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Internship with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Erica Buonomo

Major: Spanish Business Option
Minor: Health Policy Administration, International Studies
Hometown: University Park, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found out about this enrichment experience through my boss. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia informed me that I was able to receive school credit for my time at CHOP. I took the appropriate steps to enroll in LA 495, which allowed me to receive credit for my internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I worked as an International Medicine/Patient Services intern at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. During my time at CHOP, I completed data analysis projects focused on individual patients, data integrity and validation projects, and upkeep of patient files. My experience was amazing. I got my feet wet in a professional environment and learned how multiple departments come together to work as one business unit. My time at CHOP broadened my horizons in both the health care and international business industries.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It confirmed my choice of major and made me excited for the real world.

I am a Spanish Business major and Health Policy Administration minor at Penn State. My dream is to do international work. My experience at CHOP allowed me to officially say that is exactly what I was looking to do in the future. I was emerged in an international work place. There were more than 20 languages spoken in the office. I was able to experience such diversity while going into work every day. Additionally, my main work was business related; however, as I was in a medical field I had the awesome opportunity to have both fields incorporated in my work. It was an overall amazing experience. It confirmed my choice of major and made me excited for the real world.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals include working in an international setting. I am more business oriented, so having the experience to do business work in a hospital setting was absolutely amazing. I do not know any technical information about the medical field; however, my experience made me want to be able to help people through my work and feel the impact of personally interacting with people, like I did when I worked with the patients. I like the direct relationship my work had for the patients of CHOP. I hope to be able to work in an environment where I see an impact.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I would recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students. Having an internship is an amazing opportunity. Being able to gain experience from the real world before graduating is the best thing to do.

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