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.
I've removed stitches and been taught how to apply them to patients. A patient had recently had a spine fusion that fixed his scoliosis, and I was able to actually remove his stitches (with his and his mother's approval and under the supervision of my mentor). After that, I learned how to apply stitches, and practiced on tomatoes, whose skins are very similar to human skin and muscle tissues.