West Reading, Pa. – Reading Hospital recognized eight local seniors from Reading and Wilson High Schools who have completed the Reading Hospital High School Internship Program at an end-of-year reception celebrating the accomplishments of the fifth annual class of interns.
Four students from Reading High School and four students from Wilson High School served as interns during the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of the program is to expose students to the wide variety of careers in healthcare, both clinical and non-clinical, and provide them with hands-on opportunities to learn. The internship also teaches them skills they can use in the future, such as financial literacy, resume writing, and interviewing techniques.
This year’s interns worked in a variety of departments, including: Emergency Department, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Procedure Area, Call Center, and Beginnings Maternity Center.
A total of 38 students have participated in, and completed, the Reading Hospital Internship program since its inception in 2014. The majority of the interns have gone on to pursue higher education, many of them solidifying their interest in pursuing a career in healthcare upon completion of the Reading Hospital Internship Program. Four past participants are current employees of Reading Hospital, while a number of others have served as interns over summer breaks.
“Reading Hospital is proud of all the participants of the internship program, past and present,” said Desha Dickson, Associate Vice President, Community Wellness at Reading Hospital. “These students came to work every day and made a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. They succeeded in supporting their colleagues as well as our community. I know they will continue to do that in all of their future endeavors.”