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Hursh Jha, a sophomore, interned at Apex Resources, an oil and gas company.
For many students, when they think of summer, they see it as the ultimate time of bliss... catching up on sleep, binge watching Netflix shows until midnight, eating all the junk food possible. For many high schoolers, summer is also seen as an opportunity for self-discovery and a chance to take part in new and different experiences.
At The Village School, many students took this three-month break to pursue internships in the fields they were interested in, allowing them to make and build strong relationships.
Damini Patel, a senior at the Village School, was one of two selected to intern at the Texas Children’s Hospital this past summer. Comprised of two weeks of shadowing various leaders in the hospital and another two weeks volunteering in different clinics and specialty areas, the internship gave Patel great exposure to the hospital setting.
“I wanted to do this particular internship because I’m interested in pediatrics, and at least for now, it’s what I want to pursue a career in,” Patel said.
At the conclusion of the internship, Patel was able to apply what she observed during her time at the hospital to the creation of a proposal for the hospital, recommending that all medicine and pharmaceutical items be scanned before administrated by a nurse in order to prevent allergies.
“[Overall] this experience was beneficial because I got to see how all the different departments of large hospitals worked together to make a hospital function,” Patel said. “I got to experience different specialties that I didn’t know existed, and my understanding of hospitals and the health care industry grew.”
In addition to various internships in the medical field, such as with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, Bay Area Gastroenterology, and Lou Plastic Surgery, the Village School’s internship program also gives students an opportunity to work with companies in other sectors. For example, others interned with Adam Henderson Law Firm, The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Fuel Tech, MetaRock Laboratories, The Houston West Chamber of Commerce and West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, and more.