Monday, August 26, 2013 - Broward Health Community Health Services Prepares Interns to Meet Career Aspirations

Rita FArlene Campbell, Myrlande Etienne, Medina Awada, Claudette Grant and Jasmin Shirley at Broward Health’s summer internship graduation.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Each summer, organizations welcome college students through their doors, extending internships that offer an inside look at business operations and provide practical experience perfect for resumes. In June, Broward Health Community Health Services welcomed Medina Awada, 22, and Myrlande Etienne, 26, two of 25 interns who spent the summer with Broward Health. While Awada and Etienne didn’t know exactly what to expect, they quickly learned that unlike performing the stereotypical internship duties of answering phones and fetching coffee, they would be given the opportunity to become an integral part of one of the largest public health systems in the country.

In 2000, Broward Health’s summer internship program was designed for students nearing completion of a bachelor’s degree or currently enrolled in a graduate program from an accredited college or university. The summer internship program provides students with an opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their academic studies while helping Broward Health fulfill its mission.

On July 30, Awada and Etienne officially joined the 13th class to graduate from Broward Health’s summer internship program. After developing knowledge and skill sets in a community health center setting at Broward Health’s Comprehensive Care Center and Specialty Care Center, Awada and Etienne reflected on their time and new knowledge.

Awada, who is a senior at the University of Central Florida studying health services administration, says that her internship not only related to her career path, but also allowed her to get hands-on experience, especially during her time at the HIV Research Clinic. “I was assigned the task of researching the clinical research process and policies for the department to assist staff. At the culmination of my internship, I created a process improvement plan for the operations,” she says.

Etienne, who graduated from Florida International University this past spring, immediately doffed her graduation cap, donned a business suit and began interning at Broward Health. With a career objective of becoming a healthcare manager, she gained real-world experience while working on a customer service delivery process research project. “All of the skills obtained will be used in my intended career path,” Etienne says.

“The upcoming demands within the healthcare industry will need talent such as Awada and Etienne, who can add significant value to healthcare in an environment steeped with change,” says Arlene Campbell, site administrator of Broward Health’s Specialty Care Center.

“By earning practical work experience from some of the best and brightest in the healthcare industry and networking with potential future employers, each intern is developing themselves for future leadership roles in the industry,”  Frank Nask, chief executive officer of Broward Health, said at the intern graduation. “Since the internship program’s inception, its main objective has been to recruit and train highly qualified interns to create and sustain a talent pipeline of future employee partners for Broward Health.

According to Awada, her internship more than fulfilled that goal, saying, “Professionally, I have gained a lot of insight into how a public health institution operates. It prepared me for what to expect in my future as a healthcare administrator and what it takes to be a leader in the healthcare community.”

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