For dozens of Adventist Health System (AHS) summer interns, 12 weeks of hands-on work experience and training culminated with an opportunity to showcase the fruits of their labor, as the Leadership Development Program hosted its second annual intern expo at the organization’s corporate office.
More than 40 interns participated in the expo, where posters and exhibits that illustrated their experiences and accomplishments as interns were on display. The interns in attendance were also able to interact with various AHS leaders and employees to discuss what they learned over the course of their internships and even get some advice as they look toward the future.
“The expo is a great way for our interns to wrap up the summer, and I’m extremely proud of all the work they have done,” said Gina Creek, director of leadership development for Adventist Health System. “I look forward to seeing this year’s interns use their experience with us as a springboard toward achieving their career aspirations in the health care industry.”
The interns spent the summer working in various disciplines across the organization, which included management, information technology, finance and nursing leadership. The nine schools represented at the expo were Andrews University, Harding University, Pace University, Oakwood University, Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, University of Central Florida, Union College and Walla Walla University.
Andrew Taylor, a rising senior and accounting major at Oakwood University, expressed appreciation for the opportunities to grow and build relationships offered by the expo and the internship experience as a whole.
“My internship has been an amazing experience, and I was able to learn a lot about the business side of health care,” said Taylor. “I am just thankful to be here at the expo. It’s great to be able to meet people, network and maybe create a lasting relationship, so having the opportunity to display the things that I have learned here is a blessing.”