Each year, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness Department coordinates a summer jobs program that has a lasting impact on both the hospital and the students. By working with the Boston Private Industry Council, BWFH is able to give local high school students the opportunity to learn about careers in the healthcare industry. This summer, 11 students from Boston Public Schools participated in the program.
“This year, we were able to have the students work here on site within the various departments in the hospital for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Katie Plante, Community Health and Wellness Program Manager at BWFH. “We had students working in all areas of the hospital, including the Patient Experience Department, Materials Management, Transport and the Central Processing Department. In addition to their work experience, they also had the opportunity to participate in an interviewing workshop with our Workforce Development Program Manager Mary Duggan.”
Meet the students!
Veronica Jaimes (left), who is a senior at Boston Latin School this fall, and Lana Cooper (right), who is studying nursing at UMass Boston this fall, greeted patients at the front desk.
Nia Floyd (right) worked in the cafeteria alongside Cafeteria Manager John Dantona. Nia is a senior at the Community Academy of Science and Health this fall.
Emily Surette, who plans to study nursing at Worcester State University in the fall, worked in Outpatient Rehabilitation Services.
Neil Jin (left), who is a junior at Boston Latin School this fall, and Danny Nguyen (right), who will be studying Biology at Boston University starting in January, worked in Materials Management.
Aleeza Gavin (right) worked in the mailroom alongside Mailroom Technician Rose Iantosca. Aleeza is a junior at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science this fall.
Mery Rodriguez, a 2022 high school graduate, worked in Transport over the summer and plans to begin her career this fall.
Kamila Kamil worked in the Central Processing Department. She is a senior at the Boston International Newcomers Academy this fall.
Ayanah Correia worked in Transport over the summer and is a senior at Boston Latin Academy this fall.
Anne Liang worked in Inpatient Rehabilitation Services over the summer and is studying Molecular Cellular Biology at Harvard University this fall.
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