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A WorkReady intern's experience prepared him for more than just work

Category: WorkReady | Sep 14, 2012

Philadelphia - Mario Lee was a WorkReady Summer 2012 intern at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Admissions department. “Every day is different. I work with different people and I do everything from filing to verifying patient information.” He participated through University City District with support from The Philadelphia Foundation – GlaxoSmithKline Inspiring Youth Endowment Fund.

Before he began his internship, Mario wasn’t quite sure that it would be a good fit, but soon learned that it suited his strengths and allowed him to see different aspects of a hospital. “I didn’t think that I was an administrative kind of person, but I enjoy the office environment. It can be quiet…it can also get busy. I’m a people person; being here gave me a chance to interact with my co-workers and with patients. I really liked shadowing.” Mario shadowed different staff members as they connected with patients, a job that he eventually got the opportunity to do on his own. “I enjoyed talking to the patients.” He was charged with visiting patients’ rooms to inform them of the paperwork they needed to submit.

Mario credits his summer work experience with teaching him two things that are vital to being productive:  multi-tasking and learning quickly. “Sometimes I was given more than one thing to do at a time. I learned that if I am focused, I can get things done. It definitely helps that I can pick-up things fast; I didn’t know that about myself until now.”

One unexpected benefit of his internship at CHOP was the advice he received from staff on college life. “They told me what to do, what not to do, and what to look out for. It was helpful.” This advice couldn’t have come at a better time: Mario just began his first year at Kutztown University, where he plans to major in Psychology.

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