Friday, July 26, 2013

Sisters summer at the MGH


WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: From left, Anelsa, Belinda and Sara Beqo

The MGH increased the number of youth jobs and internships this summer by 15 percent, with 207 high school and college students working in 51 departments throughout the hospital and its health centers. The MGH Summer Jobs Program, now in its 23rd year, provides work experience and career exploration in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as support for hospital departments during employee summer vacations.

“This summer we have more departments and more hands-on summer job opportunities for our students who are interested in STEM careers,” says Tracey Stanley, senior manager of MGH Youth Programs in the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement. “The outpouring of interest and support from the MGH community has been tremendous.”

The Beqo sisters from Chelsea – Anelsa, Belinda and Sara – all have STEM career aspirations, and all three are working at the MGH this summer. They were born in Albania, and came to the U.S., where they learned to speak English and excelled in Chelsea schools.

Anelsa, 20, a former MGH Summer Jobs participant, returns to the hospital as a member of the MGH Alumni Internship Program. The program offers former members of the Youth Scholars Program the opportunity to apply for paid internships and guest speaker luncheons. Now in her third year of a six-year Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University PharmD program, Anelsa works as an intern in the outpatient Oncology Pharmacy Department. “I really love working at the MGH,” she says. “This opportunity has given me the chance to experience what it is like working in a hospital pharmacy, an experience most students do not have until their last years in school.”

Her sister, 19-year-old Belinda, an MGH Bicentennial Scholar who will be a pre-med sophomore at Holy Cross in the fall, is spending her summer as a research assistant in the MGH Endocrine Unit helping with osteoporosis research. “Through the Bicentennial Scholars program and working in the hospital, I became more passionate about science,” Belinda says. “One day I hope to become a doctor.” 

MGH Youth Scholar and Chelsea High School junior Sara, 16, works in the Neurosurgery Department. She wants to study kinesiology, anatomy and physiology on her way to becoming an athletic trainer for a sports team. “I am really excited to spend more time in a hospital setting and to learn more. I know that this will be a great experience.” 

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