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ICHS Dental Assistant Internship Program

ICHS Dental Assistant Internship Program

Mei Vuong Dental Assistant with ICHS

Launch your dental career with ICHS

Gain valuable, first-hand dental assistant training in a professional community health center setting.

ICHS' Dental Assistant internship program is a full-time, paid position offering six months of training followed by a year-and-a-half of guaranteed work experience in an ICHS clinic. Offered as a complete two-year program it will equip you to pursue your dental career in a rapidly growing, essential clinical role.

Mei Vuong | ICHS dental assistant Intern, Bellevue 2020-2022

I can make a difference in patients’ lives, especially those who don't speak English. Being able to communicate with them in their language, give them the proper treatment, and then actually explain everything to them. This is what makes me happy. This is what I want to do.

Mei Vuong | ICHS dental assistant Intern, Bellevue 2020-2022

Dental assistants are vital in the field of dentistry. They perform a myriad of key activities supporting our dentists, caring for our patients, and ultimately advancing our mission of health access and equity. ICHS is honored to offer this internship program as a paid position with full benefits to uplift the next generation of dental professionals!

Watch our vodcast below to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

About the Program

Two-Year Program

Six Months of Online Training

Paid Internship with Starting Pay of $19.00-$27.00 per hour.

Dental Assistant Licensure Covered 

Full Employee Benefits

One-on-one Supervisor for each Intern

The Internship Experience

The ICHS Dental Assistant Internship Program is a highly-valued, intensive 6-month program offered biannually that prepares our interns for a professional career as a dental assistant. Students receive full benefits and compensation from day one of their training where they are partnered with our clinic supervisors for 1:1 instruction and work alongside the whole team of dental assistants. 

Students advance in the curriculum by completing online assignments, and while in the clinic, they observe, perform under supervision, and complete check-offs to work independently. This results in a fully immersive learning experience while ensuring patient safety. 

What you will learn

Our interns learn head and neck anatomy, teeth morphology, perio charting, sterilization techniques, principles of instrument processing, dental chair operation, dental examination, and EPIC. Our interns learn first hand how to independently take x-rays, set-up for many different types of procedures, perform teeth cleaning for our pediatric patients, and learn how to adapt and assist our dentists based on each dentist's preferences. Helping to educate and answer questions for our patients are additional key responsibilities.

How the program started

The ICHS Dental Assistant Internship Program is funded by our community supporters in honor of our visionary community activist leaders that understood that access to dental services is a health equity matter. 

This internship program's mission is to uplift the next leaders in the field of dentistry. We firmly believe that access to quality health care strengthens our families and communities, and promotes a more just society. We take pride in our diverse and inclusive workforce. We value respect and support each other so each individual can achieve his or her full potential.

  • 100% paid health insurance premium including vision and Rx coverage
  • 100% paid dental insurance premium including ortho coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account for medical and dependent care expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) supporting the emotional health and well-being of our staff and their families provided at no cost to employees
  • Up to 25 days of paid time off a year
  • Life insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • “Share the Success” Bonuses
  • Reimbursement for Professional Licensure

For more Information

About applying for the Dental Assistant Internship position, please submit your questions through the contact us page with 'Human resources, internships/externships/rotations' as the Option

About ICHS

International Community Health Services (ICHS) is a non-profit community health center dedicated to providing high quality health services for Seattle’s diverse communities. 

ICHS advocates for health as a human right and welcomes all in need of care regardless of health, immigration status or ability to pay. ICHS honors and respects:

  • All races and ethnicities
  • All immigrants and refugees
  • All languages and cultures
  • All faiths and beliefs
  • All genders and sexual orientations
  • All ages and abilities

Internship Site Locations

Shoreline Medical & Dental Clinic

Shoreline Medical & Dental Clinic
16549 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
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(main line & after hours)

711 (TTY)

Bellevue Medical & Dental Clinic

Bellevue Medical & Dental Clinic
1050 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
Get Directions

(main line & after hours)

711 (TTY)

Career Opportunities

We are always looking for hardworking, caring and detail-oriented individuals to join ICHS at any of our greater Seattle area/King County clinics. Excellent communication skills and a positive, can-do attitude are a must.

Shoreline ICHS Staff Celebration photo

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