Health Services Authority welcomes 91 interns

Interns get ready for their new placements at the internship orientation. Seated at front are, from left, Human Resources Manager Brenda Riley, Chief Human Resources Officer Samantha Bennett, and HR Officer Vashti Morris, all from the Health Services Authority.

More than 90 interns are spending at least part of their summer at the Health Services Authority.

By the time it concludes on 15 Sept., the HSA’s Summer Student Internship programme, which began on 1 June, will have provided on-the-job training for 91 interns.

Samantha Smellie, now entering her third year of undergraduate study in Biomedical Science at Kings College London, said she jumped at the chance to work along with the HSA’s Surgical Unit.

“This is my third internship with the HSA, and I return each year because of the valuable clinical experience,” she said. “As an aspiring physician, I think that working for the HSA would be very rewarding because I would be able to treat the members of the population that are most in need.”
This year, according to a HSA press release, the internship programme was revamped to provide select students with quality work experience that aligned with their interests and career aspirations.

The programme was launched in April with an informational day, when interns learned what medical, administrative and ancillary careers were available at the HSA. Applications were then screened before students were chosen and placed in a department best suited to their interests. Each placement ranges from four to 10 weeks, with work experiences available in more than 40 departments in both Grand Cayman and at Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac.

Samantha Bennett, HSA chief human resources officer, said managers have been impressed by the work ethic of the participants this year.

“They have adapted and excelled in our busy work environment, which shows promise for their future careers. It is our hope that they will progress through their studies and that the HSA will be their employer of choice when they are ready to permanently join the workforce,” she said.

The HSA’s summer internship was created more than 10 years ago and has increased in popularity over the years, attracting many senior high school, university and college students.

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