In 1928, Mary Breckinridge, founder of Frontier Nursing University established the Courier Program, recruiting young people to come work in the Kentucky Mountains and learn about service to humanity. Couriers escorted guests safely through remote terrain, delivered medical supplies to remote outpost clinics, and helped nurse-midwives during home visits and births. Frontier has benefited tremendously from the 1,500 Couriers who have served since 1928.


FNU has an eight week summer internship program from June to August every year. It’s a “service learning internship focused on serving rural and under-served communities and distinguished by its legacy and the adventuresome nature of our site placements. Sites include rural health clinics and birth centers in Appalachia – as well as outpost locations across the country.” Eight week internships last from June to August each year.


What an opportunity for nurses to learn, explore and have fun! A summertime health internship sounds nice. I’m probably past the point of doing the Courier program but I just submitted a request for their post-grad DNP program. Never stop learning.

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