Since 1967, Catawba Valley Medical Center has built strong relationships with the people, businesses and communities throughout the Catawba Valley. As the region’s largest not-for-profit community hospital, the Catawba Valley Medical Center has been a great work-based learning partner with Catawba County Schools for many years.
The 2016 Health Careers Summer Internship Program is co-sponsored by Catawba County Schools and Catawba Valley Medical Center. The program is designed to recruit, educate, and prepare high school students for careers in the health professions. Students participate in activities that include 70 contact hours of presentations, tours/observations, and clinical internship experiences. Students who successfully complete the internship will receive ½ credit. Specifically, the program’s aim is to identify eleventh through twelfth grade high school students who have an interest in, and academic potential for, a career in the health sciences. During the program, the students describe roles and responsibilities, career outlook, salary ranges, educational preparation, and credentialing of select health professions. They observe state-of-the-art health technology equipment and procedures used in various health professions and develop an understanding of the health care delivery system and the principles of medical ethics and safety. Students may solidify a decision to enter a health career field through work study experience within the assigned area. They develop effective skills of personal development in areas such as peer relations, teamwork, stress management, and leadership. The internship experience within the learning environment integrates school life with the adult world of work.