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The summer healthcare interns at Tri-County Hospital include (back row, from left): Hannah Rutten, New York Mills; Katie Schik, New York Mills; Joe Hendrickx, New York Mills; Ryan Roller, Bertha; Jessica Bakken, Bertha; Rebecca Linder, Henning (front row, from left): Jamie Kern, Verndale; Cassie Behl, Wadena; Heather Hejhal, Verndale; Taylor Schwartz, Sebeka. Not pictured: Emily Hammes, Wadena; and Justin Kern, Verndale.
Photo provided The summer healthcare interns at Tri-County Hospital include (back row, from left): Hannah Rutten, New York Mills; Katie Schik, New York Mills; Joe Hendrickx, New York Mills; Ryan Roller, Bertha; Jessica Bakken, Bertha; Rebecca Linder, Henning (front row, from left): Jamie Kern, Verndale; Cassie Behl, Wadena; Heather Hejhal, Verndale; Taylor Schwartz, Sebeka. Not pictured: Emily Hammes, Wadena; and Justin Kern, Verndale.

12 area students enrolled in TCH summer intern program

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Wadena, 56482

Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

Twelve area high school students will get an opportunity to experience the healthcare industry during a six-week internship at Tri-County Hospital this summer.

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This year's summer interns include: Hannah Rutten, New York Mills; Katie Schik, New York Mills; Joe Hendrickx, New York Mills; Ryan Roller, Bertha; Jessica Bakken, Bertha; Rebecca Linder, Henning; Jamie Kern, Verndale; Cassie Behl, Wadena; Heather Hejhal, Verndale; Taylor Schwartz, Sebeka; Emily Hammes, Wadena; and Justin Kern, Verndale.

Janet Snyder, TCH staffing/volunteer coordinator, said the summer intern program was instituted to encourage healthcare careers.

"Some students come into the program thinking they want to pursue a specific career, but they change their minds after spending time in another department," Snyder said.

Applications and program information is sent to local schools in the TCH service area in March and April. Preference is given to applying high school juniors who think they might be interested in healthcare career. Snyder said this age is targeted because students are still trying to decide what they want to pursue in college. Students return the application, along with a cover letter and a letter of reference from health and science teachers. There is an interview process before the summer interns are chosen. Snyder explained that the process is very competitive with about 25 students applying every year.

The internship program started in 1991, in cooperation with the Minnesota Hospital Association. Students work 100 hours over six weeks in many patient-care departments for hands-on experience.

If you would like more information on next year's TCH summer intern program, contact Snyder at (218) 631-5205.

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