COOL FOR THE SUMMER: Interns able to grow their networks

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

This week: Mary Grace Hemingway

Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

Take Mary Grace Hemingway, for instance. 

The 20-year-old Owensboro, Ky., native, majors in Clinical Leadership and Management, and earlier this year, she was wondering what she might do for an internship this summer.

“I landed this internship through a project in my CLM 120 class,” she says. “When interviewing (Owensboro Health President and CEO) Mark Marsh for a career profile, I asked if the organization had any summer internships opportunities for healthcare administration.”

Turns out, they did — and she got one. Proof positive: Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

“My summer internship is under Mack Howell, Chief Operating Officer of Owensboro Health Medical Group,” Hemingway says. “A majority of my schedule consists of shadowing leaders in the organization, making spreadsheets, earning certificates and sitting in on meetings/interviews.”

 And now that she’s doing it, she says she’s enjoying the experience.

“I have really enjoyed this experience as I have gained a knowledge of many different positions and departments,” she says. “I have not had an interest in a certain field of healthcare, so being able to spend time in different departments has helped guide my path.”

Hemingway acknowledges that CLM emphasizes interning — and she agrees that it’s an important part of a student’s education.  

“Gaining experience in the industry is important as it presents parts of the career that you may love, or ones you may not prefer,” she says. “This aids in steering your education in a more specific path that helps your future. It is also an opportunity to grow your network, which we in the CLM program always hear is so important.”

Each week we'll feature another student who is participating in a summer internship.