For students, working at Mass General Hospital this summer gave many Boston young people their first real employment experience. For supervisors, the young people working in their departments gave them flexibility during the employee vacation time. It also provided them with the opportunity to develop their full-time staff as many team leaders are often working closely to train students. For both students and their supervisors, the MGH Summer Jobs program ending Friday, August 17 offered learning and mentoring experiences that everyone valued.

FIRST JOB EXPERIENCE AND EXPOSURE TO HEALTH AND SCIENCE CAREERS: TAKE-AWAYS FROM MGH SUMMER JOBS

147 youth working throughout Mass General Hospital

15/Aug/2012

BOSTON- August 15, 2012- For students, working at Mass General Hospital this summer gave many Boston young people their first real employment experience. For supervisors, the young people working in their departments gave them flexibility during the employee vacation time. It also provided them with the opportunity to develop their full-time staff as many team leaders are often working closely to train students. For both students and their supervisors, the MGH Summer Jobs program ending Friday, August 17 offered learning and mentoring experiences that everyone valued.

For MGH Receiving Distribution Supervisor Michael Ciulla, the 8 students he had in his department this summer gave him the flexibility to meet the demands of day-to-day operations as well as special projects, such as the site visit of one of the hospital’s accrediting organizations. Ciulla added that materials management participates in the summer jobs program for personal reasons as well. “We believe that working at MGH helps a lot of young people get on the right path in life,” he said. Over the past seven years, the students have performed solid work in MGH Receiving, and Ciulla has hired or helped at least three students for full-time and part-time employment after they graduated from high school.

Alex Drumm of Dorchester worked for MGH Receiving this summer delivering packages throughout the hospital. This was the first year in the MGH Summer Jobs program for this 14-year-old, rising freshman at Community Academy of Science and Health in Boston. “This experience reinforces the examples of my parents who go to work every day, and has taught me respect, effort, community, gratitude and the ability to take feedback from my supervisors,” he said.

 

 

As the city’s largest health care employer, Mass General provides meaningful employment opportunities to Boston’s youth. As part of Boston Mayor Menino’s Summer Jobs Campaign, MGH is the city’s largest employer of Boston's summer youth. The program, operating since 1991, offers young people positive summertime activities as they are exposed to health-related careers that could be in their future. The six-week Summer Jobs Program, with nearly 150 students, is overseen by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement.

About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)

CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance abuse 
  • Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people
  • Prevent cancers through early detection and screening
  • Generate interest in science and health careers among youth