Student Internships - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System


Student Internships

The Black Hills Health Care System provides a wide variety of educational opportunities for current employees as well as future employees, including students, interns and residents in an array of clinical and administrative careers.
Student interns standing with a doctor.

Affiliates, Medical Residents, and Health Professional Trainees

The Black Hills Health Care System works with hundreds of medical residents and students every year.  We ask that all student questions or concerns that are not addressed by these instructions or this website be directed to your Clinical Program Coordinator or Instructor at your Institution. If your Clinical Program Coordinator or Instructor at your Institution cannot answer or address your concerns then they (not individual students) may contact the Black Hills Health Care System Department of Education at (605)720-7067.

To be completed by institution:

Letter to Affiliates

Training Qualification Credentials Verification Letter

IMPORTANT: Due to Federal Regulations, The Black Hills Health Care System is unable to support individuals observing, shadowing, volunteering or assisting as a volunteer in any type of facility administrative, business or clinical experience or capacity. All individuals seeking practical experience must be sponsored by an existing affiliate and have completed all required trainings and forms.

Instructions to apply for practical experience and/or clinical rotation:

Before you can begin your clinical experience, your school's clinical coordinator must ensure that our facility can support your desired rotation dates and is able to provide an educational experience that meets your school's requirements. This is extremely important particularly when coordinating large groups of students. Your school’s clinical coordinator should contact the appropriate trainee placement coordinator/s at our facility to get approval and to determine if the department has any unique or special requirements that must be accomplished.

Student Placement Coordinators BHHCS 

The next step is to ensure that there is an affiliation agreement between your school's specific program and the Black Hills Health Care System. Please note that no one will be allowed to conduct a practical/clinical experience without an affiliation agreement in place (No Exceptions). Check to ensure your program has a current affiliation agreement in place. If your specific school program is not listed, complete the blank affiliation agreement and email: or fax to the Department of Education at (605) 720-7188. 

Current Affiliations with BHHCS

Blank Affiliation Agreement

After an affiliation agreement is in place, there are several required trainings and forms.

To be completed by students/residents:

  1.  At least 6-8 weeks prior to your requested Clinical Rotation you should fax, email  or hand carry the following   
       forms to the Department of Education. Secure Fax: (605) 720-7188   Email to:               
       Education Department           
      113 Comanche Rd Bldg 90
      Fort Meade, SD 57741

      •  Black Hills Health Care System Demographic Form Trainee Demographics pdf         
      •  Computer Access form Computer Access          
      •  TMS certificate        
      •  VAFORM10_2850d Application for Health Professions Trainees        
      •  OF306 Declaration for Federal Employment        
      •  Important: Ensure you provide your full legal name as it appears on your legal
          Identification and that it is legible.         
      •  Failure to do this could result in delays or cancellation of your clinical experience.         

  2.  VHA Mandatory Training for VA Health Professions

       To allow students to interact with patients and have access to our information systems you are required to   
       complete a mandatory training item using the VA Talent Management System (TMS).  The item is titled VHA
       Mandatory Training for Trainees (MTT) and if you are in a multi-year program, this training must be completed
       every 365 days to remain compliant. (MTT Refresher)

       TMS can be found at  You will follow the steps in 
       TMS Profile Creation-for Trainees PDF to create your profile, launch the mandatory training item and
       complete the content prior to beginning your clinical training. 

       Facility-specific information to complete the TMS self-enrollment process:

  • VA Location: BHH
  • Trainee Type: Health Professions Trainee
  • VA Point of Contact First Name: (Kendra)
  • VA Point of Contact Last Name: (Swaney)
  • VA Point of Contact Email Address: (
  • VA Point of Contact Phone Number: (VA Fort Meade is 6053472511 without hyphens)

      Instructions to print the TMS MTT certificate:

      On the main page select learning status pod.  Hover over the completed course title. Select ” Print Certificate link”. 
      Students will include the certificate when they fax, email or hand 
      carry the rest of the paperwork.      



  3.  Absolutely no more than 120 days prior to your planned Clinical Rotation and no later than 6-8  
       weeks prior to your scheduled orientation date you will need to obtain fingerprints.   
       •  Visit the Black Hills Health Care System, Police Departments to have fingerprints 
           completed. Please complete and bring the following Police In-processing Form with 
           you: Police Inprocessing Form             

          The Black Hills Health Care System Police Department

          Fort Meade Campus                                   Hot Springs Campus

          113 Comanche Road, Bldg 148                   500 N 5th St.

          Fort Meade SD 57741                                Hot Springs, SD 57747

          (605)720-7177                                          (605)745-2020

       •  Fingerprints at the Black Hills Health Care System Police Departments are available to be done  
          Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.        
       •  You do not need to make an appointment. However, if you intend to come as part of a 
           group/class of 5 or more students you are directed to have your instructor contact the  
           Department  of Education (605)720-7067 to coordinate/schedule your visit.       
       •  If you live close to another VA Medical Center it may be possible to get fingerprints taken there.  
          You will need to provide the following code to the VA staff who does the fingerprints to ensure the  
          successful coordination and electronic transfer to our facility. SOI: VAK1 and SON: 1763 for
          Fort Meade
  4.  Please email to schedule a student orientation prior to your clinical  



      5. On the scheduled date of your Student Orientation at the Black Hills Health Care System

  You are REQUIRED to bring the Following Forms and Documents:

  • Two forms of Government ID (i.e. Driver’s License, Social Security Card, or Passport).
  • Proof of Identity

NOTE TO TRAINEES: Please report in your student uniform with student name badge to the Department of Education- Fort Meade Campus

   113 Comanche Road
   Building 90
   Fort Meade, SD 57741

   Download: Map of FM


6. Computerized Patient Record (CPRS) training is offered during orientation but if additional information would be helpful to you, use  
    the following CPRS Tab by Tab training:        

7. Please complete the “Evaluation of VA Learning Experience” following your clinical experience:

8. Students interested in applying for employment at VA Black Hills: (Narrow your search by Geographical location and Position).
    The phone number to Human Resources is (605)720-7090 (Fort Meade) or (605) 745-2018 (Hot Springs).

9. Returning Badges:  It is vital that trainees return name badges to the police department following your clinical experience. 
    If you have questions, contact the Student Placement Coordinator of the service or the Education Department.


Contact Info


  • 113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741, Bldg. 90 Education Department, Rm 107

Contact Number(s)

  • 605-720-7067 Ext. 7067

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30am-4:00pm