Each summer, Tri-County Health Care participates in the Summer Health Care Internship Program (SHCIP), opening its doors to local high school interns who have an interest in the healthcare field.
The goal of the program, which is managed by the Minnesota Hospital Association, is to provide students a chance to work in a healthcare setting and give them exposure to a variety of opportunities and medical environments, including learning how each department directly or indirectly impacts one another. The MHA provides a grant to TCHC that allows 10 students to join the program as paid interns.
From June through the end of July, students had the opportunity to visit and shadow numerous departments including rehab, IT, clinic and hospital nursing, social services, EMS, emergency department, marketing, lab, and much more.
At the end of their internship, nine students stated they wanted to remain in healthcare and pursue positions including radiology, pharmacy and nursing. This experience also helped another individual confirm her desire to work with animals in a health-related field. Another student is already preparing to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after high school.
Starting this fall, TCHC will offer another opportunity for high schoolers to take part in the healthcare setting with VolunTeen. This program allows teens to give a helping hand to patients, visitors and staff of TCHC. To apply for VolunTeen, visit our Careers page and click on Shadow/Intern Opportunities.
This year’s interns included: