The goal of the expanding high school internship program is to educate students from around the Cleveland area about the various opportunities offered to them through healthcare in the hopes that they will find their niche and eventually enter the field, possibly back at Cleveland Clinic. Several interns have already answered this call and are in the process of completing their education to become healthcare professionals. Others who are part of the 2009 program have determined through their experiences during the summer that they want to go into healthcare and return to Cleveland Clinic. In doing so, these current interns are helping the Office of Civic Education Initiatives to reach its goal - they are leaving the internship with a plan for the future.
"As interns, we are not only experiencing new, unforgettable things. Instead we have a special knowledge acquired from experience, a knowledge that tells us the world needs us now more than ever. We can spend the summer here and learn as much as possible about ourselves and our interests, so that when the careers of doctors and nurses are completed and left behind, we will be readily prepared to pick those jobs up, right where they left off."
"When you're sick or hurt, something as small as a piece of art can make you smile."
Creative Learning Intern Leah Backo worked at Wyse Advertising during the summer of 2009, completing a project for the Office of Civic Education Initiatives while learning about the advertising work Wyse does for Cleveland Clinic. She is interested in a career not in the medical field, but in the arts. Her experience at Cleveland Clinic has piqued a desire to use her passion and talent for art to make a difference for patients. "I'd like to come back to Cleveland Clinic as a curator," says Backo. "I like the feeling of helping people and knowing I make a difference. That's all I really need in a job: to make a difference in this world by helping people in some way." Backo emphasizes that while art doesn't automatically come to mind when one considers patient care, it is an important element. "When you're sick or hurt, something as small as a piece of art can make you smile," she says. "People notice the art at the Clinic. It makes them feel better." "