The Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation recently launched the 12th annual summer youth intern program with an orientation event held for 125 high school students who are participating in a four-week comprehensive healthcare self-development program administered by the ECMC Foundation. Sixty-five city youth, who are participants of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s annual Summer Youth Employment and Internship program, have been assigned to take part in the ECMC internship initiative, providing them with firsthand experience in the healthcare industry.
The program, sponsored by ECMC Foundation, the city of Buffalo and Mayor Brown, First Niagara Foundation, Millennium Collaborative Care, and Big Lots, offers summer interns a hospital-based career exploration to stimulate interest in employment in healthcare services and to help meet the future need for qualified personnel in this field. The interns are required to work two (2) six-hour days for a total of 12 hours per week, which includes a hospital-based career exploration program, a heart health education program, an accident prevention course, and/or a CPR certification course.
The criteria in which interns are selected to be in the ECMC Summer Youth Intern Program include: an 80% overall GPA, two letters of recommendation from their school, 14-17 years of age; attendance of 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall 2018, medical assessments, working papers, parent permission and successful completion of a personal interview.
Participating high schools include: Akron High School; Alden High School; Amherst High School; Bishop Timon-St. Jude; Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts; Buffalo Academy of Sacred Heart; Buffalo Academy of Science; Burgard High School; Canisius High School; Charter School for Applied Technologies; Christian Central Academy; City Honors High School; Clarence High School; Fredrick Law Olmstead; Frontier High School; Global Concepts High School; Grand Island High School; Hamburg High School; Health Science Charter School; Hutchinson Technical; Kenmore East High School; Kenmore West High School; Leonardo DaVinci High School; Lewis J Bennett Innovative Technology High School; Math Science Technology Prep; McKinley High School; Mount Mercy Academy; Mount Saint Mary Academy; Nardin Academy; Niagara Wheatfield High School; Nichols School; North Tonawanda High School; Orchard Park High School; St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute; West Seneca East Senior High School; West Seneca West Senior High School; Williamsville East; Williamsville East High School; Williamsville North High School; Williamsville South High School; and Wilson High School.
Photo: Orientation day for 125 high school students who are participating in a four-week comprehensive healthcare self-development program administered by the ECMC Foundation. “Thanks to the strong support of Mayor Brown, ECMC Foundation and the First Niagara Foundation, this competitive program helps educate our youth and provide them with opportunities to serve the patients of our community,” said Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D., president and CEO of the Erie County Medical Center.