Teens thrive in summer jobs at Partners HealthCare hospitals

10/12/2010, 8:11 p.m.
Maygen Maldonado, a Roslindale resident and Dorchester Academy graduate, was employed in a summer job in Central Sterile Supply in the Operating Room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

This year, the Brigham hired 15 High School students into regular positions after the summer ended — a record for the program, and for the first time, the hospital convened a student council made up of six peer leaders from three of the Brigham’s partner schools. They are charged with creating a “buzz” about the program throughout the school year with their friends and classmates.  At Mass General, some of the students in the summer jobs program continue working at the hospital throughout the school year and also participate in an after-school mentoring program that offers academic assistance, college coaching and an opportunity for students to be involved with public health issues.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s employment projections from 2008-2018, nearly a quarter of all new jobs — or 4 million — created in the U.S., will be in the healthcare industry. This projection includes jobs in public and private hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities.

Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s and Mass General Hospital are responding to Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s call to support Boston’s young people with summer jobs.  Having an opportunity to work at an academic medical center and seeing some of the world’s most innovative medical science up close, is a chance for young people in our city to aspire to careers in health care and be part of a dynamic and challenging industry.

Students who are interested in working at Brigham and Women’s or Mass General Hospitals should contact the career specialist at their schools.