Friday, July 11, 2014

MGH summer jobs brighten futures


WARM WELCOME: MGH Youth Programs Alumni are greeted by MGH president Peter L. Slavin, MD.

One hundred and forty eight high school students from Boston, Chelsea and Revere are working for six weeks this summer as part of the MGH Summer Jobs Program, now in its 24th year. The job program offers paid summer employment for youth, professional development training and support for hospital departments during employee summer vacations.

MGH employees from the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) are leading the student workshops. Volunteers include Waveney Cole, staff assistant in Patient Care Services; Jeremy Kinyua, patient financial aid representative; Karima Ricketts, office supervisor in Pathology; and Pamela Cazeau, senior patient liaison in Executive Health Services.

Working with Dianne Austin, AMMP chair and workplace diversity program manager, and Carlyene Prince-Erickson, director of MGH Training and Workforce Development, the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement is piloting “Working at MGH 101” for the entering ninth graders, the youngest cohort of students.

“The students will learn what it takes to be successful in the workplace – and more specifically what it means to be successful at the MGH,” says Prince-Erickson.

Students in grades 10 through 12 will take part in communication and professional branding workshops, career panels and elective workshops around stress and relaxation, finances and preparing for life after high school.

The MGH also has hired 36 college students to participate in the Alumni Internship Program for 10 weeks this summer. Thirteen will work in hospital laboratories. Most of the participants previously worked at the hospital as high school students. The college interns also will participate in weekly professional development workshops and meet with the high school students to share their college experiences.

“The Summer Jobs for Youth and Alumni Internship programs would not be possible without the help of Bulfinch Temporary Services and the more than 40 hospital departments and health centers who host the students,” says Tracey Benner, program coordinator for MGH Youth Programs. “We are grateful.”

For more information on volunteering for MGH Youth programs, contact Margo McGovern at or 617 724-3210.

Read more articles from the 07/11/14 Hotline issue.


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