How did you find this internship?
A department faculty member referred me to this position.
What did you do as an intern at this organization?
At my internship I managed outstanding invoices for all of MedStar Health. I had to go into the system to see which department at which site owed what amount of money to which company. It involved a lot of emails and phone calls to get budgets checked and monies moved around to ensure that vendors were receiving payment.
What did you find most rewarding in your internship?
At my final directors meeting the vice president of my department told me how much I helped MedStar as a whole, and that was really rewarding. I set up multiple new systems within the supply chain department that hopefully will decrease the number of outstanding invoices.
What were the challenges you faced in your internship?
Not getting paid was the hardest challenge. My internship was over an hour from my house so putting gas in my car was a struggle sometimes. I mostly worked 7 days a week during my internship so that I could afford to pay for day-to-day life. It was really hard but looking back on my experience, I learned a lot about saving my own money and working hard.
If another student at TU was interested in your internship next year, what skills would you recommend they develop in the coming semesters to prepare?
I would tell future interns to be open minded. When I first started my internship and found out I would be sitting at a desk in a cubicle all day I wasn't exactly thrilled. But I made friends there, and I was able to go to a few of MedStar's sites and learn about much more than just my internship department. I would also say that being a good listener is crucial. The directors and other employees at your site are more than willing to help you, but they have their own jobs and workloads to take on too. So if you ask a question listen carefully the first time. Lastly, maintaining a positive attitude is super important. An internship should be exciting because you're finally getting out of the classroom and into a real life setting. If you're unhappy about your pay, boss or environment, it's going to make the entire experience a negative one.
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