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 would love to help my hometown continue to provide excellent medical care."
Annie Matz was a Nursing Intern during the summer of 2009. She worked with Kim Navratil, MSN, RN, in the Progressive Coronary Care Unit at South Pointe Hospital. Matz says the program played a big role in the plans she is beginning to make for her future. "Because of the internship, I am positive I want to go into nursing," she says. "I now know that there is no other job as rewarding for me." Matz hopes to attend college in Ohio in preparation for returning to the place where she first made her career decision. "I would love to return to work at Cleveland Clinic," she says. "I would love to help my hometown continue to provide excellent medical care."