Derry, NH — Parkland Medical Center is launching its inaugural Healthcare Career Exploration Program for area high school and college students with four local students. The seven-week paid internship will give students the opportunity to shadow and be mentored by professionals in various healthcare roles by giving each student rotations throughout the hospital. Rotations will include two weeks on an inpatient unit; two weeks in surgical services, the emergency department, or trauma; and three weeks in ancillary services such as the lab, imaging, outpatient therapy, and quality.

“The Healthcare Career Exploration Program will give local students the opportunity to work alongside many of our talented healthcare professionals, to learn more about the different career paths available to them, and to get an inside look at what a career in healthcare could look like for them,” said John Skevington, chief executive officer at Parkland Medical Center. “Our staff looks forward to sharing their healthcare knowledge and expertise with the students and providing a positive internship experience.”

In addition to the clinical and administrative rotations, each intern will be assigned a leadership mentor who will give them a hospital-based project to work on throughout the summer, which they will present to administration on the last day of the program. Various staff members also will talk to the students about career opportunities in their respective fields and personal career paths.

In order to be accepted into the program, student applicants had to submit an essay detailing their career aspirations and why they are interested in this internship, provide two letters of recommendation, and complete a formal interview with members of the hospital leadership team.

Students who have been accepted into the program and will be interning at Parkland Medical Center’s Healthcare Exploration Program this summer are*:

Amrita Arumugam of Salem
Sophomore at Salem High School

Audrey Charette of Londonderry
Junior at Londonderry High School

Lana Lababidi of Windham
Junior at Windham High School

Leilani Muchai of Candia
Junior at Pinkerton High School

*Most recent year of school completed