Rosalind Strickland, senior director of the Office of Civic Education Initiatives, had a unique vision in mind when she created the summer internship program. "My goal was to create a program that would go beyond the traditional shadowing and observation and provide students with real-world, hands-on learning opportunities," she says. Interns are taking advantage of this vision and obtaining first-hand experiences through their internships. Even more impressive than the fact that as high school students, interns are able to move beyond observation at all is the sheer variety of the activities they are permitted to do. From taking vital signs to analyzing samples, interns are being given the opportunity to discover first-hand if their chosen careers fit.
Pharmacy & Behavioral Sciences
In the Behavioral Medicine unit, I've been able to make rounds with the psychiatrists and help the nurses serve meals. Also, I've been brainstorming with one of the recreational therapists to think of activities for the patients to do for group therapy sessions. In the pharmacy, I've been filling outpatient prescriptions and inpatient unit doses under direct supervision. I spent an entire day making IV injections, in fact. I've also been able to help prepare some oncology drugs and have been delivering drugs throughout the hospital since early in the internship.