Children's Internships Offer Dynamic Learning

Viking 8 Focus on Future
Posted on 08/04/2022
Image of Summer Intern StudentsThe eight-week summer internship program at Akron Children’s Hospital just concluded for Akron Public Schools students in College & Career Academies of Akron.

As part of the Academy of Health and Human Services at North High School. Children’s was the first Northeast Ohio organization to partner with Akron Public Schools in the formation of college and career academies that allow high school students to explore various careers while preparing for life after graduation. They were hired to work 20 hours per week for eight weeks, gaining valuable experience as they earned money during the summer break.

The student interns worked in various hospital departments, based on their pathway and career interests. Among internships experienced by North students were:
  • Biomedical Science pathway/Biomedical Engineering
  • Allied Health pathway/Volunteer Services
  • Early Childhood Education pathway/Language Access Services
  • Biomedical Science pathway/Endocrinology and Pulmonology
  • Early Childhood Education pathway/Appointment Call Center
  • Biomedical Science pathway student who interned in Patient Experience
  • Biomedical Science pathway student who interned in Care Coordination
The internship ended July 29. At a closing program, the students presented their research projects and made formal presentations to a group of hospital employees and Akron Public Schools staff regarding their summer experience, including highlights, challenges and the three most important things they learned.

Along with learning more about working in a hospital, the students learned soft skills that are important to success such as communication and social skills, as well as being on time and dressing and behaving professionally.

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These students completed the rigorous summer internship program: Left to right - Sharda Rai; Tania Edwards; Ayanna Motley; Saru Tamang; Thomas Jefferson, Akron Children’s Hospital; Apechha Rai; Jashoda Lagun; Ivory Soe; and Dora Causey.

“Our goal with the summer internship program is to provide students with real-world work experience, while also promoting skills in professional development, leadership and basic research,” said Thomas Jefferson, the hospital’s career academy liaison and coordinator for special projects.

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