ECMCC 10th Annual Summer Intern Program

(l. to r.) Mayor Brown; Satoria Donovan, ECMC Summer Youth Intern Program Coordinator; Otis T. Barker Sr., Commissioner, City of Buffalo Community Services and Recreational Programming


BUFFALO, NEW YORK
—The Erie County Medical Center Corporation’s (ECMCC) 10th Annual Summer Youth Intern Program today held an orientation for 130 high school students who will participate in a four-week comprehensive self-development program for area high school students administered by the ECMC Foundation.  Fifty percent of the participating students come from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s Summer Youth Employment and Internship Program. 

 
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, “My annual summer youth employment and internship program has put thousands of young people from neighborhoods in every section of our city to work, and in 2017 we are spending the most money in Buffalo history on youth summer employment.  The 130 young people who are at ECMC will experience real-life, workplace experience, where they’ll see firsthand the demands of a busy health care facility that has an important impact on the lives of citizens.  I am very appreciative that ECMC continues to partner with my Administration on this very worthy summer youth employment initiative that will expose our children to a brighter future.” 
 
ECMCC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D., said, “ECMC is proud to host the 10th Annual Summer Youth Intern Program, thanks to the strong support of Mayor Brown, ECMC Foundation and the First Niagara Foundation. This competitive program helps educate our youth and provide them with opportunities to serve the patients of our community.  The participating students are brought into the daily workings of ECMC and are provided an in-depth understanding of how our hospital functions and cares for the patients we serve.  This is an excellent opportunity for the students to see how healthcare is delivered to the patients we serve and to consider their potential future pursuit of a career in this very challenging and rewarding field.” 
 
The program, sponsored by ECMC Foundation, the City of Buffalo and Mayor Brown, and the First Niagara Foundation, offers summer interns a hospital-based career exploration to stimulate interest in employment in  healthcare services and to help meet the future need for qualified personnel in this field.  They are required to work two (2) six-hour days for a total of 12 hours per week, which includes a hospital-based career exploration program; a heart health education program, an accident prevention course and/or a CPR certification course. 
 
The criteria in which interns are selected to be in the ECMC Summer Youth Intern Program include: an 80% overall GPA; two letters of recommendation from their school; 14 – 17 years of age; attendance of 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the Fall of 2016, medical assessments, working papers, parent permission and a successful completion of a personal interview.  ECMC’s Summer Youth Intern Program is a two-year program, where participants, if they maintain the required academic GPA, can return the following summer for the second year of the summer internship. 
 
Participating high schools include: Alden; Amherst Central; Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts; Buffalo Academy of Science; Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart; Bishop Timon St. Jude; Canisius; Cardinal O’Hara; Charter School of Applied Tech; Cheektowaga Central; City Honors; Clarence; Cleveland Hill; Depew; East Aurora; Global Concepts Charter; Grand Island; Hamburg; Health Science Charter; Hutchinson Central Technical; Kenmore West; Lakeshore Central; Lancaster; Leonardo DaVinci; Maryvale; McKinley; Mt. Mercy Academy, Middle Early College HS; Nardin Academy; Newfane; Nichols School; North Collins; Olmsted; Orchard Park; Park School of Buffalo; St. Joseph’s Collegiate; St. Francis; Saints Tabernacle School of Excellence; Springville Griffith Institute; Tapestry Charter; Williamsville East; Williamsville North; and Williamsville South. 
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ABOUT MAYOR BROWN’S SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The program provides six weeks of employment and work-readiness training to youth in the City of Buffalo during the summer months.  The Mayor’s Administration is committed to preparing city youth for the jobs of the future and the Summer Youth Employment and Internship program helps ensure the success of the next generation by encouraging young people to start their career path with a summer job. Since 2006, the summer youth employment program has provided over 22,000 employment opportunities to city youth. This year, the city’s summer youth workforce totals nearly 1,100.   
 
ABOUT ECMC FOUNDATION: From lifesaving surgery for trauma patients to the extra support that makes a difficult time easier for visiting families, ECMC offers true care at every level. ECMC Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, enhances what ECMC offers to our patients and community, secures the resources that make all the difference, and takes on initiatives to financially support the lifesaving work of ECMC.  As our community hospital, ECMC serves a range of patients and families across Western New York. Through generous community support and building connections throughout our region, the Foundation strives to make more possible for our patients, their families, and our community. 
 
ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION:  The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 602 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility.  ECMC is a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences—the difference between healthcare and true care™.