Major: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
Q: What was your internship position?
A: I interned at Dr. Gordon’s Optometry (Eye Doctor) Office in Old Saybrook, CT. My position was a “Triager” which means I would complete the basic testing of patients before the doctor comes to meet with them.
Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?
A: My main responsibility was to check patients and report their data into a medical program we used at the office. This not only kept track of the patients vitals (blood pressure, eye pressure, etc.), but informed the doctor of possible symptoms so they were knowledgeable before they even met with the individual.
Q: Did you have any work experience prior to this internship?
A: Besides my schooling and knowledge in the sciences, I did not have any work experience or internships in Optometry or the medical field. That is why I benefited from this internship so much.
Q: What were the best parts of your internship?
A: The best part of the internship was that it helped determine what I wanted to do with my career. I was initially going to pursue ultrasound as a career, but after this internship I decided to change directions. Without this experience I would still be headed down the wrong path. Another benefit was that now I have a job to go back to during the summer and even while I go into medical school. I loved everything at my internship, except maybe the 45 minute commute from Eastern to Old Saybrook and back.
Q: What are your career goals?
A: My goals are to graduate from Eastern and eventually go into medical school. In the meantime, I will be going back to Dr. Gordon’s office and gaining more in-depth experience.
Q: How important do you think internships are going forward?
A: I think internships are extremely important. In my situation, it literally turned my life around as it switched me to the right path. I think one of the vital aspects of completing an internship is that you will be able to tell if you like that line of work or not. Without interning, how will you know if you like the work you plan on doing for a career?