If you’re planning a career in healthcare, you have several steps you need to take. Before you can earn your degree, most healthcare students need to complete an internship. It’s where you get hands-on training and experience in your chosen career field.
Internships are a preview into the day-to-day duties of your future career; you have no idea what will happen and anything can happen. When it comes to healthcare internships, it’s important to know what to expect.
Prepare. Before you intern, make sure you’re prepared, and be proactive. Know your coursework. What you learned should mimic the work experiences you’ll face in your internship. An internship may be the first time you see how your classroom learning works in the real world.
Challenges. Internships challenge and get you comfortable with the skills you’ve learned. They professionally prepare you. It’ll be challenging, but rewarding if you’re passionate about your chosen healthcare field.
Responsibility. The responsibilities you’re given all depend on the clinic or medical establishment. Ask before you intern, so you know what to expect and to decide whether the program is for you.
Enlightenment. Internships also serve to show your strengths and weaknesses. They’re a place to gauge what you’ve learned and understand well, and what you still need to learn. Take advantage of the experience, the skills, and the materials at your fingertips.
Possible employment. Internships can lead to job offers. But don’t expect it. Do your best work, and help when it’s needed, but not only when asked. Don’t demand anything in return. You’re there to learn, build relationships, and gain experience. Appreciate what you’re offered.
What’s your advice for what to expect from a healthcare internship?