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 always knew I wanted to go into the medical field, but this internship helped me narrow it down to pharmacy."
Emily Whitten interned in the Pharmacy department with Michael Wascovich, MBA, RPh. Although she always knew she wanted to go into the medical field, she says her years at Cleveland Clinic helped her to decide on pharmacy. She would like to return to Cleveland Clinic after obtaining her PharmD degree. "This internship has opened so many doors for me," she says. "Cleveland Clinic is one of the best hospitals in the country, and it would be amazing to work alongside the best physicians and healthcare professionals in the industry."