Local student who have served as interns at Endless Mountains Health Systems included (front, from left) John Pearce – Mountain View, Richard Cocchini – Lackawanna Trail, Joshua Semken – LT, Mark Dunckle – LT, (back) Isabella Jagoe – LT, Mikenna Lee – LT, Paige Hyde – LT, Mackenzie Frisbie – MV, Madison Schermerhorn – MV, Kelsie Rumola – MV, Alyvia Dunham – Wyalusing, and (not pictured) Emily Biesecker – MV.
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Students from Lackawanna Trail, Mountain View, Elk Lake, Montrose and Wyalusing recently participated in multi-week hospital internships set up by Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC) at Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) in Scranton and Endless Mountains Health Systems (EMHS) in Montrose.
“Our program is designed to expose students to the various healthcare career options available to them in our area,” stated Deb Tierney, NTIEC Educational Coordinator.
Students traveled to the hospitals one-day a week to experience first-hand what it would be like to work in a hospital setting. Each week the interns rotated to a different department engaging with hospital staff. “This opportunity allows our students to learn so much about careers in healthcare, which in turn helps them in deciding what areas of healthcare they would like to explore further,” Tierney explained. Students are always amazed at how many jobs there are available to them that are not directly related to medicine (e.g., engineering, information technology, and finance). One student stated that the experience has changed her career focus and that she definitely wants to go into nursing. Anderson states that “EMHS has had students from the program come back and become an employee at EMHS. In addition to providing an extensive overview of healthcare careers during their internship, the students learn that there are good healthcare jobs in their own community.”
NTIEC hosts a variety of career programs for area students throughout the year. For more information on our programs please reach out to Deb Tierney at 570-278-5038 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.