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."
"I came into the program wondering if I would be interested in medicine at all."
Science Intern Ariana Bovell started at Cleveland Clinic with no clear idea of her future plans. "I came into the program wondering if I would be interested in medicine at all," she says. Bovell spent the summer working in the Cardiology department, and says she has developed a strong interest in that field. Her shadowing experiences showed her the opportunities in fields such as Neurology and Orthopaedics as well. She is leaving Cleveland Clinic with a definite goal to pursue medicine. "The internship program was definitely successful in making me consider medicine as a career," she says.