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Internship with Miami Jewish Health Systems, The Stein Institute
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Kaitlin Bass

Hometown: Frederick, MD
Major: Labor Studies and Employment Relations

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through the Liberal Arts Network Symplicity site.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

As an intern with the Stein Institute at Miami Jewish Health Systems, I played an integral role in helping develop the organization’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This is an IRS required form that helps to establish an organization’s role within the community in order for it to keep its not-for-profit status. As an intern working on the CHNA, I was able to incorporate a wide variety of skills, including data collection and information gathering, survey design and analysis, and report preparation. In addition, my boss, Dr. Moty, allowed me to assist in other functions of the Stein Institute at Miami Jewish Health Systems, including project development, updating outcome assessment databases, and tracking productivity metrics.

My internship was a truly fruitful experience being able to incorporate a multitude of skills, as well as getting to witness firsthand how multiple facets within an organization collaborate in order to reach a common goal. Interning with Dr. Moty and Miami Jewish Health Systems was an experience that I would highly recommend to any Liberal Arts student at Penn State.

“Many of my day to day tasks required me to use skills that I have learned in my Liberal Arts classes. This internship experience has reaffirmed the importance of my education.”How did this experience impact you academically?

Many of my day to day tasks required me to use skills that I have learned in my Liberal Arts classes. This internship experience has reaffirmed the importance of my education. In addition, I have enhanced and refined many of my previous skills, such as the use of Excel that I hope to be able to further incorporate in my future work. This experience has also enlightened me to the Health Care field, and has sparked a desire to incorporate Health Policy Administration classes into my Labor Studies and Employment Relations Degree.

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

For the past couple of years, I thought that I would be looking and applying for Human Resources jobs upon graduation. Although that door is not completely closed, after this internship I am open to applying to jobs outside of the HR field that would incorporate many of the skills that I have learned over this summer.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

With the fullest confidence, I would recommend this experience to all Liberal Arts students. Dr. Moty is an incredible mentor and a very well respected individual within his field as well. Working at Miami Jewish Health Systems was valuable because it showed me the importance of cooperation among all functions in an organization, much like how a Liberal Arts degree is able to teach us the importance of knowledge among a variety of subjects. Interning in Miami was an experience I’ll always cherish. I can’t put into words how thankful I am to have broadened my horizons and lived in a city unlike anywhere else.

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