The Flynn Fellowship Program


We facilitate and fund college-level nursing internship programs with leading hospitals in the oncology field. Our mission is to stimulate career interests in Oncology nursing, and to foster the professional development of the next generation of Oncology nurses.

How do we do it?

We connect college nursing students with our summer internship program at our participating hospitals. Interns are competitively selected by the host hospitals via a rigorous application process. 

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Our interns (Flynn Fellows) participate in an 8-10 week preceptor-based, comprehensive, clinical immersion experience in oncology nursing. Our annual fundraising efforts primarily support the stipend costs for this internship program, in which the students grow not only as skilled nurses, but as caring humans as well.

Read on for more details about our objectives & program structure


The objectives of the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program are to:

  • Stimulate the career interest and foster the professional development of the next generation of Oncology Nurses
  • Raise the visibility of Oncology Nursing as a career choice and provide a vehicle to expose the “best and brightest” undergraduate nursing students to this critically important and highly rewarding field
  • Promote effective partnerships between the leading cancer care Hospitals and top Nursing School programs to help attract and develop future Oncology Nurses
  • Improve the quality of care for future cancer patients and their families


The Fellowship program typically involves an 8-week Summer Internship at a leading cancer care hospital. The undergraduate student nurse participants--who must be “rising seniors”--are competitively selected by the host Hospital based on a rigorous evaluation of their academic and personal credentials and their interest level in Oncology Nursing. In most cases the host Hospitals restrict applicant eligibility to students from their primary academic partner(s). Most of the participating Hospitals are Magnet-designated, attesting to their demonstrated commitment to nursing excellence.

To enhance the program’s overall academic content, all Fellows are required to take the Oncology Nursing Society’s online Cancer Basics course, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Undergraduate online course, and to read Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande and The Conversation by Dr. Angelo Volandes to provide them with a foundation in Palliative Care. Several Fellows also received ELNEC (i.e. end-of-life nursing education) training during their Internship. In addition, participating Hospitals are continuing to add additional academic content to their respective programs.

Applications, which are usually handled online, are typically due by January 31st (if not sooner) and the Fellows are selected by early March. At the time of their selection, the Fellows are awarded a complimentary membership in the Oncology Nursing Society (“ONS”). The Fellows typically receive a compensation stipend of approximately $5,000.

Experienced Oncology Nurses serve as preceptors and mentors for the Fellows selected for this program, enriching and personalizing the student’s learning experience. In addition, the Hospital’s nursing education staff plays an active and valuable role in the program, including serving as a resource for the student’s “evidence-based practice” research project.



  • To continually improve the content and quality of this Program by sharing "best practices" among Hospital participants and collaborating with them on Program improvements (e.g. continuing education/development of Program grads)
  • To maximize the Program's effectiveness in attracting, inspiring and helping to develop the next generation of Oncology Nurses
  • To successfully use this Program as a "talent pipeline" at all participating Hospitals for their upcoming staffing needs
  • To develop and implement a sustainable long-term Funding Plan (including possible Grants, financial partners--i.e. foundations/corporations/individuals--matching gifts, and special events)
  • To actively engage Flynn Fellow program grads in the marketing, advocacy, and sustainability of this Program



In 2020, the following hospitals participated in the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program:

  • Boston Children's Hospital (Boston, MA) ***
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) ***
  • Children's National Medical Center (Washington, DC) ***
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Hartford, CT) ***
  • Greenwich Hospital (Greenwich, CT)
  • Hartford Hospital (Hartford, CT)
  • Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY); incl. Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital ***
  • Stamford Hospital (Stamford, CT)
  • UCONN Health Center (Farmington, CT)
  • Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (Dover, NH)

Note: Pediatric hospitals are starred ***

See the LINKS section to access information on each of these Hospitals and find information on their respective Fellowship Programs.

In addition, several of the country’s leading Undergraduate Nursing Schools are participating in this program, including:

  • Boston College
  • Catholic University 
  • Emory University
  • Fairfield University
  • George Washington University
  • Molloy College
  • Pace University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Simmons College
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of St. Joseph
  • University of Scranton
  • Villanova University


In addition to continuously improving our Fellowship Program, we support other professional development opportunities for our Flynn Fellows, including:

Industry Leading Conferences & Seminars 

We sponsor program grads to attend conferences and programs that will enhance their Oncology Nursing knowledge and skills; examples include:

  • ONS annual Congress Conference
  • Schwartz Center’s annual Compassion in Action Conference
  • Mass General’s annual Spirituality & Patient Care: Hope and Healing Conference
  • Order of Malta’s annual Lourdes Pilgrimage program

Jonas-Flynn Oncology Nurse Scholars Program