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OHCC has been an active participant and strong supporter of the internship programs sponsored by the Office of the President and coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. Our clinic also selects talented MercyWorks students who fit our program needs.
Typically, nonclinical interns work with Patricia Rector, Director of Outreach and Education. "The projects the students work on expand our clinics’ ability to advance our public health mission, understand issues affecting workers' health and safety,” Rector said. “Their efforts help us find new solutions by listening carefully to the voices of workers struggling in a tough economy.”
Upstate’s Presidential Summer Internship Program
This program engages the skills of underrepresented minority college seniors headed to graduate school, graduate students, and talented underrepresented minority professionals from the Syracuse Metropolitan Area.
This year’s paid Presidential Intern was Mozart Guerrier, MSW, who conducted video interviews with a wide spectrum of African American community members. These oral histories invited participants to reflect on
OHCC also hosted a MercyWorks SYNERGY paid summer intern, Julyanne Rosario-Vazquez, who successfully created a database of human service resources for worker/patients in our Southern Tier region, handled multiple online information-gathering assignments, and assisted in bilingual worker health and safety training. Her work at the clinic helped her advance her own goals toward becoming a nurse.
MercyWorks is a professional development program that targets goal-oriented minority students from the city of Syracuse—high school seniors who are college bound, or undergraduate students.
For more information about Upstate’s summer internships, especially those at the Occupational Health Clinic, go to http://www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/internship.php or contact Pat Rector at (315) 432-8899, Ext. 127.
During the academic year, there are other nonclinical internship possibilities at the OHCC for undergraduate and graduate students. Often students receive academic credit for these internships. One outstanding intern developed a project that earned national recognition by the American Public Health Association’s Occupational Health section in 2010.
We are open to discussing possible work projects with students in journalism, public health, labor studies, political science, social work, computer science, among other fields. Contact Pat Rector at email@example.com to explore possible project assignments or ideas.