Summer Internship Program for Emerging Professionals hone career and job search skills


UMass Medical School’s Emerging Professionals Summer Internship Program provides talented students and recent graduates from under-represented backgrounds in science and healthcare with opportunities to explore administrative careers in academic medicine . The paid 10-week program focuses on occupations in a variety of fields including communications, information technology, diversity and inclusion, as well as community and government relations.

Holly Brown, Executive Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion and Internship Manager (right), congratulates the 2021 class of the Summer Internship Program for Emerging Professionals.

This summer’s nine interns agreed that their experiences were valuable, exceeding expected results despite being conducted entirely remotely.

“It has been an incredible opportunity for me and my fellow interns to enter the professional world to learn and pursue our career goals,” said Colleen Farrell, a rising senior at Saint Anselm College majoring in communications. “We were all able to work on many projects in different departments depending on our interests. “

“This internship had a huge impact on my future career,” said Elizabeth Choi. “It has greatly improved my self-confidence when I tackle things that are unfamiliar to me.” Choi, a graduate in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health from New York University, takes the lessons learned as a computational data analysis intern as she embarks on graduate studies in health informatics at the University of Michigan.

Each intern was matched with a mentor based on similar educational and professional interests, providing guidance and support from like-minded professionals. Running complex real-world projects that support important corporate initiatives has given them the opportunity to hone their professionalism while learning more about what specific jobs entail.

Farrell has helped draft and submit sponsorship proposals to support the Work Without Limits program, which engages employers to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Communications intern Michelle Duong has conducted social media analysis of peer institutions and created “Why UMassMed” videos. Working as a policy research intern in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health reinforced recent public health graduate Vanessa Kibathi’s ambition to work in health policy and advocacy. Rebecca Wamala was proud to help create material for an upcoming orientation program for UMMS students of color at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The weekly Lunch and Learn workshops covered practical job search issues, including resume writing, interview dos and don’ts, and job negotiations.

“When I accepted my first job after I graduated, I didn’t think about negotiating my salary because I was just happy I got a job,” Choi said. “Now I know it’s important to recognize my personal worth and learn to navigate difficult or uncomfortable conversations. “

The Summer Internship Program for Emerging Professionals is one of many UMMS professional awareness and awareness programs that have served students from under-represented backgrounds in the biomedical sciences and healthcare for several decades.

“I think I speak for all of my fellow interns when I say we all leave this experience better prepared for life beyond college,” Farrell said at the program’s closing ceremony on August 6. .

Summer internships for emerging professionals 2021
Elizabeth Choi, BS, New York University — Information Technology
Michelle Duong, Clark University, ’22 —Communications
Colleen Farrell, St. Anselm College, ’22 —Work Without Limits
Ayaan Gill, BS, University of California, San Diego — Information Technology
Vanessa Kibathi, BS, UMass Lowell — Family Medicine and Community Health
Deisy Rodriguez Ledezma, BA, Clark University — Family Medicine and Community Health
Tarik Terry, BS, Old Dominion University — Community and Government Relations
Dylan Thomas, Dean College, ’21 —Work Without Limits
Rebecca Wamala, University of Southern New Hampshire, ’22 —Diversity and Inclusion


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