CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities?
Aarushi: My responsibilities were divided into three parts. The first one was at Boston Medical Center, an administrative position where I worked at the walk-in clinic and helped the staff sign patients in and direct them to where they needed to be. I also made phone calls to remind them of their appointments, as well as other administrative duties. The second one was at St. Francis house in Boylston where I worked at the Foot Clinic, checking homeless patients’ feet as they come in, giving a diagnosis, advising on foot care, and applying pain relief methods like foot soaks, socks, and medicine. The last portion was at the Stacey KirkPatrick house in Jamaica Plain, where I was the activities leader. I organized activities for the patients such as games, arts, and crafts.
CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship experience?
Aarushi: Honestly, keep as busy as you can! But also have fun in what you do. An internship that doesn’t interest you and which you’re just doing so that it “looks good on your resume” will never keep you happy and you will never love what you’re doing. BU offers such great resources for you to take advantage of when it comes to finding internships. And never, ever give up! There are a thousand places in Boston alone that are looking for students. You just need to never lose hope and try everywhere you can.
CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences?
Aarushi: What will benefit me in the future in the medical field is the direct patient care that these positions have taught me. Listening to the patients, their hardships and their stories has taught me compassion and knowledge in areas I wouldn’t learn through a book.