2023 intern program ends on a celebratory note
For 15 years, our six-week intern program has brought youthful energy and fresh perspectives to our work. This year’s enthusiastic interns came exclusively from the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), a New York City program that connects young people aged 14 to 24 with paid summer work experiences that can open doors to career opportunities. Floating Hospital interns assisted staff with tasks such as shadowing patient navigators and providers in the clinic to helping with outreach at community events—activities that develop critical skills in time management, communication, administration, teamwork and leadership. This summer, we offered lessons in conversational Spanish so that interns could assist the recent high volume of Spanish-speaking migrants seeking our services.
Last month, interns accompanied our community outreach team at the Consulate General of Mexico, helping inform more than 100 newcomers to the United States on the importance of regular medical care and signing them up for appointments at The Floating Hospital. Earlier in the season, they engaged with Ravenswood Residence Association members and the New York Police Department at Ravenswood Family Day, a family community-building block party to help build neighborhood vigilance. They also participated in a pilot program community outreach director Cynthia Davis launched this year to strengthen connections at local senior centers. Interns kept company with Ravenswood residents, playing trivia games, reading books and dancing.
On Aug. 10, our season of services and personal growth culminated at SYEP’s Youth Power Day, a resource fair for young adults. While we hope our program will guide them to a career in the healthcare field, our larger goal is putting them on a path to their future success and making a positive contribution to society. One intern said about her summer experience: “I felt a genuine sense of making a positive impact. Regardless of my future path, giving back will remain a core part of it.”