Professional Student Nurse Extern (PSNE) Summer Program

The purpose of this program is to interest, challenge and provide professional nursing students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of oncology patient care at the nation’s foremost comprehensive cancer center. The program seeks to promote nursing at MD Anderson Cancer Center within the student nurse population and positively impact the recruitment of graduate nurses.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the PSNE summer program, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full time in an accredited BSN school of professional nursing;
  • Have completed their junior year of nursing by the beginning of the summer program;
  • Verify excellent academic standing by submission of unofficial school transcript;
  • Have a desire to work with the oncology patient population;
  • Be able to work 36 to 40 hours per week for the duration of the 10 week program, including some weekends; and
  • Be able to complete institutional and nursing PSNE orientation (orientation is scheduled for two to three weeks in late May.)
  • Students are ineligible for PSNE summer program if enrolled full time in an academic nursing classes during summer semester.

The program will begin in late May and end early August and is limited to first-time participants only.

Frequently Asked Questions about SPSNE program.

Clinical Experience

The program length is 10 weeks. Selected applicants will complete an orientation overseen by Nursing Workforce Planning and Development. Each student will be assigned to work under the direct supervision of registered nurse preceptors in one of our many clinical inpatient specialty areas.

MD Anderson inpatient areas include:  Post Anesthesia Care; Urology and Orthopedics; GI Surgical/Sarcoma; Telemetry/Thoracic Surgery; Rehab/Neuro; GU/GI/Endoscopy; Melanoma/Sarcoma; Head and Neck/Breast Surgery; Medical Oncology; ICU/CCU; Pediatric and Adolescent; Gynecologic/Radiation; Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy; Leukemia; Palliative Care; and Lymphoma. 

Oncology Nursing Seminars

In addition to the clinical experience, students participate in seminars taught by nursing experts and other disciplines. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Oncology Nursing
  • Pathophysiology of Cancer
  • Characteristics of Major Cancers
  • Oncologic Emergencies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Treatment Modalities
  • Quality of Life and Ethical Issues

Academic Credit

Schools of nursing may approve this program as a nursing elective for college credit. Students must have this approval from their schools before the start of the program. Schools of nursing may have additional requirements for academic credit. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the necessary paperwork to obtain academic credit.


This is a temporary position. Students are paid an hourly salary and must be able to work 36 to 40-hour work week. This position is not eligible for benefits.


The responsibility for housing rests solely with each student. The Texas Medical Center has provided a list of some options in the area.

How to Apply: two part application process.

Online applications through Human Resources is currently unavailable until early spring 2017.

1. To complete the online application through Human Resources, select "Search Openings," and then enter keyword: "PSNE". 

2. Download program application packet information below:

Email the requirements listed in the "Eligibility and Material Requirements Letter" to

Please note that mailed or hand-delivered packets will not be accepted.

Contact Information

Nursing Workforce Planning and Development
Phone: 713-792-7924