Interns at Northwest Medical Center in Albany have been gaining experience while helping others with a Community Service Day.
By Amy Gully
The Albany Ledger
Experience is an important key to any job a person wishes to pursue. It is especially important to young people who will be joining the workforce to give back to their community.
Northwest Medical Center was awarded a Grow Your Own Grant that brings awareness of the health field to residents in the area. This year 12 interns where given the opportunity to be involved in the NMC’s Summer Internship Program to gain experience in health related fields such as business and clinical positions. Anyone who was interested in being apart of the program applied by April 15; the interns who were chosen went through an interview process to be accepted into the program.
The Summer Internship Program lasts anywhere form six to eight weeks and exposes interns to the careers they plan pursue. Though the program, it gives interns the opportunity to “come back to rural life and help serve the people who served them,” said Vickie Cline, NMC human resources director. Interns who will be going into the clinical field have the opportunity to interact with patients while training to take vital signs and interns in the business field will gain an understanding of the field they will work in later in life.
“This internship has really helped me experience the business side of a hospital and it will help me to get a job later in life,” said Shaylynn Craig.
The Summer Internship Program is helping to better not only job experience, but gives back to the people who are cared for in the community. Intern Morgan Miller agrees.
“After everything my community has done for me I feel like giving back to them and helping around town is the least that I could do,” Miller said.
NMC interns also participated in a Community Service Day and helped others around the community. This included everyday cleaning, renovations, babysitting and yard work. Their community service helped not only the residents of Albany but also of Stanberry and Maryville.
“Overall, it was a great day and I enjoyed helping people in our community,” said Leslie McCampbell. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity and should be continued on for future interns.”
When the interns returned to the hospital at the end of the day, their supervisor was impressed with their enthusiasm for community service and with their drive to take initiative to do work that was not necessarily assigned. She praised them for their hard work.
“Having a Community Service Day was a great experience,” said Aimee Noble. “Giving back to the community is something that everyone should want to do.”