Health Careers Immersion Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't have transportation?

We know transportation can be a significant barrier for some students. In the past, students have used public transportation and carpooling to address this issue.  Also, we make every effort to minimize travel to multiple locations during the semester.  If transportation will be an issue for you, please contact us as soon as possible.  There is good news! We received a grant to assist students with transportation to health career related programs! Email us for more information.

Do I get to pick my schedule?

You will  asked to provide your availability to us in the forms packet, and we do our best to accommodate schedules of those accepted into the program.  Most placement rotations take place between the hours of 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday - Friday.  Your assignment will be 2.5 hours, 2 times per week.  Evening and weekend placements may be considered, but only if we have available sites. 

Students who request Spectrum Health – Medical Explorers, must commit to a timeframe of 2:30 pm-5:00 pm on Tuesday/Thursday. No exceptions.

Do I get to choose the places where I will be visiting?

You will provide your health career interest area and preferred placement sites in the online application. We do our very best in placing interns in locations/departments that match their interests, however, we can't guarantee it. 

In this program, we intentionally offer a wide variety of experiences to help you learn more about health careers and your own interests. You may be exposed to health careers you haven't considered before, and we encourage you to keep an open mind throughout the semester. 

Again, if you select Spectrum Health - Medical Explorers, you must be available from 2:30 pm - 5:00 PM on Tuesdays/Thursdays.

Why is there so much paperwork?

As patient privacy legislation (HIPAA) has moved forward, more and more health care settings are limiting the number of opportunities for young people to explore health careers in clinical settings.  The Health Career Internship has been able to maintain this wonderful opportunity by ensuring that our students are properly screened and prepared to enter the hospitals and other clinical work sites.  By completing all the required forms, training modules, and immunizations, we are making sure you will be safe and prepared to enter the workplace.

Can I get credit for this Immersion experience?

Maybe.  Some schools offer classroom credit for students that complete the requirements of the Health Career Internship.  You will need to speak directly with your guidance counselor to see if your school offers credit.  Even without earning credit, the Health Career Immersion is a wonderful career exploration opportunity and will provide you valuable experiences, career knowledge and a chance to meet real professionals in the health care industry!

What happens if I am unable to finish the semester?

Hospitals and clinical settings volunteer significant time and energy into making this a valuable experience for students. We don’t want to jeopardize our relationships with these organizations by placing students who cannot commit to the entire semester. However, we know that sometimes unforeseeable circumstances can impact your commitments. BEFORE YOU APPLY, it is important to carefully consider your career interests, school schedule, and current extracurricular activities (sports, job, clubs, church, etc.) to determine if you actually have time to participate in this program. Please only apply if you can commit to the entire semester/trimester.

If you are taking the internship for credit, and do not complete the requirements, you will forfeit the credits.

Will my child be safe?

The safety of your student is of utmost importance to the KISD's Health Careers Immersion Program. As a reminder, your student will not have direct contact with patients. This is an observation program.   While healthcare facilities have inherent risks (exposure to bacteria, viruses, blood, etc.) we have taken measures to protect your student and the patients from additional risk by requiring current immunizations, TB tests, and the flu vaccine.  Additional workplace safety will be addressed at the mandatory KISD orientation, in addition to the 4 online training modules that will be required as part of the program requirements. 

Upcoming Events

November 18
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 18
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
November 21
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
6:00 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
6:00 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
November 23
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
3:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 23
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

This six week crash course willintroduce high school students in 9th – 12th grade toskills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session willinclude a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacksand Ride to Read passes will be available.

Titles:

· Thursday,November 2, 2017 – What Your Library Has to Offer: GRPL Databases

· Thursday,November 9, 2017 – Telling Your story: The College Essay

· Thursday,November 16, 2017 – You Are Your Brand: Digital Citizenship for FutureProfessionals

· Thursday,November 30, 2017 – What is a Research Question?

· Thursday,December 7, 2017 – Credit Where It's Due: Plagiarism and Copyright

· Thursday,December 14, 2017 – True or False: Making Sense of the Media and Other Sourcesof News

November 25
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 25
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.