By Whitney Myers | November 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment
Me at my first internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC
I am a healthcare management major within the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and for my major, a 200-hour internship is required for seniors graduating the following year. Students are able to participate in internships any time to get exposure and experience, but the Healthcare Management Internship class (HCM 490) is required for graduation.
This past summer, I participated in two internships in two different states. My first internship was at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and my second was at UNC Healthcare at Chapel Hill. While I enjoyed both experiences, it certainly took a lot of leg work and planning to get to those points. I had to consider living arrangements, whether the internship was going to be paid/unpaid, and who the primary person of contact was.
Because I did two internships, I had to break them up equally so I could receive the most information and experience in a short amount of time. My first internship in Charleston was four weeks long. There, I was an administrative intern in the Department of Ambulatory Care Services. In this particular department, we analyzed and made clinical rounds on patients who were receiving outpatient care- patients who do not stay overnight. I also sat in on managerial meetings with my supervisor and attended various sub-departmental meetings.
One of my future plans is to work in the Human Resources Department in a hospital. I knew UNC Healthcare provides great patient care and is a well accredited hospital. When setting up the internship, I made contact with the director of Learning and Organizational Development within the HR Department. Even though I was only there for three and a half weeks, I gained so much knowledge! I worked within a certain department of HR, but I was still able to shadow individuals and experience other departments such as Employee Relations, Benefits, and HR Recruitment.
Internships are vital parts of a college career. They can potentially get your foot in the door for future job employment, and personal contacts are made for your name to be kept in mind. Here are a few suggestions when beginning your search for internships.
- Network! Network! Network! – You never know who your family, friends, professors, and even coworkers may know who can assist you when finding or providing you with an internship.
- Research – Both of the internships I acquired this summer, I found and researched myself. I narrowed down what I was interested in and I made the necessary contacts.
- Have an up-to-date resume – It is important to have an up-to-date resume so when managers and supervisors review it, they will see the things you have done in the past, but also see what you are currently doing that makes you suitable for an internship position.