High School Summer Internship Program
The High School Summer Internship Program at Regional West Health Services is a nine-week program in which students in their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school work 20 hours per week. By rotating through various departments, both clinical and non-clinical, students gain firsthand experience of the health care delivery system in its entirety. The program is designed to provide Regional West interns a broad and rigorous experience in the delivery of health care, so they can go on to seek a rewarding career in the health care field of their choice.
All summer interns will rotate through various departments and units, both clinical and non-clinical. Examples may include but are not limited to: outpatient clinics, Acute Rehabilitation, Human Resources, Environmental Services, Emergency Medicine, nursing units, Facilities Management, Finance, Food Services, Imaging, Home Care, Rehabilitation (outpatient and inpatient), and Surgery. Interns will perform a variety of functions such as hands-on work, special projects, group activities, and shadowing in areas of clinical care. Rotating through departments allows interns to experience a wide variety of skills within the health care system. Additionally, interns will learn how all areas of the hospital impact the patient experience at Regional West.
Each intern will be paired with a mentor from within the Medical Center or Physicians Clinics. Interns and their mentors will meet routinely for updates, education, and mentor support throughout the nine-week experience.
At the conclusion of the summer intern experience, interns will meet as a group with a designated group of leaders from Regional West Health Services, and each intern will present an individual capstone project. The capstone project is a presentation of the intern’s experience over the summer, along with details of how the internship has shaped or crafted the direction in which he or she may choose to go following high school. There will also be a celebration of the group’s accomplishments at this time.
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