City of Hope, Duarte High School and the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) are offering an exciting opportunity this summer for high school students. The summer internship program will provide an on-site educational and observational experience to high school students for the purpose of exploring the wide range of career choices within a hospital - from scientific research to direct patient care to food service, marketing, human resources and information technology. Students will learn firsthand from scientists, doctors and other professionals at City of Hope - a world-renowned cancer center in your own backyard - about advances in cancer research and treatment, how patients are benefiting from them and how those advances are helping us move closer to a cure for cancer.
Students may earn five academic credits through the program. The summer program meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for six weeks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesdays and Wednesday, students will participate in a mentorship where they will complete service learning hours. On Thursdays, students will attend educational sessions with speakers from an array of health fields at City of Hope.
Sessions will be presented in a workshop format and will include training, presentations, speakers, lab and department tours. Students are encouraged to make these sessions as interactive as possible and ask questions to gain a greater understanding. The instructor will provide information on career essentials such as resume writing, cover letters and job interview techniques. Students will also complete a team project on a health-related topic. On the last day of class, students present the team research project at a celebration luncheon attended by the students’ families, mentors and community leaders.
Prospective students will participate in an interview process to determine placement within their area of interest. Among the many departments that participated in the past were: Radiology, Occupational Health & Safety, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Clinical Social Work, Rehabilitation Services, Child Life Program, Government and Community Relations, Medical Oncology-Lung Program, Digital Media/Marketing, Clinical Marketing, Infectious Diseases, Surgery and the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.
The program has strict attendance and on-time requirements; all students must follow directions and dress professionally. Students will be required to provide vaccination records and a recent TB test. Due to the program’s structure, students will not be able to participate in other summer school programs.
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Student Mentoring Partnerships
City of Hope offers multiple educational partnerships with Duarte Unified School District. Each project is currently overseen by its department of origin.In 2014 – 2017, to ensure vulnerable students are specifically targeted for participation, theseprograms will be centralized, simplified and coordinated to the development of neweducational initiatives.
Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
ROP is designed to expose high school students to the variety of professions — medical and nonmedical — found in a medical center. Students from Duarte High School and surrounding communities are matched with City of Hope professionals in mutual areas of interest that may include human resources, finance, information technology, marketing, fundraising, public health, clinical medicine, research and other professions. The students are mentored two days a week, with a third day of classes, for six weeks, for which they receive five academic credits. The goal is to help the students identify areas of interest and build a future workforce that includes students from underserved populations.